It starts from China but it's only the test bed: Huawei launches the first devices without Android and with HarmonyOS 2.0 intended for the general public.
Less than a month to the arrival of Huawei tablets. The confirmation comes from a Chinese report that announces the presentation of the two new models, MatePad 2 and Pro 2, for next June 2. To increase the curiosity around the devices of the company is a detail not negligible: the two would not be equipped with Android operating system.
The launch of early June will not have as protagonists only the two tablets of the Chinese company; to them, will join two smartwatches, united by the same fate. With the four incoming devices, Huawei has decided to make a change of course of all respect by fielding version 2.0 of its proprietary operating system, HarmonyOS. Although this is still an indiscretion plucked from the report in question, the time would indeed be ripe to be able to see the OS update at work, which, according to what was anticipated by Consumer Business Group president Wang Chenglu during a recent TEDx keynote, should also debut next month on many of the brand's smartphones.
MatePad 2 and Pro 2, the two tablets without Android
The farewell to Android and the native installation on the tablets MatePad 2 and Pro 2 will be for HarmonyOS 2.0 a real test bed, waiting for the stable distribution that will bring it on many other products released in the last period. In particular, for the occasion the two tablets will be able to count on a customized version, in order to ensure optimal performance on this type of devices.
Amplifying the discourse on the technical specifications, the new models released by Huawei will have at their disposal a 12.2" and 12.9" display respectively, both with 120Hz refresh rate. As for the processor, the only information available - but still unconfirmed - concerns the Pro 2 model that should have the Kirin 9000.
More detailed information, always on the version with the larger screen, is that of the battery; certifications speak of wired charging at 40W and wireless charging at 27W. Last detail but definitely important, the 5G connectivity that will presumably be supported by both MatePad 2 and its bigger brother Pro 2.
Tablets and smartwatches, field tests for HarmonyOS 2.0
As for the two tablets, smartwatches will also arrive with HarmonyOS pre-installed. The models, Huawei Watch 3 and Watch 3 Pro will have a different UI, adapted for the company's small wearables. Both should be able to rely on the use of eSIM, at least in China, although they will have to deal with a less powerful battery compared to the Watch GT series.
HarmonyOS, Huawei's plans for its OS
There will be more than 300 million devices that will mount HarmonyOS by the end of 2021, or at least these are the expectations of the manufacturer for the future of the proprietary operating system. Certainly, a strong boost to the rise of this OS could be provided by the launch of the P50 series of smartphones, much awaited by fans of the brand but that, for now, has not yet found a place in the calendar although it is expected for the middle of this year.