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HarmonyOS 2.0, to lunch on smartphones in 2021 –Huawei announces

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HarmonyOS 2.0, to lunch on smartphones in 2021 –Huawei announces

Just a year back, Huawei lunched its own operating system – HarmonyOS. Today CEO Richard Yu announced HarmonyOS 2.0 during the keynote at the annual Huawei Developer Conference and it’s finally going to be available to more devices.

The OS is created with cross-platform functionality from the bottom up with support including smart TVs to smartwatches, car head units and of course smartphones. Yu mentioned that the first smartphones running Huawei’s own OS might be available sometime next year with no specifics given. It seems that it will be limited to China for the meantime.

The HarmonyOS 2.0 SDK for smart TVs, watches and car head units will be ready from tomorrow while the version for smartphones will arrive later in December.

In addition, Huawei revealed its OpenHarmony project which is an open-source take on HarmonyOS similar to AOSP (Android Open Source Project). It will be available for developers soon and will support devices with as low as 128KB (yes, kilobytes) of RAM.

HarmonyOS is all about multi-screen functionality with seamless continuity and adaptive UX elements meant to work on a broad range of devices. Huawei is also working out improved security, smart voice recognition and fast cross-device data transfers.

HarmonyOS 2.0, to lunch on smartphones in 2021 –Huawei announces
HarmonyOS 2.0, to lunch on smartphones in 2021 –Huawei announces

HMS Core 5.0 was also detailed once more, bringing оver 12,000 APIs spanning 7 service categories. Huawei also shared its HMS app ecosystem has now reached 96,000 apps and is supported by 1.8 million developers.

Watch video to catch the full Huawei Developer Conference keynote:

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How to preorder the PS5, when available again

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How to preorder the PS5, when available again

The competition is mad crazy, but there’s a way to get it

Sony’s PlayStation 5 will be launching on November 12th in the US pricing from $399.99. That price will buy you the digital edition of the console which doesn’t have a Blu-ray disc drive. If you want a disc drive for playing disc-based PS5 games, 4K Blu-ray movies, and PS4 games that may end up being compatible, you’ll need to go for the higher version of the console that has sells for $499.

Preorders are now available, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be get one. The stock that was available at retailers like Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Target, Sam’s Club, and Walmart came and went incredibly fast. It’s been a whole fiasco. Some stores have preorders in stock down the line so you might want to check back from time to time to see if you have any luck.

Read Also: Sony reportedly producing millions fewer PS5 consoles than expected

To keep you posted on when it’s fully available, we’ll try to updated you with news of more stock coming to retailers — like how Walmart just added another batch of pre-orders at 6PM PT / 9PM ET.

PlayStation 5 (with disc drive): Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Target, Best Buy, B&H Photo, Sam’s Club
PlayStation 5 (with disc drive): Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Target, Best Buy, B&H Photo, Sam’s Club

PlayStation 5 (digital edition without disc drive): Buy on Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Best Buy, Target, Sam’s Club

Note that stock has been selling out very quickly, so on the off-chance you get a console in your cart, I highly recommend placing the order.

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Redmi 9A arrives with more RAM and storage

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Xiaomi offshoot Redmi previously launched the Redmi 9 as Redmi 9 Prime in India last month, followed by the Redmi 9 which looks same to the international Redmi 9C. Today the Chinese phone maker launched the Redmi 9i in India, which is a renamed Redmi 9A launched at the starting of this month in the country.

The major difference between the Redmi 9A and 9i is that the latter has more RAM and storage, which makes us wonder the need for a name change. Redmi might have consider naming it as a Redmi 9A with more memory.

That’s being said, the Redmi 9i is powered by the Helio G25 SoC and runs Android 10 with MIUI 12 on top. It’s built around a 6.53″ HD+ display that has a notch up top for the 5MP selfie camera.

Behind the the phone is an Aura 360 Design and houses the 13MP primary camera followed by an LED flash. Under the hood, the Redmi 9i powers a 5,000 mAh battery that charges through a microUSB port at up to 10W.

Redmi 9A arrives with more RAM and storage
Redmi 9A arrives with more RAM and storage

Redmi 9i comes in two colours, the Midnight Black color Redmi 9i in Sea Blue color Redmi 9i in Nature Green color

Read Also: Best Xiaomi Smartphones to use in Nigeria (2020)

The color variants for the Redmi 9i are similar to the Redmi 9A – Midnight Black, Sea Blue, and Nature Green. Its base model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at INR8,299 ($110/€95), and for INR1,000 (14/€11) more you get double storage.

The Redmi 9i will go on sale in India starting September 18 through the company’s official site, Flipkart.

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Huawei MatePad 5G lunches: A Kirin 820-powered version of the MatePad 10.4

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Huawei MatePad 5G lunches: A Kirin 820-powered version of the MatePad 10.4

The Huawei MatePad Pro 5G is a high-budget tablet with next gen connectivity, starting at CNY 5,300 ($785). The MatePad 10.4 is more affordable, CNY 1,900 ($280) for the Wi-Fi only option. Halfway point between those two lies the new Huawei MatePad boosts a 5G options.

The Huawei MatePad 5G increases on the MatePad 10.4 released earlier this year.

Though it looks same to the 10.4 model, however it upgrades to the Kirin 820 chipset. This brings with it a 5G modem along with Wi-Fi 6. Compared to the Kirin 810 of the other tablet it comes with two Cortex-A76 cores (four in total) and a more powerful Mali-G57 MP6 GPU (up to 30% faster than the G52 MP6). It has just one memory configuration for this slate, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage. Which can be expandable via a external microSD card.

In addition to the Chipset, a few more similarities exits than differences. The MatePad 5G has the same 10.4” IPS LCD panel with 2,000 x 1,200 px resolution. It houses the same same 8 MP front-facing camera, on the opposite sides is another 8 MP cam. It houses speakers around the perimeter along with four microphones.

Read Also: Huawei realeses Enjoy 20 and Enjoy 20 Plus with Dimensity 720 5G

The battery capacity remains the same, 7,250 mAh, but charging speed was increased slightly to 22.5 W (up from 18 W). 30 minutes give it up-to30%, going to 100% takes 2.5 hours.

For charging, the USB-C port, which serve as a double duty as the wired headphones port – the 3.5 mm jack has been dropped (at least you get a Type-C to 3.5 mm adapter in the box).

Huawei MatePad 5G

This tablet is compatible with a couple of key accessories – a hardware keyboard cover and the M-Pencil stylus. Since the slate runs EMUI 10.1 (based on Android 10, no GMS), it supports Huawei’s desktop experience, which can turn it into a compact laptop replacement.

The Huawei MatePad 5G can already be pre-ordered from Vmall.com at a price of CNY 3,200 in White and Gray.

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