03 February 2021
Huawei confirmed during the annual Huawei Developer Conference in September 2020 that it plans to bring HarmonyOS to all its smartphones starting next year.
The roadmap is already set and before the stable release of its operating system, Huawei is rolling out the beta of the same. A few days back Huawei confirmed that the mobile beta of HarmonyOS 2.0 will unveil on December 16 at the Huawei Developer Day (HDD) event.
But, currently, it is unknown what smartphones will debut with the HarmonyOS. However, a report surfaced in September this year claimed Kirin 9000 chipset-powered phones may run this newly built OS. As per several speculations the first phone to get this chipset is said P50. So, it is believed that HarmonyOS will see its debut with the Huawei P50 lineup.
Now, a tipster on Weibo has tipped off Huawei is working on a new tablet with HarmonyOS and it could launch as soon as the first quarter of 2021. According to the tipster, for the tablet, HarmonyOS is dubbed as “Pad OS.” The tipster also suggested that this tablet will feature a 12.9-inch OLED display and a 120Hz refresh rate. Design-wise, we may see narrow bezels without punch-hole and a thin metal profile.
The tipster has shared a hazy image as well that shows a device running HarmanyOS. But with such a vague look, we can’t tell what the device is.
听说原本荣耀有准备一款定位偏游戏的高性能手机，堆足散热可以更好发挥出麒麟9000这颗芯的极限性能。现在是可惜了，麒麟9000最佳性能释放大概只能看MatePad Pro2了[吃瓜]— Digital Chat Station (@StationChat) December 10, 2020
Meanwhile, another Chinese tipster Digital Chat Station shared on Twitter that Huawei’s next MatePad Pro device will come with Kirin 9000 chipset. So, going by the report we refer to in the beginning, MatePad Pro could be the first tablet from the company to run HarmonyOS aka Pad OS.
No other details are available for now. Also, it is unknown why Huawei is following Apple’s steps and giving a different name for the OS that would run on its tablets. Well, it can’t only be a different name, Huawei might have tweaked many things that could sync better with tablet hardware or requirements. These are just the guesses we are making currently, so take them with a pinch of salt.