Huawei, the Chinese tech giant, has launched a new version of its flagship smartphone series, the Mate 60 Pro+. The phone is available for presale from September 8, 2023, and boasts of impressive features and performance that showcase Huawei’s success in overcoming the U.S. sanctions.
A new Kirin 9000s chip made in China
One of the most remarkable aspects of the Mate 60 Pro+ smartphone is that it is powered by a new Kirin 9000s chip that was made in China by Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC). This is a breakthrough for Huawei, whose access to chipmaking tools essential for producing the most advanced handset models has been restricted since 2019 by the U.S. This previously left the company only able to launch limited batches of 5G models using stockpiled chips.
The Kirin 9000s chip is a variant of the Kirin 9000 chip that was used in the previous Mate 40 series. It has a slightly lower clock speed and fewer cores, but it still supports 5G connectivity and high-performance computing. According to a tear-down analysis by TechInsights, the chip was fabricated using SMIC’s N+1 process, which is comparable to the 7-nanometer process used by other leading chipmakers.
A superior 5G experience and larger storage
The Mate 60 Pro+ smartphone also offers a superior 5G experience, as it can link up to two satellites concurrently and achieve download speeds exceeding those of top-line 5G phones. The phone supports both standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) modes of 5G networks, as well as dual SIM cards and dual VoLTE.
The phone also has a larger internal storage than the Mate 60 Pro, with options of 256 GB or 512 GB. The phone also supports Huawei’s proprietary Nano Memory (NM) card, which can expand the storage up to 256 GB more.
A stunning design and display
The Mate 60 Pro+ smartphone has a stunning design and display, with a curved glass body and a ceramic back. The phone comes in two colors: black and white. The phone has a circular camera module on the back, which houses four lenses: a 50-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel telephoto camera, a 20-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and an 8-megapixel periscope camera. The phone also has a laser autofocus sensor and an LED flash.
The phone has a 6.76-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2772 x 1344 pixels. The display has a refresh rate of 90 Hz and a touch sampling rate of 240 Hz. The display also supports HDR10 and DCI-P3 color gamut. The display has a pill-shaped cutout on the top left corner, which houses a 13-megapixel selfie camera and a 3D depth-sensing camera.
A powerful battery and fast charging
The Mate 60 Pro+ smartphone has a powerful battery and fast charging capabilities. The phone has a 4400 mAh battery that supports Huawei’s SuperCharge technology. The phone can be charged up to 66% in 30 minutes using a 66 W wired charger, or up to 50% in 30 minutes using a 50 W wireless charger. The phone also supports reverse wireless charging, which can charge other devices such as earphones or smartwatches.
The phone runs on Huawei’s EMUI 11 operating system, which is based on Android 10. However, due to the U.S. sanctions, the phone does not have access to Google’s services and apps, such as Gmail, YouTube, or Google Maps. Instead, the phone uses Huawei’s own services and apps, such as Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), Huawei AppGallery, Huawei Browser, and Huawei Map Kit.
A new version of Huawei’s foldable phone series
In addition to the Mate 60 Pro+ smartphone, Huawei also launched the Mate X5 on September 8, 2023. The Mate X5 is a new version of Huawei’s foldable phone series, which can transform from a smartphone to a tablet by unfolding the screen. The Mate X5 has an improved hinge mechanism and a more durable screen than its predecessor, the Mate Xs. The Mate X5 also has similar specifications as the Mate 60 Pro+, such as the Kirin 9000s chip, the quad-camera system, and the fast charging technology.
Huawei did not reveal the price of either the Mate 60 Pro+ smartphone or the Mate X5 foldable phone. However, according to some reports, the Mate 60 Pro+ smartphone could cost around $1,200, while the Mate X5 foldable phone could cost around $2,400.