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Huawei Mate 60 Pro makes low-key debut in China

The Mate 60 Pro is here. (Source: Huawei)
The Mate 60 Pro is here. (Source: Huawei)
Huawei has foregone hype in favor of stealth in opening pre-orders for the Mate 60 Pro in China. The new flagship smartphone packs surprises besides its sudden appearance, the resurrection of the metal unibody chassis and a novel triple punch-hole for its FHD+ 120Hz OLED display included. It also features triple rear XMAGE cameras with a 50MP OIS-enabled variable-aperture main shooter.

The Mate 50 Pro's successor has made an unexpected arrival onto Huawei's Vmall webstore in the absence of its usual vanilla, E-series or RS siblings. Nevertheless, it is now official as the world's first flagship smartphone with HarmonyOS 4.0 out of the box.

On that note, the Mate 60 Pro does indeed contain a potentially Live Window-friendly selfie camera set-up; however, as it turns out, the OEM has gone for a more innovative triple punch-hole design rather than an overt Dynamic Island clone. The row of dots, centrally located along the top edge of the 60 Pro's 6.82-inch 1-120Hz LTPO screen, house a "3D deep-sensing camera" along with a 13MP front-facing shooter.

On the reverse side, Huawei has indeed developed a new metallic frame with rounded edges also seamlessly joined together by about half of the rear panel. The OEM hints that this long-awaited return to a unibody design is specially constructed to let wireless signals in and out.

Ironically, it totally omits mobile data specs on the 60 Pro's new sales page, other than to note that it does not support 3G or 2G, even though there is second-generation satellite support. Then again, its model number (ALN-AL00/-AL80) might help give certain other details away.

The Mate 60 Pro's rear panel is completed by a new, bottom-curved glass insert that also integrates its new Star Ring camera hump. The suspiciously Honor X50-like circular module houses a 12MP ultrawide-angle f/2.2 shooter as well as 50MP "ultra-variable" (f/1.4~4.0) aperture and 48MP "ultra-macro telephoto" cameras with OIS and auto-focus. They are rated for an "camera treasure box" of XMAGE features such as "10-speed adjustable physical aperture", Super Night Scene and "HDR Vivid" video.

The Mate 60 Pro is said to integrate the mythical Kirin 9000S processor with a top clock of 2.62GHz; however, its SoC also goes totally unmentioned on the site for now. Nevertheless, the new flagship now goes for 6,999 yuan (~US$960) as a single 12GB RAM/512GB internal storage SKU in black, green, silver or purple versions of its new two-toned chassis.

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The Mate 60 Pro in all 4 new two-toned shades. (Source: Huawei)
The Mate 60 Pro in all 4 new two-toned shades. (Source: Huawei)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2023-08-29 (Update: 2023-08-29)