Huawei has surprised the smartphone market by launching two new flagship devices, the Mate 60 and the Mate 60 Pro, without much fanfare. The Mate 60 is a slightly toned-down version of the Mate 60 Pro, but it still packs some impressive features, such as a Kirin 9000 chipset, a LTPO OLED display, and a XMAGE camera setup.
Kirin 9000 chipset powers the Mate 60
The Huawei Mate 60 is powered by the Kirin 9000 chipset, which is a 5nm octa-core processor with a peak clock speed of 2.62GHz. The Kirin 9000 is one of the most advanced chipsets in the market, and it supports 5G connectivity, which is a big deal for Huawei, as it has been facing trade restrictions from the US that prevent it from procuring 5G chips. The Mate 60 also comes with 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 1TB of UFS 3.1 internal storage.
LTPO OLED display offers adaptive refresh rate
The Huawei Mate 60 features a 6.69-inch LTPO OLED display with a resolution of 2688 x 1216 pixels and a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. The LTPO technology allows the display to adjust its refresh rate dynamically according to the content, ranging from 1Hz to 120Hz, which can save battery life and improve performance. The display also supports 1.07 billion colors, 1,440Hz PWM dimming, and second-generation Kunlun glass protection. The display has a single punch-hole cutout that houses a 13MP ultrawide front-facing camera for selfies and face unlock.
XMAGE camera setup offers variable aperture and optical zoom
The Huawei Mate 60 boasts a triple rear camera setup that is arranged in a circular ring design. The main camera is a 50MP super-spotting sensor with a variable aperture of f/1.4 to f/4.0, which can adjust according to the lighting conditions and offer better low-light performance and bokeh effects. The main camera also supports optical image stabilization (OIS) and super macro mode. The other two cameras are a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens and a 12MP periscope telephoto lens with OIS and 5x optical zoom. The rear camera setup also features an LED flash and supports two-way satellite messaging, which can send and receive text messages via BeiDou satellites in China.
HarmonyOS 4.0 runs on the Mate 60
The Huawei Mate 60 runs on HarmonyOS 4.0, which is Huawei’s own operating system that is based on Android but does not use Google Mobile Services (GMS). Instead, it uses Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), which include Huawei’s own app store, browser, cloud, and other services. HarmonyOS 4.0 is designed to offer a seamless user experience across different devices, such as smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, TVs, and more.
Battery and other features
The Huawei Mate 60 packs a 4,750mAh battery that supports 66W wired charging, 50W wireless charging, and 7.5W reverse wireless charging. The phone also has an under-display fingerprint scanner, an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, dual SIM support, NFC, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, USB-C port, and stereo speakers.
Price and availability
The Huawei Mate 60 is priced at CNY 5,999 ($824) for the sole variant with 12GB RAM and 512GB storage. It comes in four color options: Black, White, Green, and Purple. The phone is listed on Vmall with the shipments set for September 17. There is no word from Huawei regarding the availability of the Mate 60 in other markets outside China.