Huawei is in talks to sell part of Honor... And Xiaomi could be the buyer
Huawei has three potential buyers for Honor on the table
Huawei is in talks with several Chinese companies regarding a potential deal to sell part of the Honor smartphone business, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
The sale, which would have previously been unimaginable, could generate up to 25 billion yuan ($3.7 billion) for Huawei. Current plans are for the sale to be all-cash, although Reuters claims the deal could end up being smaller in value at only 15 billion yuan ($2.2 billion).
Other potential suitors include TCL, a company known for TVs and its recent smartphone efforts, and rival Xiaomi, the fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer behind Apple, Huawei, and Samsung.
If a deal is reached, Huawei will turn its focus to the higher-end smartphones marketed under its own name.
Ming-Chi Kuo says it would be a win-win for Honor
The report comes less than a week after analyst Ming-Chi Kuo first revealed an Honor sale could be on the cards. At the time, he described the potential deal as a win-win for the subsidiary.
As Kuo pointed out, an independent Honor would no longer be subject to the US trade ban, allowing it to continue creating and manufacturing devices. The company may also be able to distance itself from the security concerns associated with Huawei.