We tested the most controversial mobile phone in recent months: this is the Huawei Mate 60 Pro

Hands on of the Huawei Mate 60, Pro and Pro+: this is the new high-end of the Chinese firm with HarmonyOS 4.0


Visiting China has many advantages and one of them is the possibility of getting ahead of European launches to be able to take a look and touch phones that have not yet arrived here or directly, that may never do so. Thus, we have had the opportunity to enter a Huawei store and see the Aito M5 (electric cars with technology from the Chinese manufacturer) and also to get our hands on the Huawei Mate 60 Pro family, the most premium range in the house: we tell you How was our experience with the Huawei Mate 60 Pro in this hands on.

What makes the Huawei Mate 60 so special

The Huawei Mate 60 are not just any phones: They represent the return of the Chinese manufacturer to 5G. But this return is possible thanks to a great sacrifice, that of betting on a variation of the Kirin 9000 processor, the company’s latest SoC with this technology due to the United States’ limitation on manufacturing them.

What they can do is modify it, something they have in fact done with this mysterious and controversial Kirin 9000S chip with 5G modem, manufactured in 7 nanometer lithography and uses supposedly unauthorized SK Hynix RAM modules. So yes, The Huawei Mate 60 have 5G, but it takes its toll on them: They integrate a less powerful processor and with an architecture such that they resemble a current mid-range and not the flagship that is historically customary. Of course, the triad has at least 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage (in the case of the Pro+, the base is 16/512GB).

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The Mate 60, Mate 60 Pro and Mate 60 Pro+ have the Kirin 9000S SoC and run HarmonyOS 4.0 as the operating system. This OS is now in its fourth generation and is becoming more mature, gaining customization possibilities, more emojis, and differentiated notifications. Our experience of just a few minutes with HarmonyOS 4.0 and in Chinese it is not enough for a formed opinion, beyond feeling fluid, colorful and quite intuitive when navigating the menus (something commendable since the language difference is a considerable handicap).

A déjà vu in design which is still premium

With the Huawei Mate 60, Pro and 60 Pro+ on their backs, the reality is that it’s hard to differentiate one from the other because beyond the fact that the first is slightly smaller, they all share a rear, which in turn is practically identical to that of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

That is, a generous camera module located in the upper central part as the protagonist. The protuberance of the camera module protrudes but not too much, although when left against a surface, the phone rests on it.

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In this sense, they leave behind the paint patterns of the camera module of the previous generation, of which we had the opportunity to test the Huawei Mate 50 Pro, in favor of a sober black tone that suits him quite well. Any of the three feels premium and robust, offering good gripsomething that is helped by the fact that the edge is less curved than in the previous generation.

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In terms of materials, aluminum and glass are once again the protagonists, although the Pro+ has a texture that emulates skin which, in addition to feeling quite good, makes it more resistant to greasy fingers. I have had all three models in hand and All of them have been somewhat overwhelming to me., however they exceed 200 grams. And he is the one who is the smallest of the family, nothing small: he mounts a 6.69-inch panel compared to the 6.82 of the rest.

Where the differences between the Pro and the non-Pro and with respect to previous generations are most appreciated is on the front. Thus, while the flat Mate 60 is distinguished because it has a hole, the Pro models leave cameras and sensors visible. Come on, goodbye to the notch.

More details of the screens. They are OLED type with Huawei Kunlun Glass 2 protection, 2,720 x 1,260 resolution for the Pro (2,688 x 1,216 for the Mate 60), with an adaptive refresh rate of 1 to 120 Hz (LTPO). These are good figures for a high-end, but it is not the most ambitious on the market. In our minutes of testing and with the artificial lighting of the store it seemed to us that pointed out ways in terms of experience and clarity.

Some more details. The Mate 60 have a satellite connection, which can come in handy in places where coverage fails and they have an ambitious photographic proposal that aims to improve the magnificent proposal of the previous generation. The Pro battery also takes a step forward, rising to 5,000mAh and with 88W fast charging.

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Of the three, the one that probably landing in Europe is the Huawei Mate 60 Pro, leaving the little brother and the Pro+ on the way. We look forward to a more in-depth and exhaustive analysis.

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