Wednesday, October 4

The Huawei Mate 60 Pro smartphone’s impressive camera performance, powerful chip, and limited access to Google apps, with only the likes of Facebook, Instagram, X, Spotify work on its features.

The manufacturing of the 7nm chip that powers the Mate 60 series is a subject of intense speculation within the US government.

Due to sanctions imposed by the United States, Huawei was unable to manufacture advanced silicon technology, resulting in a three-year break.

The Mate 60 Pro and Mate+ smartphones, which are the latest additions to the Huawei Mate family of devices, are likely the most controversial and significant releases of the year.

Huawei’s actions have raised concerns among the mobile industry that it has rekindled the ongoing US-China tech cold war.

We’re curious to know, based on our initial impressions, of the Mate 60 Pro as a smartphone. Politics aside, what can we say about it?

Ben Sin’s photograph depicts the back of the Huawei Mate 60 Pro.

Ben Sinclair posed for the photo, showing one of the three holes punched into the front of Mate 60 Pro that allow selfie camera and 3D face scanner similar to what Apple does in iPhone.

The design and hardware

The Huawei Mate 60 Pro, a regular Android device, boasts curved sides and an optical fingerprint scanner, along with 7.0-inch OLED display; triple-lens camera system in the glass back (positioned in stacked form); aluminium frame housing buttons, including 3.5-cup and USB-C port.

It has some nice design touches, including a two-tone back and three holes on the front side which hold what iPhone users see through like.


The device boasts an average of 12GB of RAM and a 5,000 mAh battery, along with precise haptic vibration motors and high-quality stereo speakers. The build quality is exceptional, with no corners or rough edges, and it feels luxurious in your hand.

The 50MP primary camera with a physical shutter that can adjust the aperture between f/1.4 and FF/4.0, X-Ray optical zoom, Sony’s standard ultra-wide camera, and Huawei’S telephoto lens are just some of the impressive features in the new triple camera system.

The Kirin 9000S chip, which is based on a 7 nanometre (nm) architecture and has incorporated syncing for 5G networks, is the most prominent feature. Although it may not be the latest, it still performs as well as it should. Additional information can be found in the performance section.

Ben Sinclair presents a photo of the Huawei Mate 60 Pro and Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Software and features

The Mate 60 Pro will run on HarmonyOS 4, Huawei’s self-developed mobile software, which I believe bears some resemblance to the company’S earlier EMUI Android skin. This means that Android users can easily navigate the UI without much difficulty.

The swipe gesture navigation system, sharing photos, and display brightness adjustments are all similar to the basic operations of Android devices.


HarmonyOS’ advantage lies in its ability to function in conjunction with other Harmonized Operating Systems products, which encompass a broad range of devices in China, including electric vehicles.

HarmonyOS is not compatible with most Android apps, but it can run Google apps that require Google Mobile Services (such as Gmail, Google Drive, and YouTube), including Facebook, X, Instagram, Spotify, or Microsoft Outlook.

With a focal length of 90mm and bokeh that reaches up to 10cm, the Huawei Mate 60 Pro’s “telemacro” lens is the most versatile camera available to us as discovered by Spectacle reviewers.


Although the Kirin 9000S is a good choice, it doesn’t offer cutting-edge features like the Mate 60 Pro, which runs smoothly on it. However, this device falls behind Apple and Qualcomm’s silicon in terms of technology, as 7nm technology is approximately two generations behind those of 5nmm and 4nmp architecture.


The Kirin 9000S outperforms the A15 Bionic chip in the iPhone 14 Pro and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip that powers most Android flagship chips, but the Kirinch 9900S is superior in terms of 5G connectivity.

The Kirin 9000S was found to achieve peak download speeds of 1Gbps in several speed tests conducted by both I and industry peers.

During my testing on China Mobile’s 5G network in Hong Kong, the Mate 60 Pro was found to have slightly faster download speeds than the iPhone 14 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5.

Ben Sin captured the benchmark performance of the Huawei Mate 60 Pro using the Geekbench 6 CPU.

I don’t think 5G connectivity is overrated, even though 4G LTE is still speedy. The Mate 60 Pro’s cameras were what really impressed me.


The Mate 60 Pro’s telemacro lens is the most versatile camera I have ever used, providing me with strong bokeh and a low focus distance of 10cm. When shooting at varying distances, the 90mm lens provides good depth of field while maintaining detail. The phone also captures impressive macro images that are unmatched by any other smartphone.

Despite the variable aperture not being as effective as marketing suggest, the main camera is strong. The other cameras are sturdy and each lens has autofocus capabilities.

Huawei has always had cameras with such impressive capabilities.

Ben Sinberg captured a speed test of the Huawei Mate 60 Pro 5G in this photo.

The conclusion

Overall, the Huawei Mate 60 Pro is another phone that has been well-crafted and features top-notch hardware.


Although technically superior, silicon’s existence is a testament to its success in the circumstances.

The phone’s inability to run core Google apps will result in a significant decrease in its appeal, but Huawei has limited its sale to mainland China.

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