What to expect from Huawei’s June 2 event
Huawei’s major HarmonyOS event is this Wednesday (June 2) and introduces the second version of the internal operating system. Harmony has been around for a few years now, but version 2 brings a tectonic shift – it controls phones, tablets and smartwatches, not just smart TVs.
Huawei teases more than just a new operating system by June 2 (image credit)
The event should have a more detailed look at the new OS version (in addition to unofficial video demos). And what better way to detect the first devices running HarmonyOS 2.0? Here’s what we expect to see on Wednesday.
Huawei MatePad 2 and Pro 2 – Very likely
As Huawei teases a new M-Pencil stylus, it looks more than likely that we’ll get a new tablet – maybe two. The Huawei MatePad Pro 2 is expected to have a 12.9 ”120 Hz OLED display, a Kirin 9000 chipset (with 5G connectivity, 9000E for the Wi-Fi model) and 40 W fast charging (and 27 W wireless charging).
Alleged Huawei MatePad Pro 2 image (credit)
There should be a Huawei MatePad 2 model, which should be smaller, but maybe not much – we have heard of a 12.2 ”model (another panel can make a bigger difference).
Alleged screenshot of HarmonyOS 2.0 running on Huawei MatePad Pro 2
Interestingly, leaks have called the software “PadOS”, a branch of HarmonyOS that is specifically dedicated to tablets (just like Apple does with iOS / iPadOS). In any case, the new tablets may become available shortly after the unveiling.
Huawei Watch 3 – Very likely
Huawei also teased a watch, this is expected to be the Huawei Watch 3. Running HarmonyOS, of course, unlike the GT series, which the company has been focused on until recently. They use the related LiteOS, but are not as capable as WearOS watches. This should match Google OS in terms of capabilities.
Huawei Watch 3 spy shake (image credit)
The Watch 3 is also expected to have an eSIM for a data connection, even without a smartphone present (a feature that has not been from the recent Huawei watches). It is unclear whether it will be able to measure blood pressure (it is targeted at H2, which may mean a new device or an update until the medical authorities approve them).
Huawei Watch 3 has a modernized user interface
Huawei has ambitious goals for HarmonyOS and wants it to reach 300 million devices by the end of the year, including 100 million who have it pre-installed (the numbers of course include things as big as tablets or TVs and as small as watches).
Huawei P50 Series – Doubtful
Huawei killed the P50 series, but we doubt we will see a full launch – perhaps an introduction and a demo. If the company has started mass production of its new flagship smartphone line, it would have leaked. And we have not heard anything convincing yet.
That doesn’t mean fans aren’t going to use a Huawei phone running HarmonyOS soon. This is achieved through updating existing Android models – leaked info suggests that the migration plan includes the Mate 40 series, Mate X2, the original MatePad Pro and a few nova 8 models.
Speculative 3D rendering of the Huawei P50 Pro (image credit)
The source who brought this info also claims that qualified devices that are in stock on store shelves have already been updated as soon as users may be able to have a hands-on experience (at least in China). This also has bigger implications, Huawei may stop selling Android-powered phones altogether (at least in the high-end segment).
Huawei recently unveiled FreeBuds 4, some Ryzen-powered laptops, as well as a few MateView monitors.
Recent additions to the June 1 Huawei product line
We expect to see some (if not all) of these emerge briefly as a show of strength from the Huawei ecosystem.