We’re now just one day away from Huawei’s annual developer conference, HDC 2020. Aside from the usual developer fare — including blemish sessions in fintech, gaming, ecommerce, and travel & aeronautics — we’re assured a scattering of accouterments announcements, as well as the latest developments on HMS Core 5.0, HarmonyOS, and EMUI 11. HDC will take place from September 10-12 at Huawei HQ in Shenzhen, China, and you can watch the official live streams on the HDC page here.

We’ll also be liveblogging the event tomorrow starting at 9 am CEST, so check back in for our reactions to the announcements as they unfold.

Here’s aggregate we know so far.

Latest developments in HMS Core 5.0, HarmonyOS, and EMUI 11

At HDC, Huawei will be actualization a number of new software announcements, including how it’s accelerating the development of its able operating system, HarmonyOS, and will advertise the latest on its HMS Core 5.0 open capabilities. For the beginning developers amidst you, they’ll advertise how HMS Core 5.0 will help to bring Huawei’s arch accouterments capabilities to devs. Huawei will also be discussing the latest absolution of EMUI 11 for its Android phones.

Next-gen apps from AppGallery

Day two kicks off with a deep dive into more topics including gaming, travel, ecommerce, and fintech as part of their tech sessions.

At HDC 2020, Huawei will be discussing AppGallery, Huawei’s mobile app store, which is unique in that it combines HMS’s fully open Chip-Device-Cloud capabilities and Huawei devices’ software and accouterments capabilities to let developers create avant-garde games, and alms players more unique gaming experiences.

Also in the lineup are HMS Core, Huawei’s mobile account framework, and how Huawei is allowance busline devs create the disruptive, and more convenient, travel casework of the future.

We can also reveal two of the big accouterments announcements.

Huawei FreeLace Pro earphones

The first is the FreeLace Pros, a sequel to last year’s FreeLace wireless-ish earphones. These aren’t absolutely earbuds, and they aren’t absolutely wireless. They do have a wire that wraps around the back of your neck, abutting both speakers to onboard audio controls that double as a USB-C charging port. But I guess we can give a pass on the “wireless” claim, as you don’t need to physically tether them to your device.

This year’s abundance seems to have an added focus on in-ear fit, which should make them a more adequate alms than last year’s. We should see action controls, as well as the ascendancy panel used to accomplish its predecessor. Huawei’s FreeLace Pros are also likely to offer noise cancelation, article a few have noted due to the dual microphone design.

Saving the best for last, the array life should be extraordinary, with a appear jump from 18 to 24 hours. 

Based on the advice we have, these seem to be both hardly cheaper and much bigger over the aboriginal FreeLace earphones. With a larger driver, better array life, and noise-canceling technology, I’m most analytical to see how these stack up adjoin Huawei’s already accomplished FreeBuds 3. 

Huawei Watch Fit smartwatch

This one seems to take aim at both Fitbit and Apple, with a bargain another to both that’s advised to work seamlessly with modern Android devices. It’s not Huawei’s first smartwatch, though it’s the first that looks like offerings from the competitors mentioned. Previous versions featured annular screens. 

On looks alone, it seems to be a steal. Watch Fit appearance a 1.64 inch 456 x 280 OLED with 326ppi pixel density. If the on-screen image is annihilation like the Watch GT 2e, it’s likely to launch to rave reviews. The always-on watch face is agnate to those we’ve seen in the Apple Watch for the past couple of years, though we’re audition letters of a 180mAh array that lasts up to 10 days during normal use, or 12 hours with GPS tracking. This would decidedly outshine the 18 hours you’ll get with accepted Apple Watch models.

Onboard, you’ll find an optical (PPG) heart rate sensor that annal your heart rate 24/7, and even calculates oxygen saturation. We’ll see 96 conditioning modes, and over 200 watch faces to boot.


So what’s the catch? Well, we don’t have all the capacity yet, but if it’s going to offer most of what draws people to its most accepted competitors, and at a cheaper price, it’s going to have to cut corners somewhere. From what we know so far, we can report that the Watch Fit’s apartment won’t be made of steel or aluminum, but “engineering plastic,” which should help to keep costs down while also accouterment a lighter wearable that tips the scales at around 34g — as against to 47g for the Apple Watch Series 5 and 38g for the FitBit Versa 2. 

For most, this shouldn’t make a bit of difference, though the failing design could catechumen those used to toting around larger competitors.

HDC 2020 Rumor Mill

That’s the end of the accepted announcements, but we can brainstorm a little about what else we might see. Capacity are a bit light, but we can glean a little advice from a recent tweet from Huawei:

Granted, this is purely speculation, but the image would seem to affirm the two announcements we’re already sure of: FreeLace Pro earphones, and the Watch Fit smartwatch. Both, in fact, have seen “soft launches” in some regions already.

What’s absorbing though, is the admittance of a PC in the tweeted image. It suggests we might see the first PC with the accounted HarmonyOS 2.0, article the aggregation teased last month in a series of cryptic images on Weibo. Again, we can’t affirm this, but the pieces would seem to fit. 

Speculating again, I’d expect any Huawei PC, at this point, to have a small form factor — continuing the trend of Huawei’s ultra-thin carriageable lineup — with industry-leading array life. 

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