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Huawei Introduces New Wearables, High-End MateBook Laptops

“Huawei Seamless AI Life New Products Global Launch” is the elegant name of today’s online event that the Chinese company used to announce its fall 2020 lineup of consumer electronics.

The new products include two wireless audio solutions, a pair of wearables, and another couple of high-end Windows laptops from the MateBook family. The lattermost category consists of the MateBook 14 and the MateBook X, both of which feature largely bezel-free designs and pretty sizable trackpads for maximum comfort.

Then there are the Huawei FreeLace Pro wireless (but wired to each other) earbuds designed for workouts like running, as well as the more stylish FreeBuds Pro, a pretty obvious rival to Apple’s AirPods Pro. Finally, the new wrist-worn wearables are similarly divided into one that is more closely targeted toward athletes in the Huawei Watch Fit, and another general-purpose fashion statement with a chop in the form of the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro.

With today’s announcement out of the way, Huawei is almost done with high-profile product launches for this year. The only remaining range of devices that it is yet expected to announced before 2020 comes to a close is the Mate 20 series of Android flagships. Those traditionally launch in the second half of October, so more details on the matter will probably follow very soon.

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Huawei Mate 40 Announced, But With Import Requirements Instead Of Google

The Mate 40 family, Huawei’s newest range of Android flagships, has been officially announced at an online event earlier today. As expected, the lineup that consists of the regular Mate 20 and the Mate 20 Pro is the first such high-end mobile offering from Huawei that lacks Google Mobile Services due to the economic sanctions the U.S. government previously imposed on the Chinese company.

In their place, Huawei developed its own solutions, including the App Gallery, an alternative to the Google Play Store, pretty much the default way of obtaining apps on Android smartphones, tablets, TVs, and other devices. The new devices offer support for the fifth generation of mobile networks, including both mmWave and low-band 5G. Furthermore, they’re powered by the Kirin 9000, the fastest mobile chip ever produced by Huawei subsidiary HiSilicon.

Both smartphones are planned to begin retailing by the end of the month, but unsurprisingly, they won’t be officially coming to the United States. Importing them from Europe shouldn’t be a costly affair, however, but whether you can make do with an Android experience devoid of any and all things Google is another matter entirely.

For reference, Huawei’s next flagships might not even run Android but an entirely new operating system called HarmonyOS that the firm is still developing.

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Huawei looking to offload flagship smartphone lines: report

Huawei purportedly decided to cut its losses in the high-end smartphone sphere, at least for the foreseeable future. To that end, the Chinese company reportedly started negotiating a sale of its two largest Android flagship lines – the Mate and P families.

Will Huawei ever return to making Android flagships?

The final decision on the matter hasn’t been set in stone just yet, but insiders close to Huawei claim the real-world situation is pretty straightforward, implying that the company will almost certainly greenlight such a divestment. Huawei’s exit from the premium smartphone market has been the subject of many rumors since the latest round of the U.S. Commerce Department’s crippling sanctions preventing the company from licensing crucial technologies like an up-to-date Android OS version with Google Mobile Services.

So, whether Huawei ever returns to designing, making, and selling cutting-edge smartphones at extremely aggressive price points primarily depends on how soon could the company free itself from the Commerce Department’s deterrents. While the Trump administration that started causing everyday supply problems for Huawei has been voted out of office, the newly inaugurated cabinet led by Joe Biden doesn’t appear to be in a hurry to let Huawei get back to pressuring American tech pioneers. As that’s pretty much what it’s been doing prior to having most of its major suppliers blocked from doing business with it, one after the other.

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Huawei Porsche Design Watch GT 2 Announced With Limited Availability

Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei and German automaker Porsche are continuing their long-term collaboration, having just done so earlier today with the announcement of yet another member of the luxurious Porsche Design family of high-end consumer tech. The product in question is the Porsche Design Huawei Watch GT 2, a Wear OS smartwatch that tries to blend form over function, catering to consumers who are only interested in the very best, no-compromise solutions.

Made entirely out of titanium, the Porsche Design Huawei Watch GT 2 is a sleek device that should do a good job of blending with virtually any clothing style, from premium formal wear to completely casual looks. It uses two digital crowns that are the primary way of interfacing with its many functions.

Meaning a few rotating gestures are all that is required in order to activate pretty much any feature of the wearable. As expected, this thing will have an extremely limited availability once it releases early next month. There is still no word on the official pricing but previous generations from this smartwatch family, same as the Hublot family, were well into the quadruple-digit territory, and there is no reason to believe this one will be any different.

Prospective U.S. customers will have to import the Porsche Design Huawei Watch GT 2 from Europe, as per usual.

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