As of today, Huawei is back with the first rollout of its new HarmonyOS 2, as it seems to leave Android and those problems behind. During a 2-hour product launch demo, the company showcased several new products, new software for its phones and much more.
For starters, HarmonyOS is a fork of Android, but it doesn̵
If all goes according to plan, older phones and product lines like the Mate 9, Mate 10, P10, P20, Nova 5 and more will get the HarmonyOS 2 update early next year. That is certainly good news for current smartphone owners.
It seems that the common “HarmonyOS” for phones and tablets is a version of Android, while Huawei’s version of HarmonyOS for watches, TV and connected devices is based on Huawei’s LiteOS.
Huawei Watch 3 & Watch 3 Pro
Huawei hasn’t released an all-new smartwatch in nearly four years, so this latest edition is quite exciting. Called the Watch 3 and Watch 3 Pro, these two smartwatches certainly look good, but we’ll have to wait for more information.
The company originally used Google’s Wear OS for watches, then Huawei’s own LiteOS, and now it looks like these will run on a modified version of its all-new HarmonyOS.
The Watch 3 has a round 1.43-inch OLED display, a 60Hz refresh rate, gets plenty of brightness, and has a rotating digital crown similar to the Apple Watch. Even with the new software, the Watch 3 offers the same features as its older devices. New goodies include a redesigned home screen that resembles Apple’s WatchOS, and there’s support for video calling via Huawei’s own MeeTime service.
In addition, you can look forward to a high-quality titanium Huawei Watch 3 Pro with 4G built-in, using an eSIM. The Pro model has a larger battery that offers up to five days of battery life with 4G on and up to 21 days without 4G.
The Huawei Watch 3 will cost £349.99 in the UK from June 18, while the Pro model will arrive on June 28 for £499.99.
Huawei P50 Series
In the middle of the HarmonyOS livestream, Huawei took a moment to show off its powerful new smartphone on the way. This is of course the upcoming Huawei P50 and unfortunately the company has not given us much.
We can clearly see two huge camera bumps containing at least four camera modules, with that bottom circle likely a periscope zoom to tackle the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The company claims it will “take mobile photography to a new level”. We even see “Leica” camera branding on the back, hinting at some sort of camera lens partnership. Finally, Huawei said that this phone will have an iconic and lightweight design, but that’s all we know so far.
Anyway, Huawei is back with a refreshed operating system, a sleek new smartwatch and a new phone coming soon. That said, we’ll have to wait and see how app compatibility and development stretch out for the watch and phone.
Source: Huawei YouTube via The Verge