back to article A point of Honor: Huawei in talks to sell its youth-focused smartphone business – report

Embattled Chinese comms giant Huawei is said to be in discussions to sell its semi-autonomous Honor sub-brand in a deal that could raise up to £2.8bn and help refocus the firm's mobile lineup on high-margin flagships. Huawei has reportedly pitched the business to Digital China Group, a Shenzhen-listed integrated IT services …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Any potential sale could remedy the ongoing challenges facing Honor's business. It follows that if Honor ceases to be part of Huawei, the crushing restrictions placed upon it would no longer cease to apply, and it would be able to resume normal operations."

    If they "no longer cease to apply", then nothing has changed, as they (the restrictions) apply.

    1. martinusher Silver badge

      Wishful thinking. If a ban didn't have the desired effect then another is just added to the list. The goal isn't anything short of destroying Huawei.

      There's no particular reason for another company to aquire the business. They can already make smartphones.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        At worst, it would eliminate a major competitor.

        But more likely, the new owner wants access to industry leading design.

  2. Spanners Silver badge

    Huawei should pause everything

    If the US selects an adult to be president, it is possible that Trumps Trade War (TM) will peter out. How much ability to continue harm would he have until the "swearing-in" in January?

    1. martinusher Silver badge

      Re: Huawei should pause everything

      There's a lot of momentum built up around China and Cold War. Trump may have started the ball rolling but there are plenty of people to keep it going and not enough adults to stop it.

      What might bring things to a halt is that these bans are negatively affecting US businesses. They're using both lobbying and lawsuits to get their voices heard. The justification for these bans is in the interpretation of hasily drawn up legislation enacted post-9/11 and is really an abuse of power.

      My guess is that China will just quietly build up the missing bits of the business and carry on doing what they do. Don't forget that "Huawei", the name itself, translates (Wikipedia) to "Splendid Achievement" or "Chinese Achievement". Its not a matter of business, its national honor, and the Chinese have shown time and again that when it comes to a choice between national honor and extra dollars they'll choose honor every time. So we're suck in a war we can't win and they won't lose with the only way out being for us to give up and stop harassing them or to just start an all out war (don't discount that -- it won't be the first time).

      Incidentally, I have a Honor 9X phone. Its not really a 'youth oriented' phone, its more 'a cheap phone that's outstanding value for money' (so its only youth orientation is cost). Think of it as a half price Apple SE with a better camera and larger battery.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Huawei should pause everything

        When the world stops buying Chinese products, Trump will have won.

        That won't happen in his lifetime. Or ever.

        In fact, the world will be buying a lot more from them in the short to medium term, due to increasing global poverty. Customers will be looking East, not West.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    i've just replaced my huawei mate 20pro, given it to the wife, as my contract was up. It is a cracking phone and I would have replaced it with a mate 40 when released but I can't be doing with pi$$ing around sideloading app's etc without the play store :o( So i've gone for more Chinese with a oppo find X2 pro which is quite nice but not a massive leap from the mate 20.

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