Honor, the budget smartphone brand of Huawei Technologies, is launching a new flagship handset in the UK on Tuesday which is likely to become an immediate test of reported restrictions Google is placing on its business with the Chinese company after it was added to a US trade blacklist last week.

The Chinese company has not yet changed its plans for the grand launch of the Honor 20 Series on May 21 in London, which comes 10 days ahead of the unveiling of the same product in the domestic market in Shanghai on May 31, two people familiar with the matter said, who wish to remain anonymous as the information is private. They added that the launch plan could change at any time.

Huawei did not immediately respond to a query about whether its London launch plan had been impacted by a Reuters report on Monday that Google has halted business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services.

The Shenzhen-based firm, currently the world’s second-largest smartphone supplier behind Samsung, is currently reliant on Google’s Android operating system for its handsets in overseas markets… see more

source: scmp