Huawei has quietly launched the Mate 60 series in its native China, and fans have quickly trooped to the company’s stores to purchase the new models, which include the top-end Huawei Mate 60 Pro Plus with three punch holes in the display and three rear cameras.
And while it’s completely normal for Chinese users to fawn over the latest Huawei devices, the Mate 60 lineup has generated a lot of excitement in China and across the globe, thanks to the return of one key feature: 5G. Yup, in addition to satellite voice calls and messaging, the Huawei Mate 60, Mate 60 Pro, and Mate 60 Pro Plus all support 5G data — without the use of a special case.
Huawei satellite call on a plane.— Carl Zha (@CarlZha) September 10, 2023
$1.4/min domestic, $2.8/minute international, $0.7 per messagepic.twitter.com/X6OqPnumaX
OOT: A video you may want to watch showing one key feature of the Huawei Mate 60 series besides 5G capability
Which brings us to today’s burning question: Will Huawei bring the newest members of the Mate family overseas? According to a report by the Chinese website IT Home, insiders have claimed that the company is set to make a huge comeback to the international stage, with the local launch of the 5G-capable Mate 60 models laying the foundation for its return to form as a prominent player in the global tech industry.
Why not? Since Huawei can now offer 5G connectivity on mobile devices, the next logical step would be to sell them to the rest of the world.
Huawei has yet to comment on the chip that made 5G possible on its Mate 60 phones, but domestic reports claim all three are powered by the self-developed, fully Chinese-made Kirin 9000S chip, which uses SMIC’s 7nm manufacturing process. We’ve seen the Huawei Mate 60 Pro in person, and one key takeaway for us is that it’s an impressive piece of tech. Very nice to look at, even better to hold and operate. Unfortunately, we can’t confirm if it does use the much-talked-about Kirin SoC or not; your guess is as good as ours.
A quick hands-on with the Huawei Mate 60 Pro 5G
We do know that Huawei plans to produce more smartphones this year. The company has increased its yearly smartphone-production forecast from 30 million units in January to 38 million today. So far, it has shipped 20 million units. The remaining ones will be split between the Mate 60 Pro and other models, with the brand reportedly targeting sales of 6 million phones for the Pro variant alone. Last year, it targeted 10 million units for the entire Mate 50 line.
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