Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon 888 mobile platform at the Snapdragon Technology Summit on December 1. All major smart phone brands are expected to release flagship phones equipped with SD888 in 2021. It seems that Honor may also launch smartphones using Snapdragon 885 next year.
When Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon was asked about the cooperation with Honor in a video interview, he replied:
“Qualcomm is very pleased with the emergence of a new participant in the market. It will bring more consumption potential to the market and consumers will like it. I like the vitality of the Chinese mobile phone market and hope that Honor can bring more good products. But now everything has just begun, and we will also have a dialogue.”
Previously, Honor was expected to release the Honor V40 series in December. However, new leaks indicate that it may be officially listed in January 2021. Due to the US trade ban, the Honor V40 series may not be equipped with the new Kirin 9000 that fuels the Mate 40 series.
It is widely believed that the Dimensity 1000+ chipset may power the V40 model.
Honor is expected to release Honor 40 series flagship phones in the second quarter of 2021. It is not clear whether it will be equipped with the Snapdragon 888 chipset.
Amon also talked about the cooperation between Qualcomm and Huawei. He said that although the company has applied for licenses for all product lines from the U.S. government, it is only allowed to provide Huawei with 4G chips, computing and Wi-Fi products.
Amon added: “Of course we want to do business with Huawei on 5G flagship products, but this can only be done after approval.”