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Honor 50: a Snapdragon SoC and (maybe) Google services


A few weeks after the announcement of the Snapdragon 780 5G, Qualcomm introduced a new mid-range processor focused on gaming and photo, the Snapdragon 778 5G. Honor revealed in a press release that he “would go on to become one of the first Android OEMs to use the latter chip, integrating it into its upcoming HONOR 50 series flagship.“Information that the brand’s German Twitter account was delighted with last Friday.

A user then took the opportunity to ask if the new smartphones would be compatible with Google’s services, and the response was positive … for a while, because it has since been deleted (see the screenshot of our colleagues from Android Authority).

Android Authority screenshot of Friday, 05/21/2021 at 3:49 p.m.

Tweet left too early? In any case, when the Internet user then replied: “I have been waiting for this for so long”, Honor’s German Twitter account continued the conversation, writing: “Believe us: we too!”, message that can still be viewed as of this writing. According to our information, it is indeed very likely that Google services will make a comeback on devices equipped with Qualcomm SoCs, which has not happened since the US embargo against Huawei in May 2019.

The times have changed

At that time, Honor was still owned by Huawei and both brands were subject to the same restrictions which resulted in significant drops in revenue. The Chinese giant had to resolve in November 2020 to sell its subsidiary to a consortium of 40 Chinese companies for $ 15.2 billion.

But now that Honor is an independent brand, the situation could improve, allowing the company to, why not, reclaim its place in the telephony market, even if it will have to face fierce competition made up of Xiaomi, Oppo, realme and other Chinese manufacturers offering entry-level and mid-range devices at competitive prices.


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