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Huawei spinoff Honor secures Qualcomm backing for new phones

US chipmaker's CEO welcomes Chinese brand's first global launch on its own

George Zhao, CEO of Honor Device, talks about the Huawei Technologies spinoff's collaboration with Qualcomm at an Aug. 12 launch event. (Screenshot from the event)

TAIPEI -- China's Honor, the former budget brand of Huawei Technologies, launched its first smartphone geared for the global market on Thursday since being spun off from its embattled parent to skirt U.S. export controls on vital components.

Honor's Magic 3 series will use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G Mobile Platform, the U.S. chipmaker's top-of-the-line mobile processor.

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