In a surprising move that caught the tech community off guard, Huawei has quietly introduced its latest flagship smartphone, the Mate 60 Pro, in retail stores across China. Breaking away from the conventional teaser campaigns and extravagant launch events, the company has chosen to let the phone’s specs, pricing, and marketing images do the talking.
Striking Design and Display
The most attention-grabbing feature of the Mate 60 Pro is its display. This phone boasts a unique design element with a trio of punch holes on the screen. These punch holes house not only the selfie camera but also a cutting-edge 3D Time of Flight (ToF) sensor. While Huawei has been known for its various camera setups, this is the first instance of three distinct punch-hole cutouts.
The Mate 60 Pro boasts a sizable 6.82-inch 10-bit LTPO OLED display. This screen offers a resolution of 2720 x 1260 pixels and stands out with a versatile 120 Hz adaptive refresh rate. To enhance the visual experience, Huawei has incorporated a second-generation Kunlun Glass layer on top of the screen. This glass treatment varies between editions, with the White and Green variants featuring a glass upper segment, while the Purple and Black editions showcase a luxurious faux leather finish.
Powerful Internals and Innovative Software
While the phone listing omits specific details about the chipset, it is widely speculated that the Mate 60 Pro will be powered by Huawei’s in-house Kirin 9000 flagship SoC. This potent chipset is paired with up to 12 GB of RAM and an expansive storage space of up to 1 TB. The phone also offers the flexibility of expanding its storage using a nano memory card.
The Mate 60 Pro also marks the debut of Huawei’s updated Harmony OS 4.0 software. Notably, this version extends the phone’s capabilities to include satellite messaging within China.
Impressive Camera System
The camera setup on the Mate 60 Pro is truly captivating. The main camera ring is home to a familiar 50 MP primary module, equipped with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF). This component is inherited from previous models, such as the Mate 50 Pro and P60 Pro. One of the standout features of this camera is its variable aperture, ranging from f/1.4 to f/4.0, enabling it to perform exceptionally well in various lighting conditions.
The camera system continues to impress with an ultrawide-angle camera featuring a 12 MP sensor and an f/2.2 lens. Additionally, the third camera in the setup integrates a 48 MP sensor and an f/3.0 telephoto lens. This lens comes supplemented with OIS and AutoFocus (AF) for enhanced image stability and clarity. The selfie camera setup is equally intriguing, comprising a 13 MP ultrawide unit and a 3D Time of Flight (ToF) sensor.
Long-lasting Battery and Pricing
The Mate 60 Pro is powered by a robust 5,000 mAh battery, offering support for rapid 88W wired charging and 50W wireless charging. Impressively, the phone also features a reverse wireless charging option at 20W.
Despite offering storage options of 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB, the Chinese online store currently lists the 512 GB version at $960. This suggests that the base price of the Mate 60 Pro is likely to be under $900.
Huawei Mate 60 Pro Specifications
- Chipset: Kirin 9000S (Unconfirmed)
- CPU: Octa-core (1×2.62 GHz Cortex-A720 & 3×2.15 GHz Cortex-A720 & 4×1.53 GHz Cortex-A510)
- GPU: Mali-G910 GPU
- OS: Harmony OS 4.0
- Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
- Display: 6.82″ LTPO AMOLED with 1212 x 2616 pixels resolution, 120Hz, 1B colors
- Memory: RAM: 12 GB, Internal: 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, Card slot: Yes
- Camera: Rear (Triple): 50 MP, f/1.4-f/4.0, 24mm (wide), PDAF, Laser AF, OIS, 48 MP, f/3.5, 90mm (periscope telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3.5x optical zoom, 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚ (ultrawide), PDAF, Front: 13 MP, f/2.4, 18mm (ultrawide)
- Colors: Black, White, Green, Purple
- Fingerprint sensor: Under-display
- Battery: 5,000 mAh, 80W wired charging, 50W wireless, 20W reverse wireless
With its discreet entrance into the market, the Huawei Mate 60 Pro offers an array of enhancements in both design and performance, positioning itself as a formidable contender in the flagship smartphone segment.