Pushed back multiple times, the date for the presentation of Huawei's new P50 range is now finally set in stone.

On July 29, Huawei will unveil its new smartphones - which will no longer run on Android but on HarmonyOS, a home operating system based on the Linux kernel and compatible with Android apps.

Forced by the Trump administration to drop Android and no longer integrate Google Web Services into its smartphones, Huawei is preparing to take the plunge.

In China, the giant has already started the transition by switching several hundred thousand smartphones from Android to HarmonyOS.

Nothing new under the rising sun

Its new P50 range will be the showcase for this major change.

Interface level, however, do not expect very big changes.

HarmonyOS is based on the same kernel as Android and is moreover compatible with most Android apps.

An application store will allow you to retrieve many apps to install them on your smartphone.

Google services will be replaced by Huawei-branded software, with alternatives to Google Maps, Gmail or even Google Drive pre-installed on the terminals.

True to form, Huawei should mainly focus on photography to stand out with a smartphone equipped with a gigantic 1.18-inch Sony IMX800 sensor.

The design of the smartphone has also been known for a while.

Huawei's plans could be thwarted, however, by the semiconductor shortage that has plagued the industry for months.

The first echoes evoke a launch in two phases with the arrival of a 4G variant before the launch of the 5G version, which would be surprisingly reserved for the elite.

For lack of supply, Huawei would be forced to offer two different versions of each of its terminals.

A strategy that could cost him dearly given the popularity of 5G terminals in several markets ...

It is not yet clear whether these new devices will also be marketed in Europe or whether Huawei will focus on the domestic market for some time.


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