Harmony OS is Huawei’s new OS. It is intended for its products, of course, but also for third-party manufacturers who want it. Today, the first Harmony OS smartphone not designed by Huawei appears on the Chinese market: the Gionee G13 Pro.
With the embargo imposed by Donald Trump in 2019, Huawei can no longer use the Google software suite in its smartphones. The brand then decided to develop its own OS: Harmony OS. It will equip its products, of course, but also those of third-party brands if they want. Today, a first non-Huawei smartphone to offer it. It’s about Gionee G13 Pro.
Gionee is a Chinese manufacturer that has never gone beyond the borders of the Middle Kingdom. The terminal was spotted by the GizChina site, which remains cautious about its case. It could indeed be an error, but the official product sheet leave no room for doubt about its OS.
Harmony OS equips a first non-Huawei smartphone
The Gionee G13 Pro is a smartphone ultra entry level primarily aimed at seniors. On the design side, it adopts false airs of iPhone, but its technical characteristics are much less attractive than the star from Apple.
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It has a 6.26 inch LCD screen, a very modest Unisoc Tiger T310 processor, a 3500 mAh battery and a 13 megapixel camera. A modest configuration for a price that is just as much, since the smartphone is sold at around 70 euros.
The fact that it embeds Harmony OS is interesting and shows Huawei’s desire to become a serious alternative to Android, at least in China. As a reminder, this OS takes the main lines of its American competitor, but wants to focus on standardization. This means that it can equip smartphones as well as TVs or connected speakers.
Launched in 2021, Harmony OS equips the P50 range in China (Android in Europe). On the old continent, only MatePad tablets offer it. It remains to be seen whether Harmony OS will be able to establish itself among third-party manufacturers in its country, because this is indeed the challenge for its future.