Huawei sold off its Honor sub-brand last year, allowing the latter to forge out as its own independent company. Importantly, the move enables Honor to revisit old partnerships, such as Google and Qualcomm, which were sorely lacking from some of the brand’s recent releases.

The Honor 50 series, first launched in China, is making its way to global markets this month. It will be the brand’s first phone to land for global audiences with Google services installed since gaining its independence. Although Honor and Huawei may be separate entities, their intertwined legacy remains evident across the Honor 50. Well get into that later, but first, let’s dive into what Honor can do with its newfound control and direction.