Article updated on June 2, 2021 at 6:45 p.m. with the price and release date of the products revealed.
Still hit by US sanctions, Huawei continues to invest in its 1 + 8 + N strategy. At its last conference, the manufacturer gave an update on HarmonyOS, the operating system that will drive its ecosystem, and on new devices that will integrate the latter.
This is not the first time that we have told you about the operating system developed by the Chinese company. In July 2019, two months after the signing of the Trump decree prohibiting US companies from acquiring equipment from foreign suppliers deemed at risk such as Huawei, Stéphane Curtelin, Marketing and Communication Director at Huawei France, told us that the priority remained Android. . Where are we two years later? Relations have not calmed down despite the inauguration of Joe Biden last January and Huawei has apparently had time to develop its home OS, its Huawei Mobile Services and its ecosystem. As a result of the races, the stable version of HarmonyOS will be deployed on many devices including smartphones. It remains to be seen whether this will allow the Chinese giant to relaunch itself in the mobile telephony market after having recently left the world’s top 5 largest senders.
HarmonyOS is designed as a multiplatform OS. It is supposed to work on most mobile devices such as tablets, smartphones, smart watches and bracelets, but also on televisions and connected objects.
Huawei has upgraded its interface to make it more readable and intuitive.
The system for pairing devices has been thoroughly revised and simplified as much as possible. You simply have to move an icon to link, for example, a smartphone with a wireless speaker.
Huawei Watch 3 and Watch 3 Pro
Like the Apple Watch, Huawei’s new smartwatch has a physical crown (Digital Crown on Apple’s smartwatch). The tocante also allows you to download applications from the App Gallery. In addition to basic functions like monitoring heart rate, stress, sleep and oxygen saturation level, the Huawei Watch 3 detects falls and can alert hospital departments.
Its 1.43-inch screen features an AMOLED display with a maximum luminance of 1000 nits, a refresh rate of 60Hz and a resolution of 326 ppi. It is available in the following styles: Active, Classic and Elite.
Huawei promises 3 days of autonomy when 4G is activated, up to 14 days without 4G and with ultra performance mode activated.
A Pro version was also presented. It stands out for its more refined design, its more precise GPS and its autonomy of up to 5 days with 4G and 21 days without.
Huawei smartwatches will be available on June 18. Count € 399 for the Watch 3 Classic (leather strap), € 369 for the Watch 3 Sport (silicon strap) and € 499 for the Watch 3 Pro.
Huawei FreeBuds 4
On the audio side, Huawei renews its FreeBuds and announces 14.3mm drivers, wide bandwidth with a frequency response of up to 40 kHz, 50% more bass and ANC that can reduce surrounding noise by 25 dB .
A single charge would allow you to enjoy 4 hours of battery life. The box raises this value to 22 hours. Fast charging compatible, the latter would offer 14 hours of use with a 30-minute charge and 2.5 hours with a 15-minute charge.
FreeBuds 4 will launch on June 21 at a price of € 149. From June 3 to June 20, Huawei is offering a Band 6 for any pre-order and from June 21 to August 14, you will be refunded € 30 for any purchase.
Huawei MatePad 11 and MatePad Pro
Huawei is one of the key players in the touchscreen tablet market along with Apple and Samsung. In an attempt to scrape shares from its competitors, the company is preparing to market the MatePad 11 and the MatePad Pro. These are the first tablets under HarmonyOS.
The MatePad 11 is equipped with a 10.95 inch LCD screen with a definition of 2560 x 1600 pixels and a refresh rate of 120 Hz.
The sound part is based on 4 Harman Jardon speakers and 4 microphones. You can connect the tablet to a Smart Magnetic Keyboard and an M-Pencil.
You can also pair it to a Windows PC to share content or just make it a second screen. The announced average autonomy is 10 hours in web browsing and 12 hours in office automation.
The MatePad Pro stands out with an OLED display with a definition of 2560 x 1600 pixels with very thin borders of 5.6 mm. The tablet also has a Kirin 9000E SoC and a 10,050 mAh battery which gives it an autonomy of around 14 hours (according to the manufacturer).
The tablet has on its back a 13-megapixel wide-angle, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle and a ToF. Three cameras, therefore, a first. Another novelty is the presence of 8 speakers and 4 microphones with a touch of AI to filter out background noise in videoconferencing.
On the Old Continent, Huawei’s two tablets will only be available in Matte Gray. A new magnetic keyboard is also on the journey to refine the experience and bring it closer to the experience of a laptop PC.
No release date for these slates but prices: € 399 for the MatePad 11 in 4 + 64 GB, € 499 for the MatePad 11 in 6 + 128 GB with stylus and € 799 for the MatePad Pro.
Huawei MateView and MateView GT
We end with monitors. The classic MateView consists of a 28.2-inch 4K display in 3: 2 aspect ratio and two 5W speakers.
The MateView GT gaming monitor relies on a 34-inch 3K panel that is curved, refreshed to 165 Hz and has a response time of 4 ms. There are also two 5W speakers.
The MateView will be available on August 19 at a price of € 699 and the MateView GT on August 16 at a price of € 549.