In 2020, there are a lot of things that happened in the Huawei world. This includes the launch of various new products and services, as well as challenges that kept increasing in the face of U.S. sanctions.
This year, Huawei introduced two new flagships – Huawei P40 and Mate 40 series, as well as EMUI 10.1 and EMUI 11. At Huawei Developers Conference 2020, the company unveiled HarmonyOS 2.0 also known as Hongmeng OS, laying out its development road map and adaptation process.
On the wearables section, Huawei released new smartwatches – Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro, Watch GT 2e, and Watch Fit, which enhances user experience and how you keep track of your health.
This year, the U.S. continues to imposed new sanctions on the product that Huawei sources from other countries and specifically made with U.S.-made technologies such as chipsets.
There are only a few weeks left for us to enter in 2021 but ahead of that, there are a few more launches and questions to cover. As recently, we’ve received over 200 hundred questions and queries from Huawei fans that came to us via Mail, Twitter, and Facebook. Some of these answers reflect our own opinions and it’s possible that it may not match everyone else’s.
Let’s start our December 2020 Q&A session:
Q1. Why Huawei is still not allowing Rooting.
A – We don’t have an exact answer to this.
Q2. When Huawei Book will be available in Germany
A – We don’t have an official confirmation on this matter.
Q3. Will there be a continuous SpO2 measure feature for Watch Fit?
A- Yes, Huawei Watch Fit has an Sp02 monitoring feature but, there’s no confirmation about 24 hours Sp02 monitoring for this Watch.
Q5. Huawei Y9 and Y9 Prime 2019 will get EMUI 11?
A- According to the official rollout plan, these phones aren’t eligible for EMUI 11.
Q6. Will there be a multi-window mode feature coming to Huawei P20 Pro?
A – No because the multi-window mode feature was introduced with EMUI 10.1 and P20 Pro is not compatible with EMUI 10.1.
Q7. Will Honor smartphones get HarmonyOS update?
A- Currently, there’s no confirmation on this matter because it’s now an independent company.
Q8. HarmonyOS will support APK installations?
A- We’ll have to wait for official confirmation.
Q9. What’s the launch date of the HarmonyOS mobile beta?
A- HarmonyOS mobile beta for developers will be introduced on December 16 but its availability is yet to be revealed for general users.
Q10. Which devices will support HarmonyOS?
A- Currently, Huawei has not confirmed information about the HarmonyOS devices but the Chinese tech giant is likely to give this update first to the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) smartphones. You can check our list of expected devices to get HarmonyOS 2.0 upgrade here.
GMS, Sanctions and Chipset:
Q11. Will Huawei be able to use a Snapdragon processor in the Huawei P50 series?
A- Maybe, because Huawei can still use Kirin 9000 chipset in the Huawei P50 series but we cannot deny the possibility of using the Qualcomm chipset if it gets a license from the U.S. government.
Q12. Do you think new U.S. President Joe Biden will lift sanctions from Huawei?
A- We don’t know.
Q13. Do you think Huawei will get Google Mobile Services (GMS) back?
A- Yes, if the U.S. provides a license to Google to resume business with Huawei.
Q14. Huawei P40 Lite, P40 Lite 5G, Huawei P30 Pro New Edition, Nova 7i, and Nova 7 SE will get EMUI 11?
A- There is no official information regarding these devices will get EMUI 11 or not but since they’re the latest smartphones their chances for getting EMUI 11 are high.
Q15. When Honor 9X Pro will get EMUI 10
A – Honor has not confirmed EMUI 10 rollout date for Honor 9X Pro but its Chinese version has received even EMUI 10.1 long ago.
Q16. Can Huawei P50 series use under-display camera technology
A- No, we don’t think so, but we’ll have to wait to clear the picture.
Q17. Will Huawei P30 devices will receive major future updates?
A- Currently, Huawei P30 and P30 Pro are running on EMUI 10.1 and it is also a part of EMUI 11 beta testing. Recently, Huawei has released the EMUI 11 stable version for P30 users in China, while global users will get EMUI 11 major upgrades in Q1 of 2021.
Q19. What will happen to Honor phones after Huawei and Honor separated?
A- Now, Honor will work as a separate smartphone company, and older Honor devices likely to remain unaffected by this separation.
Important: Will Huawei Central still cover news regarding Honor smartphones?
A- Yes, we’ll cover the news regarding Honor but it’ll mostly for existing smartphones that launched before the partition between Huawei and Honor that happened in November 2020 and we can also cover devices that will launch in the coming time.
Note: None of these answers were taken from Huawei.
If you’ve any other questions that we forgot to mention, then put it in the comment section.
U.S. is confused over Honor – Ban or Not
After banning Huawei, the U.S. government is now aiming at Honor. The US agencies have recently conducted a meeting to discuss whether to add the former subsidiary of Huawei to the US entity list or not. The meeting seems to soon turn into an argument due to the lack of agreement among the members.
A report from The Washington Post reveals, there are apparently four security organizations that are presenting their perspective on this matter. The Pentagon and Energy Department wants the authorities to black-listed Honor in the market. Meanwhile, the Commerce Department and State Department are strictly against this vote.
In 2019, the Trump administration banned Huawei in suspicion of being a security threat to the nation. Afterward, the US companies withdrew their supply and left Huawei to struggle alone. However, taking it as an opportunity the company started to polish its technologies and making its own empire. Still, there is a long way to cover.
On the other hand, the Chinese firm never accepted the false blame and always opposes them. Furthermore, the Huawei authorities claim all the charges of the US Federal Ministry groundless.
Last December, Huawei sold its subsidiary to a group of Chinese businesses. Thereafter, Honor regained its supply chain including chipsets, Google Mobile Services as well as other partnerships with global tech makers.
Why the US wants to Blacklist Honor:
There is no clear statement why the US wants to ban Honor. The company is no longer part of Huawei and become an independent firm last year. Moving ahead, it doesn’t have a strong position in 5G networking devices manufacturing, which causes any security threat in the country and causes a ban like it did with Huawei.
However, if the company is anyhow banned in the US, it’ll surely bring devastating outcomes. It might lead the owners to give up on the company as it’ll directly cut the supplies from the biggest market. But first, the US has to clear its confusion to ban Honor or not. If yes, then why?
Chip makers to boost 5G RF component production, could help Huawei to bring back 5G phones
The 5G RF (radio frequency) components are a big concern for Huawei as it’s forced to launch its flagship with 4G network access. Launched on July 29 this year, the Huawei P50 series packs a sumptuous camera system, software capabilities, and design. However, the smartphone lacks a 5G communication network.
As reported previously, core 5G components use radiofrequency waves divided into Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) and Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW). Among them, the smartphone makers prefer BAW, whose market is mainly ruled by US chipmakers that are restricted to sell 5G chips to Huawei due to US-Sanctions.
Furthermore, a recent report shows that like other markets, the chip industry has its own working flow. It includes manufactories, packaging, and testing plants to supply 5G RF components. Now the chip foundries are working to expand their business relations and planed of producing more 5G smartphone chips. The positive side of this news is that Huawei could also get access to 5G RF components to bring its 5G smartphones.
Chip Market Status in China:
According to the report, Vanchip Technologies which is a sub-foundry of MediaTek is seeking to work with GaAs. The two parties are accelerating their production to meet the 5G demands across the mainland.
Moving ahead, Qualcomm also contacted Wenmao that will responsible for G sub-6GHz power amplifier (PA). Adding to this, another Chinese supplier Hongjie Technology will provide Qualcomm the advanced 6-inch wafers.
In this line, Qualcomm also extending the RF collaboration on 5G RF front-end products with GlobalFoundries (GF). The collaboration includes sub-6 GHz and cutting-edge mmWave technology to unlock everyday 5G access.
Global Chip Market Status:
The United States and Japan are monopolizing the global chip market at present. The fabless manufacturers including Qualcomm, Qorvo, and Skyworks are planning to work together.
Besides, the other manufactures such as ASE, Amkor, and Changjiang Electronics Technology have ramp-up system-in-package (SiP) and antenna packaging (AiP) integration in their products.
Honor of Kings announce 120Hz support, Huawei Nova 9 come with 90Hz
Huawei Nova 9 will unveil on September 23rd offering four different solid colors- Blue, Violet, Green, and Black. The Nova 9 lineup comes with a 120Hz refresh rate display and features a 300Hz touch sampling rate for maximized touch interactions.
Along with the launch, the Nova 9 will also become one of the unique devices with 90Hz refresh rate support Honor of King game. According to the official information, the next Honor of Kings S25 will also launch on September 23. In this regard, this game expands the new 120 Hz game mode support for more devices for Xiaomi, Black Shark. realme, and others. (check the list below).
Meanwhile, the yet-to-launch Huawei Nova 9 along with Lenovo Xiaoxin Pad Pro 12.6 will support 90 Hz game mode. However, Huawei Nova 9 originally supports a 120 Hz screen rate, and the 300 Hz touch sampling rate providing a 10-bit color depth.
Meanwhile, the upcoming Huawei Nova 9 along with a Lenovo tablet will support the 90Hz refresh rate. However, it’s interesting that Huawei Nova 9 gets a different variation of the game with a high-performance refresh rate for faster gameplay.
Device List for 120 Hz Support:
- iQOO: iQOO 8 and 8 Pro
- Vivo: Vivo X70 Pro+
- Redmi: Redmi K40 Pro
- Xiaomi: Xiaomi 11 Ultra and 11 Pro
- Tencent: Tencent ROG phone 3, ROG phone 5, Red Magic 6, and 6 Pro
- Black Shark: Black Shark 4, 4 Pro, 4S, 4S Pro, and Black Shark 4 Oversea Version
- realme: realme GT, and GT Neo2
Note: The players of the listed devices can find the switch button for high frame rate mode in the setting interface to enable this function.
Honor of Kings:
Also known as Glory of Kings, it’s a Chinese multiplayer battle arena launched by Tencent games. It was launched in October 2015 and counts among the world’s most popular and one of the highest-grossing games of all time.
Moreover, the official information shows, the next’s season of the game will be updated on 23rd September from 0:00-7:30. The website will be taken down for the changes by the time.