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HarmonyOS 2 vs EMUI 11: Apps, Game and Background process comparison on Huawei Mate 40 Pro



June 2nd, 2021, remains a remarkable day in Huawei history, as the company brought a new operating system – HarmonyOS 2.0 and a number of new devices powered by this OS.

Following the launch, Huawei began to recruit the eligible devices for beta testing and released the developer open beta, closed beta, and public beta updates. Still, the upgrade activity is in progress and will make its way from the Mainland market to a global scale as soon as possible.

Speaking of the upgrade process, it took only a few days for HarmonyOS in reaching over 10 million devices while these numbers exceeded 18 million by June 15th. It’s showing the huge popularity of Huawei among the consumers and partners.

At the same time, you can also see the third-party applications adopting the HM OS interface, while other developers are working to adopt it. Now, the question is why HarmonyOS is attracting the users as well the third-party providers, even when it’s still limited to the Chiese market?


Indeed HarmonyOS is a domestic product but it’s not the only reason behind its support. The astonishing performance of HarmonyOS and the new distributed capabilities also performs a huge role in the play.

But we’re here to talk about check the evaluation between HarmonyOS powered Huawei Mate 40 Pro against the same device with EMUI under different scenarios.

The result of these tests goes in the favor of HarmonyOS and this new OS has an advantage over EMUI in terms of app startup speed, game frame rate, background app activity, and overall battery life performance.

Let’s dive into the evaluation.


Note: These tests are done on the Chinese version of the apps, as the HarmonyOS is currently only available for the Chinese models.

We’ll discuss them one by one in this article, so let’s get started-

Application Startup Speed: No more dealy

The application startup speed is one of the basic features and an important aspect of any mobile operating system. In the case of HM OS, it won by 5 seconds against EMUI 11.

This test includes 20 commonly used mainstream apps including WeChat, Weibo, QQ, Taobao, and Jingdong, etc and tests two rounds of app opening tests.


The EMUI installed Mate 40 Pro took 119 seconds while the HarmonyOS installed Mate 40 Pro took 114 seconds only. Furthermore, the responding time is also quicker in HM OS than in the previous EMUI. (Read More)

Why HarmonyOS opens apps faster:

The reason is pretty simple, the Android system is restrained by its architecture as it loads the application interface first, and then loads the animation. Unlike Android, HarmonyOS architecture doesn’t follow this protocol, which results in faster performance.

To be more precise, the HarmonyOS 2 works on the high-performance motion engine, which explores the ability to decouple system motion and application interfaces. Thus, application interfaces and motion effects can load simultaneously and don’t show any delay for faster access.

This etiquette helps the user to enjoy the smooth interface, while the users switching the application and invoking other operations. The system continuously delivers smooth and shutter free-motion effects without stuttering.


Many users have also found that after upgrading to HarmonyOS, older models can also bring a smoother experience. Android phones tend to accumulate a large number of fragmented junk files during long-term use.

After upgrading HarmonyOS, the file system will be intelligently maintained. The smart space cleaning algorithm dynamically adjusts space recycling and space allocation strategies based on the degree of system fragmentation, based on smart space.

The cleaning algorithm finds the optimal strategy and completes the deep cleaning and optimization of the file system without affecting the user’s operation so that the file read and write has been maintained in a high-performance state.

This excellent feature of HarmonyOS 2 can keep the smartphone smooth after 36 months of use, and of course, it can also make the old models shine in the new year.


Game Performance: No more disturbance and extra power consumption

The game performance test was performed on two famous mobile games in China- PUBG, and King of Glory.

The HarmonyOS equipped smartphone delivers 90.17 frames per second, an average fluctuation of 0.69 while the power consumption is as low as 3.77W.

Meanwhile, the EMUI equipped smartphone performance 88.83 frames per second, 1.79 of fluctuation, and 3.86W power consumption. Although the difference is slight, it makes hug differed in terms of performance.

Moreover, HarmonyOS provide a better gaming experience than EMUI not only with a higher frame rate but also with stability and less power consumption.



The powerful gaming performance of HarmonyOS comes from its graphics engine. The graphics stack adopts the smart computing and scheduling commanding approach.

The GPU and CPU cooperatively complete scheduling and rendering, logic and rendering separation, reduces repeated drawing technical means and reducing the load of both GPU and CPU. Consequently, providing a smoother gaming experience and lesser battery drainage.

The heat problem in smartphones during the game is forcing the provider to reduce the number of frames, which unconsciously results in a poor gaming experience. But this is not the case with HM OS, it can still run full frames in most game scenes, conveying a better experience.


Alive Previously Used Applications in the background: No more need to restart

This part of the test includes over ten applications including Weibo, Taobao, Sina News Client, PUBG, QQ Music, etc.

The statics shows that after 4 hours the EMUI started to delete the cache and closed the most space-occupying application among them.

At first, EMUI closed the game – PUBG and re-loaded the shopping platform, Taobao then after 17 hours it closed all apps loading in the background.

Meanwhile, the PUBG and QQ Music are the only closed app in the case of HarmonyOS whereas Youku and iQiyi were reloaded, and other applications were preserved as it is.



The application keep-alive rate of HarmonyOS is more advance than other systems. Furthermore, keep-alive capability for background application is also powerful in HM OS.

It can maintain and restore the state of Apps no matter how much you use them. Adding to this, the background application realizes state recovery and eliminates the chances of restarting any procedure. You can read the news, play music, and stream videos where you have left.

Battery Backup:

The battery backup test concluded in two phases. The first one is a three three-hour exhaustive endurance and the second one is a five-hour heavy endurance test. The first one doesn’t show any bigger difference but HarmonyOS still took the lead. We can’t overlook it as the smallest things are responsible for major changes.


Talking about the five-hour heavy battery life test, the advantages of HarmonyOS are very obvious and it can deliver up to 5.1 hours of gameplay, and more for the wispy applications.

As per the test results, the HarmonyOS can provide 14% of battery power after three hours of continued usage of Douyin, Taobao, and Weibo and one hour of PUBG and King of Glory each. While the EMUI only retains 9% of the battery backup. (Read Full Story)


Huawei is not only designed to deliver high-end performance but also provides a one-stop solution across multiple platforms. This powerful mobile software is the outcome of Huawei’s five-year hard work,

From app speed to battery capacity, Huawei HarmonyOS is ahead of the previous EMUI software system. It has a lot of benefits besides its features, which we haven’t discussed here.


Above all this Huawei will deliver this new OS on both Huawei and Honor smartphones. Furthermore, the HarmonyOS scheduled plan contains smartphones as age-old as 5 years.

At present, the beta activity is only for Chinese variants, but the company soon scheduled it for the global market also.

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HarmonyOS beta for 6 old popular Huawei phones start in October



HarmonyOS closed beta

HarmonyOS 2.0 closed beta program will next start for 6 Huawei phones that are one of the popular choices of budget and mid-range consumers. This confirmation also begins the countdown to the final testing phase of the Huawei operations system.

According to the information, Huawei will start the eighth phase of HarmonyOS 2.0 closed beta for 6 phones in early October. These HarmonyOS closed beta for 6 Huawei phones includes:

  • Huawei Nova 3i
  • Huawei Nova 2s
  • Huawei Maimang 9
  • Honor V9
  • Honor Play
  • Honor Note 10

Following the official recruitment, the company will also reveal the rollout dates for the HarmonyOS 2.0 on the corresponding phones that will come with major features and a new set of features.

These phones are popular and have made their own audience in both domestic and in the global market. Yet, the initial rollout will bring joy among the device owners.

HarmonyOS beta 6 devices

Recent Closed, Public, and Stable announcements:

Huawei announced the seventh phase of HarmonyOS 2.0 closed beta for 10 Huawei phones including P10, P10 Plus, Mate 9, Mate 9 Pro, Mate 9 RS Porsche Design, Nova 3, Enjoy 9 Plus (Huawei Y9 2019), MediaPad M5 Pro 10.8, MediaPad M5 10.8, MediaPad M5 8.4.


HarmonyOS 2.0 public beta added new faces –  Huawei P20, P20 Pro, Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, Mate 10 Porsche Design, Mate RS Porsche Design, Nova 4, Enjoy 10S, Enjoy 10 Plus, Honor 9X, 9X Pro, the 20S, 10, V10 and Play 4T Pro.

In addition to these two, Huawei also announced a batch of models that now moved on to the stable rollout. These are – Nova 5i, Nova 4e, Honor 30S, 30 Youth Edition, X10, X10 Max, Play4.


On June 2, Huawei announced the brand new mobile operating system for smartphone devices that comes with a new user interface and features that enhance the user experience for the consumer. At the event, Huawei unveiled a roadmap to send HarmonyOS 2.0 on mobile devices and includes over 100 Huawei models consisting of both phones and tablets.


The company so far has started HarmonyOS 2.0 for almost all of the listed eligible Huawei phones and moving rapidly to conclude the HarmonyOS 2.0 testing in China. However, this OS is yet to reach the global market and there’s no confirmation when it’ll actually make its way to the consumers.

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HarmonyOS Multi Camera Mode: Everything you need to know



Huawei Multi Camera Mode

At present, Huawei HarmonyOS is one the most favored operating system to capture headlines in the software industry. There are so many things that grabbed our attention like its features, rollout process, markets, update schedules, users experience, and so on. Alongside the market competition, the Huawei device holders are also keeping their eyes on these things.

The reason is its amazing distributive capabilities and features that make excite users. Over this, the Chinese tech giant continuously adding more delightful features that make users think- WOW! we can also do this. In this article, we are going to discuss one of the HarmonyOS exclusive features called- multi-camera mode.

Which device cloud use multi-camera mode: 

HarmonyOS 2.0 version officially installed the multi-camera mode on eligible smartphones. The flagships device, which has been updated over this version can use this photography mode. We can count 20 devices including the Huawei P50 series, Mate X2, Mate 40 series, P40 series, Mate30 series, Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6-inch, etc for receiving this camera mode by this time.

As of now, it’s only available for Chines models. You can match this update version on your smartphones if you have already installed it, will be able to use this feature.


Where to Find: Under the same WiFi or Hotspot users can find the multicamera mode on the camera app. Just select your friend’s device after opening the camera preview and you can start shooting the scene or whatever you have planned.

What is HarmonyOS multi-camera mode: 

The recently added multi-camera mode lets the user access the camera on other HarmonyOS devices during the video shoot. In means, a user can access the camera of other users with the same version for clicking snaps or recording videos in a certain range.

In other words, the new feature allows you to connect multiple HarmonyOS devices including smartphones and tablets simultaneously and control their camera. However, they must connect with the same Wi-Fi network. When the connection is established, the user can record videos from various views through one device using the default camera app.

Huawei Multi Camera Mode

Additionally, users could remotely control the camera on other devices using a single smartphone. It allows multi-angle shooting at the same time using different devices. The users that are often involved in video shooting such as vloggers, videographers, social media influencers, etc will feel blessed after having this multi-mode.


Let discuss this mode more deeply-

Benefits of having multi-camera mode:

Let do a point-to-point comparison and understand what this mode has brought us. Suppose a scenario that you are shooting a video with your friends somewhere in between lake or sea enjoying surfing, paddling a sea kayak, or any other sport. We’ll discuss two situations, the first one with normal camera mode, and the second one with multi-camera mode.

In the first condition, you and recoding a group video from multiple angles using two or more cameras on a smartphone or tablet.  In this condition, all you can do is to shoot one scene from different devices placed at different angles. Afterward, you have to merge those videos and set the order using other video editing tools. It’s not only hectic work but time-consuming too.

HarmonyOS 2.0 Camera UI

This situation can be more simplistic with the HarmonyOS multi-camera mode. If all devices are on the latest HarmonyOS version, all you have to do is to set the device at the angles you want to recode video from. Now, turn on the multi-camera mode and recode the seen simultaneously in one decision. Furthermore, you can also switch in between the back and forth during the record. No after recoding work, no video editing tool, all is to just to set angles and shoot the video. Isn’t it amazing?


Multi-camera Mode:

Nowadays, the multi-camera mode isn’t a big surprise with the latest technology. It’s a come thing is moving, web series, variety shows, daily soaps, even in short moving. This multi-angle view lets the audience experience the same scene from different respective and brings a more engaging and enjoyable experience.

Smartphone with multi-camera modes is quite tricky and surprising. Although, shooting the same scene with a different smartphone simultaneously can capture multi-angle scenes, control them was still a big issue. HarmonyOS multi-camera mode is the answer to the question that makes controlling all device the device connected under the same WiFi network easily.

Huawei’s and Photography Features:

Huawei smartphones are well known for their camera capabilities and modes. The Huawei P50 lineups are the most recent example of it. The captured shots from the device present vivid details of the object is doesn’t matter how far or close it is. moving ahead, its 100x zooming ability can reflect any object just in front of you. (Read Here)

The P50 lenses are already amazing, are attracting users to forget about other spaces. Adding to this, the company also brings the ability to switch between videos without terminating them with Nova 9. It’s said since Huawei P9 the company started to boost up its camera technology, and now the result is in front of us.


Overall this camera mode is one of the coolest features that HarmonyOS provides. On top of this, Huawei Mate 50 is still in line that’ll debut in the first half of 2022. After, receiving these more than amazing features users have high expectations from the company. Besides, it haven’ made us disappointed even in this severe situation. It’ll be interesting to see, what’ll the company bring next.

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Huawei HarmonyOS Upgrade Plan: Devices and Rollout Time [List]




The story of HarmonyOS smartphone testing began on December 16, 2020. At this date, Huawei announced HarmonyOS 2.0 Developer beta testing for a number of old flagships. Initially, HarmonyOS become available in the testing range of Huawei developers and industry partners. The HarmonyOS 2.0 developer beta testing slots for models from Huawei P40, Mate 30, and MatePad Pro series devices.

Post recruitment, Huawei selected and processed the developer beta applications and sent the first HarmonyOS 2.0 developer beta OTA update to select testers.

Since beta testing is a staged process, Huawei conducted and released several betas builds to developers. After three months of internal beta flight, in April, the company expanded HarmonyOS beta testing for more devices such as Mate 40 series, Mate X2, and others, labeled under HarmonyOS 2.0 developer open beta.

In the following month, mid-range smartphones – Huawei Nova 6, Nova 7, and Nova 8 lineups also joined the second phase beta activity in the second round of the Developer Open beta.


After 6 months of trials and developer testing, Huawei finally made up its mind of sending HarmonyOS on the consumer version of smartphones and it began on June 2.

On June 2, Huawei officially launched HarmonyOS for smartphone devices, a brand new operating system and a successor of EMUI software system, which was based on Android.

HarmonyOS is surely interesting, isn’t it? But the key interesting thing is, which devices will get HarmonyOS software update and when will it start to rollout? Well, Huawei has shared its official roadmap of upgrading old devices with its operating system and it’s detailed below.

This rollout plan has blown my mind as it covers devices that go up to the year 2016, and it’s absolutely insane and beyond my words. This is surely exciting news for the Huawei consumers and it reflects that Huawei wants to change all of the Huawei devices (launched in the past) on HarmonyOS.


Here, you can check all of the information about the HarmonyOS upgrade plan, timeline, and rollout devices.

Devices that will get HarmonyOS from June 2, 2021:

  • Huawei Mate 40
  • Huawei Mate 40 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 40 Pro+
  • Huawei Mate 40 RS Porsche Design
  • Huawei Mate 40E
  • Huawei Mate X2
  • Huawei P40
  • Huawei P40 4G
  • Huawei P40 Pro
  • Huawei P40 Pro Plus
  • Huawei Mate 30 Pro 4G
  • Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G
  • Huawei Mate 30E Pro 5G
  • Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche Design
  • Huawei Mate 30 4G
  • Huawei Mate 30 5G
  • Huawei MatePad Pro WiFi
  • Huawei MatePad Pro 5G

Devices that will get HarmonyOS from the third quarter of 2021:

  • Huawei Mate Xs
  • Huawei Mate 20
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 20 RS Porsche Design
  • Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G
  • Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G Lohas Edition
  • Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G Vitality Edition
  • Huawei Nova 8
  • Huawei Nova 8 Pro
  • Huawei Nova 8 Pro 4G
  • Huawei Nova 7 5G
  • Huawei Nova 7 Pro 5G
  • Huawei Nova 6
  • Huawei Nova 6 5G
  • Huawei Nova 6 SE
  • Huawei MatePad 10.8 inches
  • Huawei MatePad 10.4 inches
  • Huawei MatePad 5G 10.4 inches

Devices that will get HarmonyOS from the fourth quarter of 2021:

  • Huawei Smart Screen V 55 2021
  • Huawei Smart Screen V 65 2021
  • Huawei Smart Screen V 75 2021
  • Huawei Smart Screen V 85 2021
  • Huawei Smart Screen S Pro 55
  • Huawei Smart Screen S Pro 65
  • Huawei Smart Screen S Pro 75
  • Huawei Smart Screen S 55
  • Huawei Smart Screen S 65
  • Huawei Smart Screen S 75
  • Huawei Smart Screen X 65
  • Huawei P30
  • Huawei Mate 20 X 4G
  • Huawei Mate 20 X 5G
  • Huawei Mate X
  • Huawei P30 Pro
  • Huawei Nova 5 Pro
  • Huawei Enjoy 20 Pro 5G
  • Huawei Enjoy Z 5G
  • Huawei Enjoy 20 Plus 5G
  • Huawei Maimang 9
  • Huawei MediaPad M6 10.8-inch
  • Huawei MediaPad M6 8.4-inch
  • Huawei MediaPad M6 Turbo Edition
  • Huawei Enjoy Tablet 2

Devices that will get HarmonyOS from the first half of 2022:

  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design
  • Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design
  • Huawei P20 Pro
  • Huawei P20
  • Huawei Nova 4
  • Huawei Nova 3
  • Huawei Nova 5i Pro
  • Huawei Nova 5z
  • Huawei Nova 5
  • Huawei Nova 4e
  • Huawei Maimang 8
  • Huawei Enjoy 9S
  • Huawei Nova 5i
  • Huawei Enjoy 10 Plus
  • Huawei Mate 9
  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design
  • Huawei P10
  • Huawei P10 Plus
  • Huawei Nova 2s
  • Huawei Enjoy 10
  • Huawei Enjoy 10s
  • Huawei Enjoy 9 Plus
  • Huawei Nova 3i
  • Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 inches
  • Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4 inches
  • Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro 10.8 inches
  • Huawei MediaPad M5 Youth Edition 10.8 inches
  • Huawei MediaPad M5 Youth Edition 8 inches
  • Huawei Enjoy Tablet
  • Huawei Smart Screen V55i
  • Huawei Smart Screen V65i
  • Huawei Smart Screen V 65
  • Huawei Smart Screen V 65 2019
  • Huawei Smart Screen V 76 2019


  1. This plan will first apply to the Chinese models
  2. This list could be updated
  3. Global Huawei models could differ from the Chinese model
  4. Rollout time for global models could be different

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