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Huawei develops Bluetooth smart cases: Mate 30 with modular add-ons?

Is Huawei planning to bring MotoMod style add-ons to its smartphones? (Image source: Motorola)
Is Huawei planning to bring MotoMod style add-ons to its smartphones? (Image source: Motorola)
Motorola's MotoMods were the last reasonably successful attempt to make modular smartphones with hot-swappable features, and now it appears that Huawei plans to introduce something similar. However, while MotoMods communicate via pogo pin connectors, Huawei and Honor's accessories will use Bluetooth, as recent Bluetooth SIG certifications suggest.

Few OEMs have been able to make modular smartphones viable, with LG quickly abandoning the idea after the release of the G5. Motorola has had more success with its MotoMods, which it first launched in 2016. A new set of certifications suggest that Huawei and Honor could be planning to introduce several modular accessories too, although they will not use pogo pins like MotoMods do.

Instead, these accessories will connect to devices via Bluetooth, as recent Bluetooth SIG imply. Despite there being tens of listings, it appears that only four accessories are planned, all of which Huawei refers to as smart devices. According to the filings, a game case, health case, snorkelling case and an amplification case are planned, the latter of which we suspect is some sort of speaker. It is currently unclear whether Huawei and Honor plan to make the cases cross-compatible as Moto has with its MotoMods. However, the several codenames including "Anna", "Ark", "Elsa" and "Noah" among others suggest that Huawei is planning distinct accessories for specific handsets. 

Additionally, Huawei has made a separate Bluetooth SIG filing for a keyboard codenamed "Wagner". There is no word yet if or when Huawei plans to release these accessories, but it would tie nicely with the "Rethink Possibilities" strapline of its Mate 30 launch event, which the company announced yesterday.

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Alex Alderson, 2019-09- 2 (Update: 2019-09- 2)
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