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Honor launches phone with Huawei 5G chip

Zhu Shenshen
The new Honor 30S boasts hardware similar to Huawei's flagship P30 model, but at an affordable price aimed at young consumers.
Zhu Shenshen

Honor, Huawei’s brand targeted at young consumers, has unveiled its new Honor 30S handset with Huawei’s new 5G chipset. 

The Honor 30S is the first phone powered by the Huawei-developed Kirin 820 5G chipset. The phone also features a 64-mega-pixel quad camera and 40W fast charging. It will begin sales in the domestic market on April 7, with prices from 2,399 yuan (US$343).

“It’s a 5G product really designed for young people, with good price and quality,” Zhao Ming, Honor’s president, said during an online conference held on Monday night.  

The phone's photography and AI systems use similar components and architecture as the Kirin 990, the high-end 5G chipset that's used in Huawei's much more expensive flagship P40 model.

The debut of the new 5G chipset represents the company’s strategy to reach more consumers, including young people with limited spending power, industry insiders said.

More than 26 million 5G smartphones have already been sold in the Chinese market. In February, 5G smartphone sales accounted for one-third of total new phone sales, said the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

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