Huawei smartphones, new EMUI 10.1 arrives: what changes

More and more Huawei devices are getting an update to EMUI 10.1: here's what they are and what changes with the new GUI

Huawei is finishing the rollout of its EMUI 10.1 GUI in Canada and Western Europe, including Italy. The latest version of the interface, which debuted alongside the Huawei P40 smartphone, is therefore coming to a handful of other devices.

At the same time, the release of EMUI on older smartphones, such as the Huawei P20 and P20 PRO, is proceeding. But while the latter update is decidedly meaty (about 4.4 GB of downloads), EMUI 10.1 is decidedly lighter: just 150 MB of data to download. In both cases, however, the update arrives via OTA and you don't need to connect to the Chinese giant's site to download it and then install it manually. Both updates, finally, make the devices more secure because they also contain within them the Android security patches released by Google in August.

EMUI 10.1: what's new

The EMUI 10.1 is coming to a large lineup of Huawei models, both smartphones and tablets: Huawei P30, Huawei P30 Pro, Huawei Mate 20, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS, Huawei Mate 20 X 4G, Huawei Mate 20 X 5G, Huawei nova 5T, Huawei Mate Xs, Huawei P40 lite, Huawei nova 7i, Huawei Mate 30, Huawei Mate 30 Pro, Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G, Huawei MatePad Pro and Huawei MediaPad M6 10.8-inch.

In practice, there doesn't seem to be any major new features, or at least none have yet been reported by users who got it, save for a battery issue. For sure, though, the new EMUI contains the August security patches and that's a very important thing.

EMUI 10.1: the problems with the battery

Since Huawei released EMUI 10.1 for the first devices, in July, some anomalies have been reported to the battery life: many users have complained of a significantly lower autonomy of the smartphone after the update.

In particular, there have been reports of sudden drops in the percentage of remaining battery, from one moment to another, for which there seems to be no explanation. Explanation that, it seems, could lie in the battery optimization system of Huawei devices.

The Chinese manufacturer's smartphones and tablets, in fact, automatically detect the most power-consuming apps and adapt the available resources continuously, to preserve battery life. The battery issue after updating to EMUI 10.1, therefore, could be related to this feature.