Huawei officially confirmed that some of the phones running EMUI 11 will be able to install HarmonyOS 2.0. The new version of the in-house operating system is being rolled out to developers in stages, the first beta for phones is expected this December.
A poster on Weibo claims to have seen the schedule and it goes like this – phones with the Kirin 9000 will get it first (those would be the Mate 40 series), then phones with Kirin 990 5G (some P40 and Mate 30 models) and so on.
Even rather old phones powered by the Kirin 710 and 810 will get to join in (after quite a wait). The “partial” notes presumably mean that only some models will be updated, the criteria is not clear.
The US-China trade war has hampered Huawei’s ability to launch new flagships – the Mate 40 models should have been out already, though limited supply of chipsets and no Play Store for the Western markets lead the company to push back the launch.
The Mates are expected to launch in mid-October in the Chinese market while global availability won’t come until 2021. Note that there will be tablets (and likely foldables) with the Kirin 9000 chips too – HarmonyOS is meant to run on anything, smartwatches, smartphones, tablets, TVs, etc.