Honor said in a statement that its phones are subject to a security review from Google and that its devices will have the option to pre-install Google Mobile Services (GMS) across compatible devices, in accordance with Google’s licensing and governance models.
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“Consumers will be able to experience GMS-equipped Honor smartphones and tablets,” the company said.
A spokesperson confirmed that the Honor devices referred to in the statement include the newly announced Honor 50 series of devices.
The devices are available for initial order in China on June 25, and are coming to international markets such as France, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom at a later date at a price to be announced.
Honor has not been able to provide Google apps and services, including the Google Play Store, on its phones since its previous parent company, Huawei, was included on the US Entity List, forcing Google to withdraw its Android license.
What changed with the Honor 50 series is that Huawei sold Honor at the end of last year, allowing the company to work with Google again.
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Meanwhile, Huawei is still unable to use Google’s software and is putting its own operating system called HarmonyOS as an alternative.
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Reports about the return of Google software to Honor phones surfaced last month, after the German company’s account leaked the news in Tweet It is now deleted.
Moving on to the devices themselves, the most noticeable are the rear cameras, which are arranged within circular protrusions.
The phones have a quad rear camera with a 100-megapixel main lens, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth lens.
The Honor 50 Pro has a dual front camera with a 32-megapixel primary lens and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens. While the Honor 50 has a single 32-megapixel front camera.
And both phones have a screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. Honor 50 Pro includes a 6.72-inch screen, while the other device has a 6.57-inch screen.
Available colors include silver, bronze, green and black. The phones are powered by the Snapdragon 778G processor from Qualcomm.
The Honor 50 Pro has a 4000mAh battery that can be charged at up to 100W.
While the Honor 50 has a 4,300 mAh battery that supports 66W fast charging.
The return of Google’s software to Honor phones is unlikely to make much difference in China. The phones are usually sold without the Google Play Store.
The price of Honor 50 in China starts from about 425 dollars, while the price of Honor 50 Pro starts from about 580 dollars.
Besides the two flagship phones, Honor is also announcing the cheaper Honor 50 SE, which starts at $375.