Huawei CEO Richard Yu has just said that by 2021 the company will ship the first handsets using the HarmonyOS operating system.
MyFixGuide report adds that Mr. Yu’s information will be officially released at the HDC 2020 developer conference on September 10. Several new devices running on this operating system will be announced soon. with one of the new smartwatches, they launch this year will run HarmonyOS.
Yu admitted Huawei used HarmonyOS on a phone, but it had to wait because of the deal with Google. The company also has high expectations for HarmonyOS in the future, where it will become a worldwide platform.
In an earlier speech, Yu said that the upcoming Mate 40 series will be equipped with a new 5nm Kirin chip called Kirin 9000. In addition to the new 5nm process, it also integrates 5G, AI, CPU and GPU. According to Yu, due to the US ban, the chip will only be accepted by TSMC before September 15. As of September 15, TSMC will not be able to produce chips for Huawei, so the Kirin 900 will be the company’s last generation of high-end Kirin chips.
Huawei is TSMC’s second biggest customer after Apple last year, but the Taiwanese chip factory will not be allowed to deliver chips to Huawei after September 14. Up until that point, TSMC was said to be operating its assembly line 24 hours a day to produce as many chips as possible until no chip delivery was allowed to Huawei. China’s largest foundry, SMIC, is not a viable alternative as the chip manufacturing process is much inferior.
MediaTek has also announced that it will seek permission from the US government to manufacture chips for Huawei, but this seems unlikely to be approved, especially since MediaTek relies on TSMC to manufacture its chips. In addition, US government officials are trying to prevent Huawei from circumventing the law to get rid of the Blacklist.