Huawei Quietly Releases The Mate 60 And Mate 60 Pro, Possibly Its First 5G Phones In Years

Huawei Quietly Releases The Mate 60 And Mate 60 Pro, Possibly Its First 5G Phones In Years

Huawei launched its second flagship series this year with the Huawei Mate 60 and Mate 60 Pro. Both smartphones were quietly launched in China and boast impressive hardware specs including LTPO OLED displays, Kunlun special glass, and facial recognition. Huawei is also reportedly equipping them with 5G capabilities, a first for the company since the Trump administration imposed trade restrictions with Huawei.

The Huawei Mate 60 Pro is a typical flagship phone that would rank among the best Android phones if it ran on a more user-friendly Android system. It runs on Huawei's HarmonyOS and has a 6.82-inch, 2720 x 1260, 120Hz display. The display has very small bezels, only interrupted by a small punch-hole design for selfies and facial recognition.

Huawei maintains its focus on the camera, with a powerful triple-lens rear camera system, including a 50-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 48-megapixel telephoto camera. The whole thing is powered by a 5000mAh battery with 88W charging power.

The Mate 60 is a slimmer version of the 60 Pro. All the important features, including fast charging and the LTPO display, are housed in one large slot, but you won't find a three-hole slot for secure facial recognition. The battery is also smaller, at 4,750mAh, and the charging power drops to 66W. Both the Mate 60 and Mate 60 Pro, like the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, are capable of sending two-way satellite messages.

According to a Reuters report, the launch of the Mate 60 and Mate 60 Pro was so simple that even Huawei employees were "shocked". There may be a reason. The Huawei Mate 60 and Mate 60 Pro reportedly support 5G, and that's a big deal.

Even if we assume that all modern smartphones have 5G modems, the Huawei Mate 50 and Mate 50 Pro do not support 5G. Due to Huawei's trade restrictions, the company has been unable to purchase 5G chips. The Huawei P60 and P60 Pro also use the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 4G model.

If Huawei can get past the US-imposed restrictions, it would be a big win for the struggling company. Huawei is said to use its own Kirin processor, although Reuters was unable to confirm this. Neither the Mate 60 nor Mate 60 Pro product pages make this clear, and Reuters cites a post on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of X (born Twitter).

While 5G will be a boon, Huawei will still struggle to gain market share outside its home country. The lack of Google Play Store is still a big problem for many people. Naturally, competitor Xiaomi has no such restrictions, and Honor continues to support Google Play services for anyone who wants to try out Huawei, as our review of the Honor Magic 5 Pro shows.

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