In May, the US government had directed its companies to not supply software and hardware to the Chinese smartphone brand Huawei. Despite the crackdown, Huawei and its sub-brand Honor have assured current device users will continue to receive updates, although the fate of future devices from the brand looks bleak. In a press release today, Honor asserted that its recently launched Honor 20 series smartphones which includes the Honor 20, Honor 20 Pro, and Honor 20i, will get the upcoming Android Q update. Honor’s parent company Huawei also assured customers that it would bring the latest version of Android to its flagship devices including the Huawei P30 series and Mate 20 Pro.
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— Honor India (@HiHonorIndia) June 27, 2019
In a press release, Honor stated: “All Honor smartphones and tablets will continue to receive security patches and Android updates. Anyone who has already bought, or is about to buy an Honor smartphone can continue to access the world of apps as they have already done.”
The news is a relief to those who have recently bought an Honor smartphone or are planning to purchase one that is already available in the market. While only the Honor 20 series and other unspecified “popular devices” will get Android Q, it’s safe to assume that other Honor phones will receive iterative updates of the current Android version, as well as security patches. Honor had launched the Honor 20 series in India earlier this month after the US ban came into effect. However, there is no exact timeline confirmed regarding the roll out.
The Honor 20 and 20 Pro are flagship phones, while the Honor 20i is a mid-ranger from the company. The former two come with a punch-hole display measuring 6.26-inches. The Honor 20 and 20 Pro are powered by a Kirin 980 chipset coupled with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. The regular variant is backed by a 3,750mAh battery while the Pro model is fitted with a 4,000mAh unit, both with support for 22.5W fast charging. Both the devices sport a quad-rear camera setup.
The Honor 20i comes with a waterdrop notch display. Under the hood, it houses Kirin 710 processor with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The device is equipped with triple rear camera setup and a 32MP front shooter. It draws its power from a 3,400mAh battery unit with support for rapid charging.
The Honor 20 series runs Android 9 Pie OS layered with EMUI 9.1 on the top. Huawei is widely expected to launch its own operating system as ArkOS in Europe later this year.