In the morning of May 24, Huawei's EMUI official Weibo was renamed "HarmonyOS" and the HarmonyOS boot screen was released. Subsequently, the Huawei terminal forwarded the Weibo and stated that HarmonyOS would be released on June 2nd, which made it a hot search on Weibo for a while.
At the just-concluded press conference, the official version of HarmonyOS arrived as scheduled.
Also unveiled at the same time are the first batch of new hardware products equipped with HarmonyOS. They are MatePad Pro series tablet PCs, Huawei WATCH 3 series and so on.
HarmonyOS, officially here
Since August 9, 2019, HarmonyOS has been applied on Huawei Smart Screen for the first time. By December 16, 2020, Huawei will release the HarmonyOS 2 Developer Beta version to application developers. Today, HarmonyOS is officially released. Although it stumbled all the way, it has grown up on schedule.
We try to use 5 key words to summarize the features of HarmonyOS to help you understand quickly.
The first key word is "universal" . At the beginning of the design of HarmonyOS, the goal was all IoT devices. In other words, it is not only for mobile phones and tablets, but various smart terminals.
Based on this goal, HarmonyOS has been made into a highly flexible operating system. HarmonyOS can run smoothly regardless of whether it is a KB-level or GB-level memory device. For example, smart homes such as smart door locks, cameras, and microwave ovens are all objects that HarmonyOS wants to embrace.
The second key word is "hardware mutual assistance." HarmonyOS has brought a brand new control center, one of the important modules is called "Hyper Terminal".
As we mentioned above, after various hardware devices are replaced with HarmonyOS, the "communication" between the hardware will be more convenient in the same language.
Reflected on the user's side, that is, in the control center, various devices can be called at will to form a hyper terminal. It may be a little abstract to say that, let's give some simple examples.
For example, you can use a tablet computer as a notebook computer's tablet, and use a stylus to draw the outline. When you see an interesting emoticon package on your laptop, you can save it directly to your mobile phone. When the mobile phone shoots video, you can call other camera equipment in the control center to form multiple cameras with one key.
Behind these operations is the ability of HarmonyOS to mobilize and coordinate various hardware. Various hardware devices can assist each other on the basis of HarmonyOS to create a more functional hyper terminal, allowing users to use multiple devices as if they were using the same device.
The third key word is "service circulation". Because the applications and services of HarmonyOS are based on HyperTerminal and do not rely on a single device to run, applications on HarmonyOS will have a very important feature, that is, cross-device flow.
You can understand that HarmonyOS treats all your smart devices as a whole. From this perspective, task management becomes very simple. For example, in the task center on the mobile phone, you can manage the ongoing tasks of the tablet and the computer, and so on.
Relatively difficult is the cross-device migration of tasks, but HarmonyOS did it. Users can transfer tasks running on a certain device to other devices to continue running with one click.
For example, when you are playing a game with your mobile phone, the mobile phone will run out of power immediately, you can transfer the game process to the tablet computer, and use the latter to relay. Another example is the song being played on the mobile phone. When you enter the car, it can be streamed to the car machine with one click and played through the in-car audio.
In addition, HarmonyOS and its applications are assembled with atomic services, so many application functions can be disassembled and used. HarmonyOS will provide a service center where users can search for the services they need, and this service will be presented in the form of cards. This is a bit like a small program, but it will be lighter than a small program.
The fourth key word is "performance improvement". HarmonyOS is optimized for file management and graphics stack. Can greatly improve the performance of the equipment. Including longer-term smooth life, longer-lasting battery life and so on.
HarmonyOS has also made quite a few optimizations in task scheduling. As the saying goes, it improves the problem of "killing the backstage". Even if you open a dozen or so applications, when you return to the original application, you can still locate the page you saw before, ensuring that the experience is uninterrupted.
The fifth key word is "privacy security". HarmonyOS has many new actions in privacy protection, among which collaborative authentication is more interesting. For some highly private content or data, multiple authentications are required. For example, if the mobile phone's face authentication is passed, it also needs to pass the watch authentication.
When checking new applications, HarmonyOS not only verifies the real names of developers, but also passes more than 200 security checks. Users can also turn on the "pure mode" to further improve security and privacy, and applications that do not meet relevant requirements cannot be installed.
It can be said that HarmonyOS is more secure than EMUI. It also obtained the world's first ISO27701 certification, CC EAL certification and so on.
Yu Chengdong announced at the press conference that the upgrade of HarmonyOS will be carried out in phases for many models. The progress of the upgrade and adaptation of specific models is shown in the figure below:
Regarding the upgrade of HarmonyOS, there are two more points worth noting. First, after upgrading the Hongmeng system, the previous data and information of the device, including the app, can still be used.
The second is that users can choose whether to upgrade or not, and they will not be forced to upgrade. Although there will be no major version updates for EMUI in the future, technical support and security patch maintenance will continue.
MatePad Pro, the screen quality is bright
At this conference, Huawei brought a new MatePad Pro tablet. There are two sizes: 10.8 inches and 12.6 inches.
The 12.6-inch version of MatePad Pro has worked hard on the screen. It uses an unobstructed, hole-cut OLED full screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1600. The frame is only 5.6mm, and the 90% screen-to-body ratio is second to none in the industry.
The brand-new screen has a color accuracy of ∆E<0.5, which is very suitable for work that requires high color accuracy such as retouching. The hardware-level low blue light design can effectively protect the eyes.
MatePad's Pro series has always pointed to "productivity". The new 12.6-inch MatePad Pro is equipped with Kirin 9000 series chips, supporting 5G and WiFi 6+.
The performance is improved, and the heat dissipation must keep up. The new MatePad Pro uses a PC-level 8-layer three-dimensional heat dissipation structure to meet the heat dissipation requirements of chips and OLED screens.
The three rear cameras include a 13-megapixel main camera and a 120-degree wide-angle camera, and one is a 3D depth-of-field camera.
In order to enhance its office capacity, Huawei installed 8 speakers and 4 microphones on the new MatePad Pro. At the same time, it supports AI global voice noise reduction and 48K full-frequency high-definition voice calls. Newly added global handwriting function. You can write with a stylus as long as there is a place to enter text, and it also supports mixed Chinese and English writing.
The new 12.6-inch MatePad Pro has a body of only 6.7mm and weighs only 609g. But in such a small body, there is a 10050mAh super battery that supports wireless forward and reverse charging. The product has a built-in standard 40W super fast charge, and supports 27W super wireless fast charge and wireless reverse charging.
After reading the hardware, let's take a look at the software.
HarmonyOS brings a brand new desktop to the new MatePad Pro. An application storage bar is added at the bottom, with resident applications on the left and recently visited applications on the right.
The sense of order of the new desktop is inseparable from the three centers. They are the new control center, service center and notification center. Users can control the hyper terminal and quickly obtain services and information in the corresponding functional area. In addition, the addition of universal cards also enhances the playability of the new MatePad Pro.
HarmonyOS greatly enhances the interconnection capabilities of the new MatePad Pro. Now it can not only communicate with mobile phones, but also work with PCs.
It supports three modes: mirror mode, extended mode and sharing mode. The first is to mirror the contents of the PC screen onto the tablet. The second is to use the tablet as the secondary screen of the PC. The third is more interesting, it seems that only HarmonyOS supports it.
In the sharing mode, the PC and the tablet do not need any wired connection, you can drag the local files or pictures of the tablet to the PC, or you can directly drag the files or pictures on the PC to the tablet to realize the localization between the two devices. Drag and drop of documents.
In this way, the collaboration between mobile phones, tablets, and computers will be closer, and the cross-device experience will undoubtedly be better.
In addition to the 12.6-inch version, the new MatePad Pro also has a 10.8-inch version, mainly due to some differences in hardware, using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor.
In terms of color matching, the two sizes of MatePad Pro have three color combinations: Frost Silver, Obsidian Black and Summer Populus. Among them, Populus euphratica is made of plain skin.
The price information of the two MatePad Pro are as follows:
- 10.8 inch MatePad Pro 128GB WLAN version: 3799 yuan
- 10.8 inch MatePad Pro 256GB WLAN version: 4299 yuan
- 10.8 inch MatePad Pro 256GB WLAN version (including keyboard and stylus): 5299 yuan
- 12.6-inch MatePad Pro 128GB WLAN version: 4999 yuan
- 12.6-inch MatePad Pro 256GB WLAN version: 5499 yuan
- 12.6-inch MatePad Pro 256GB WLAN version (including keyboard and stylus): 6699 yuan
- 12.6-inch MatePad Pro 256GB 5G full Netcom version (including keyboard and stylus): 7999 yuan
Huawei M Pencil second-generation stylus is fully upgraded
The new stylus (Huawei M-Pencil second generation) is much more refined than the previous generation. The pen tip is transparent, and the internal mechanical structure is unobstructed. The pen barrel is still a hexagonal design, but it is more rounded than the previous generation, and the grip comfort should be improved.
Its interior adopts a brand-new electrode sensing design and touch design. The former makes the stylus more resistant to temperature drift, 4096-level pressure sensitivity can well show the thickness and color depth. The latter allows users to switch tools such as brushes or erasers through gestures such as double-tapping.
The delay of the new stylus is as low as 9ms. It adopts Bluetooth automatic pairing and magnetic charging. Wireless fast charge for 30 seconds, you can use it for 10 minutes; it can be fully charged in 60 minutes, and it can be used for about 10 hours when it is fully charged. What's interesting is that it supports simultaneous connection of 4 Huawei devices, and the devices can be switched freely.
Huawei M Pencil second-generation stylus is priced at 599 yuan. The sale will be officially launched on June 10.
Huawei WATCH 3 series, a new assistant for healthy life
Smart wearable devices are an extremely important part of Huawei's smart life scene. Huawei brought two smart watches, Huawei WATCH 3 (46mm) and Huawei WATCH 3 Pro (48mm) at this conference.
In appearance, the Huawei WATCH 3 series has added a 3D rotating crown with its own tactile feedback. The large-curvature 3D glass and 316L stainless steel body make the Huawei WATCH 3 series look very delicate.
Huawei's WATCH 3 series features three key words: active health management, intelligent interaction, and long battery life.
First look at the functions of active health management:
- Added high-precision temperature sensor, you can know your body temperature when you raise your wrist
- Respiratory disease risk screening and early warning
- Minimally invasive blood glucose test, will remind you if you notice any abnormality (matching blood glucose meter needs to be purchased separately)
- Fall detection and SOS
- 20-second hand washing detection
- New upgrade TruSeen 4.5+, real-time heart rate monitoring and all-weather continuous blood oxygen saturation measurement
- United 301 Hospital initiates professional heart health research
- TruSleep 2.0 Monitor sleep quality throughout the whole process (including heart rate monitoring, sleep breathing quality, etc.)
- TruRalex technology, all-weather pressure monitoring, can adjust pressure through breathing training
- Smart monitoring of all-weather activities
- Supports data recording of 100 types of sports
- Multi-mode GNSS positioning chip, more accurate trajectory
- Encrypted transmission of private data
In terms of health management, the Huawei WATCH 3 series can be described as omnipotent, basically making up for the regrets of the previous generation.
HarmonyOS gives Huawei WATCH 3 series more interactive gameplay. The table top adopts a square checkerboard array, and the viewing angle can be adjusted by rotating the crown. The brand-new one-shot transition design and simulation of real physical motion effects make the operation more fluent.
The user can view important information through the scene smart card on the negative screen, and control the audio playback. In the multi-device control center, control Hongmeng ecological products.
In addition, Huawei WATCH 3 supports independent communication functions (eSim needs to be activated). Subsequent upgrades support watch searching for cars, audio streaming across devices, etc.
According to the official statement, the battery life of Huawei WATCH 3 is 3 days in the smart typical mode and 14 days in the ultra-long battery mode. Huawei WATCH 3 Pro has a battery life of 5 days in the smart typical mode and 21 days in the ultra-long battery life mode.
In terms of price, Huawei WATCH 3 starts at 2599 yuan, and Huawei WATCH 3 Pro starts at 3299 yuan. The sale will be officially launched on June 11.
Huawei WATCH 3 series brings a variety of straps, the prices are as shown in the picture below:
A variety of 4G mobile phones on the shelves
In addition to the above-mentioned star products, a number of 4G mobile phones were also unveiled at the conference. Mainly include Mate40 Pro, Mate X2, Mate40 E, Nova 8 Pro. The specific model and price are shown in the figure below:
P50 surprise debut
In the second half of the conference, the P50 series expected by many machine friends revealed its true meaning. The huge rear camera module is very eye-catching.
Unfortunately, the time to market for this product has not yet been determined. Yu Chengdong said that Huawei "is working hard to provide this product to consumers."
No one will be an island
On September 15, 2020, Huawei's chip supply was officially cut off, nearly 8 months ago. Even with the shocks and hardships, Huawei still "survived."
In the face of heavy sanctions, Yu Chengdong responded at the end of the press conference with the phrase "No one is an island" by the poet John Donne.
In the era of the Internet of Everything, the world's technology industry is a community of destiny, and no country, company or individual can be self-sufficient. And HarmonyOS is responsible for Huawei's vision of connecting people and people, people and equipment, equipment and equipment, and promoting the prosperity of the entire industry.
I believe that in a world where everything is connected, no one will be an island. Technology is like sunlight and air, ubiquitous and selfless. Whether HarmonyOS can become the "sun and air" in the above context, we will wait and see.
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