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Huawei confirms a June 2, 2021 launch for HarmonyOS

A Watch 3 render. (Source: Huawei Central)
A Watch 3 render. (Source: Huawei Central)
Huawei has set a date for the launch of its first-party operating system, HarmonyOS, in its native China. The software may have originally been intended to replace Android on its smartphones, but may also ship with other new products such as the MatePad Pro 2 and Watch 3, which are also now expected to debut on the same day.

Huawei has just confirmed rumors that it will formally introduce HarmonyOS during a June 2021 event. The new in-house system is touted to be compatible with the vast majority of the OEM's device ecosystem going forward, thus eliminating the reliance on other solutions such as Google's Android.

On that note, the new OS is very likely to be present on new, premium devices such as the Watch 3 out of the box. It is increasingly likely that this new wearable might also be made official as part of its upcoming conference, as might the next generation of its flagship MatePad Pro tablet series.

The Watch 3 is projected to debut as a luxury smartwatch with options on standalone connectivity, and might, furthermore, have a Pro variant on top of that. The MatePad Pro 2 is tipped to match the wearable in this regard, with specs such as 12.2- to 12.6-inch AMOLED displays with 120Hz refresh rates, 40W charging speeds and the Kirin 9000 processor.

Therefore, Huawei may well unveil markedly high price-tags along with a "new" OS at its imminent showcase. For context, even the relatively old Watch GT 2 Pro still goes for up to ~US$500 on Amazon at the moment.

A new HarmonyOS poster leaks via Weibo. (Source: Weibo via Huawei Central)
A new HarmonyOS poster leaks via Weibo. (Source: Weibo via Huawei Central)


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-05-22 (Update: 2021-05-22)