30 December 2020
Huawei is working on bringing its own HarmonyOS to smartphones as an alternative to Google's Android. It confirmed plans last month but as for details related to devices and phases, a new report from China has surfaced. The leak is coming from Weibo where a user has shared a speculated release schedule.
The post mentions that HarmonyOS will make its mobile phone debut with HiSilicon Kirin 9000 5G-powered smartphones. It means we are likely to see Mate 40 series phones come with the new operating system. The second batch will include Kirin 990 5G processor devices i.e. Huawei P40 and Mate 30 lineups.
The third batch is reported to cover three different processors. These will be select devices featuring Kirin 990 4G and Kirin 820 chipsets along with Kirin 985. The next batch will have smartphones powered by Kirin 820, Kirin 980, and remaining devices of Kirin 990 4G series. The adaptation process will be completed with expansion to Kirin 810 and Kirin 710 smartphones.
Here is a quick overview of HarmonOS release batches for a better understanding:
- First batch: Kirin 9000 5G
- Second batch: Kirin 990 5G
- Third batch: Kirin 990 4G (partial), Kirin 985, Kirin 820 (partial)
- Fourth batch: Kirin 820 (partial), Kirin 980, Kirin 990 4G (partial)
- Fifth batch: Kirin 810, Kirin 710 (partial)
The leak still misses out on details related to the timeline for the release of the update for each of these batches. Another thing that is unconfirmed is whether these batches are for global release or restricted to the Chinese market. Nevertheless, we will suggest you take the leak with a pinch of salt. We will keep you updated as new details and reports will emerge surrounding the new OS from Huawei.