Native name
TypeState-owned enterprise
IndustryConsumer electronics, mobile internet
Founded2013; 10 years ago (2013)
FounderRen Zhengfei
HeadquartersShenzhen, China
Area served
ProductsSmartphones, laptops, wearables, accessories
RevenueUS$50+ billion[citation needed] (including Huawei) (2018)
ParentHuawei (2013–2020)
Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology Co., Ltd. (2020 (2020)–present)
Websitewww.hihonor.com Edit this at Wikidata

Honor is a smartphone brand majority owned by a state-owned enterprise controlled by the municipal government of Shenzhen. It was formerly owned by Huawei Technologies. Honor provides smartphones, but has also released tablet computers and wearable technology.

In 2016, George Zhao was global president of Honor.[1] In November 2020, Honor was acquired by Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology Co. Ltd.[2]


Honor logo from 2013 to 2018
Honor logo from 2013 to 2018
Logo since 2018

Honor was founded in 2013 as a Huawei sub-brand.[3] Honor's line of smartphones allowed Huawei to compete with mid-range online smartphone brands in China and globally.[4][5][6] Honor primarily sells products online, but some Honor products are also available at stores in selected markets.[7][8]

In November 2020, the Honor brand was sold to Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology, a majority state-owned company controlled by the Shenzhen municipal government, to "ensure" its then-parent company, Huawei's survival, due to US sanctions against them.[9][2] U.S. sanctions restricted the sale of hardware components to Huawei by American firms.[10]

Timeline of international expansion

Honor began to offer its products internationally in 2014,[3] launching the Honor 3C in April in Malaysia,[11] followed by the Honor 6 in Europe in October.[12] By June 2015, the brand was available in 74 countries.[6] In October that year, announced to increase revenue to $5 billion with plans to focus on India.[13][14]

In 2015, Honor's Vmall online store, previously available only in China, launched in Europe and the United Kingdom, enabling direct purchases from the manufacturer.[15][16][17]

Honor made its debut in the United States with the release of the Huawei Honor 5X at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2016.[1][7][18] Initially available for online purchase only, the Huawei Honor 5X was later made available at select brick and mortar stores.[1] Also this year Honor started to sell the first fitness-trackers.[3]

In August 2016, Recode reported that Honor had sold over 60 million products, generating over $8.4 billion in revenue.[19]

In January 2017 at CES, Honor announced that the Honor 6X, previously available only in China, would be available in thirteen new markets, including the United States.[20][21] The phone earned "best of CES 2017" accolades from several technology publications, including Android Authority,[22][23] Digital Trends,[24] Slash Gear,[25] and Talk Android.[26]

In 2018 Honor started to sell laptops and smartwatches, in 2019 earbuds and TVs.[3]

On 21 January 2021, Honor launched their first non-Huawei phone, the V40, after the dip in production of Honor devices caused by the removal of Google's Android mobile operating system after US sanctions, and a lack of support from Huawei's R&D division.[27]


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  2. ^ a b "Huawei selling Honor phone brand in face of US sanctions". Associated Press. 17 November 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d Tom Bedford (20 January 2022). "What are Honor phones? A guide to the company and its smartphones". TechRadar. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
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  5. ^ Stinson, Ben (22 January 2015). "Huawei Honor 3C review". TechRadar. Future plc. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
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  8. ^ Ellis, Tomos (4 June 2015). "Honor 4X review". TechRadar. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  9. ^ Livingston, Scott (11 December 2020). "Huawei, HONOR, and China's Evolving State Capitalist Tool Kit". Center for Strategic and International Studies. Retrieved 20 September 2021.((cite journal)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Nakashima, Ellen; Whalen, Jeanne (19 September 2021). "Key security agencies split over whether to blacklist former Huawei smartphone unit". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  11. ^ "Quad-Core Huawei Honor 3C To Be Available In Malaysia On 29 April, Might Costs Under RM 600". Lowyat.NET. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
  12. ^ Boxall, Andy (29 October 2014). "Huawei tries something new, relaunches the Honor 6 smartphone without the Huawei name". Digital Trends. OCLC 810203593. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Aiming to double profit, Huawei's Honor brand eyes India". The Economic Times. The Times Group. 7 October 2015. Archived from the original on 4 April 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  14. ^ Khan, Danish (10 October 2015). "Huawei planning to make smartphones in India". The Economic Times. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
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  16. ^ "Huawei Honor 7 to launch in the UK for less than £200". GSM Arena. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  17. ^ Hanson, Matt (July 2016). "Honor 7 review". TechRadar. Archived from the original on 13 August 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  18. ^ Nofuente, Kyle (18 December 2015). "Huawei Mate 8 and Honor 5X Debuting in US at CES 2016: Report". Tech Times. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  19. ^ Fried, Ina (16 August 2016). "Despite its tiny U.S. market share, China's Huawei is launching a second brand here". Recode. Vox Media. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  20. ^ "CES 2017: Huawei announces global launch of Honor 6x, priced at $249". Firstpost. 5 January 2017. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  21. ^ Woollaston, Victoria (3 January 2017). "CES 2017: Honor unveils a £225 handset with a two-day battery life". Wired. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  22. ^ Grush, Andrew (10 January 2017). "Best of CES 2017: the most impressive products from the show". Android Authority. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  23. ^ Banerjee, Ankit (10 January 2017). "Interview with Honor VP Zack Zhang at CES 2017". Android Authority. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  24. ^ "Digital Trends Top Tech of CES 2017 Award Winners". Digital Trends. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  25. ^ Davies, Chris (8 January 2017). "The Best of CES 2017". Slash Gear. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  26. ^ Herrick, Justin (9 January 2017). "Talk Android Best of CES 2017 Awards". Talk Android. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  27. ^ Kharpal, Arjun (22 January 2021). "Honor launches first phone since being sold by Huawei after U.S. sanctions". CNBC. Retrieved 23 January 2021.