Huawei Mate60 Pro suddenly released: 5G may have returned, the world’s first consumer-grade satellite call

When the market is speculating whether the Huawei Mate60 series will be launched on the same day as the Apple iPhone 15, without any precautions, Huawei just suddenly launched the annual flagship Mate60 Pro.

In fact, the real spy photos of the Mate60 series production line were all over the Internet yesterday. I don’t know if it is because of this leak that Huawei made the Mate60 Pro debut in advance.

The much-anticipated 5G version has no official official information yet. However, judging from the speed test pictures posted on the Internet, the uplink and downlink speeds have reached the 5G standard (download 582Mbps, upload 115Mbps), and it is speculated that the domestic 5G baseband is used.

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The processor model of Huawei Mate60 Pro is also uncertain, and multiple online pictures show Kirin 9000s. This chip, which has been rumored for a long time, has never revealed its true face. Some whistleblowers who have already used the real phone claim that it is an overclocked version of Kirin 9000.

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Then look at this device, which is symmetrical about the central axis and has always been the iconic aesthetic design element of the Mate series. The Mate60 series is no exception. The shape of the lens module returns to the well-received "star ring" design of the Mate40 series.​

From the product picture, the "star" has become bigger, and the text in the center of the circle has also been changed from "Leica" to Huawei's own imaging brand "XMAGE".​

There are three lenses on the "Star Ring", which are 50-megapixel ultra-light-changing main camera (F1.4~F4.0 variable aperture, OIS optical image stabilization), 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera (F2.2 aperture) , 48-megapixel super macro telephoto camera (F3.0 aperture, OIS optical image stabilization), supports auto focus.

The sensor model and the focal length of the telephoto lens are currently unknown. From the side view, the lens bulge is obvious, but it is not as exaggerated as Mi 13 Ultra. Combined with the weight of 225 grams, Mate60 Pro has achieved a good balance between feel and stacking.​

Interestingly, the material on the back adopts a split design. About two-thirds of the top is made of plain leather, and the rest is guessed to be metal. Visually, it is more dexterous, lively, and youthful, which weakens the "business sense" of the Mate series.​

At present, four colors are available on the official website: Yadan Black, Yachuan Green, Baisha Silver, and Nannuo Purple. Among them, the texture of Yachuanqing is the most special. The official introduction is inspired by the Yarlung Zangbo River in Medog County, Tibet, like an abstract Chinese landscape painting.​

Back to the front, the Mate60 Pro's "Smart Multi-Island" is particularly eye-catching. Contains a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera (F2.4 aperture) and a 3D depth-sensing camera.​

That's right, with the blessing of the 3D deep-sensing camera, smart functions such as 3D face unlocking, AI remote control, smart payment, and watching the screen are back on the Mate60 Pro.​

In addition, the screen of the Mate60 Pro uses the second-generation Kunlun glass, which is resistant to falling and has a design of equal-depth four-curved surface, which ensures the feel and look. (If you have used P60 Pro and Mate X3, I believe you must be full of praise for the sliding and gripping feel on the edge of the four-curved screen).​

In addition to appearance design and image configuration, Huawei Mate60 Pro has also brought major upgrades in communication. Huawei claims it is the world's first mass-market smartphone to support satellite calling.

First of all, in the absence of a ground network, it supports making and receiving satellite calls, and can also freely edit satellite messages, select multiple pieces of location information to generate a trajectory map, and add a guarantee for extreme travel conditions.​

Secondly, it is equipped with "Lingxi Communication" technology. Through carefully designed antennas and AI algorithms, mobile phones can achieve more stable network connections in low-signal scenarios such as high-speed rail, subways, elevators, and garages.​

As for whether there is a 5G version, there is no way to know at present, we have to wait for the press conference to see the outcome.​

In terms of other basic configurations, Huawei Mate60 Pro can be regarded as the "bucket machine" in the current flagship, and the small regrets of the previous generation are filled in one go:​​

  • 1-120Hz LTPO adaptive refresh rate screen, supports 1440Hz high-frequency PWM dimming​
  • 5000mAh large battery, supports 88W wired charging, 50W wireless charging, 20W reverse charging​
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 port​
  • Support IP68 dustproof and waterproof​
  • 12GB storage (256GB/512GB/1TB storage specifications are optional)​
  • Support NM memory card expansion (up to 256GB)​

In addition to the above-mentioned hardware without shortcomings, there are also highlights in the software: built-in Hongmeng 4.0, and connected to the Pangu artificial intelligence model, you can experience smarter interactions.​

In terms of price, the current 12+512GB version is 6,999 yuan, which is already on the official website or offline flagship store. How about the specific experience, please look forward to the follow-up evaluation of Aifaner.​

Huawei Mate Surprise 11 Years

While releasing the Mate 60 Pro, Huawei also announced that the cumulative shipment of Mate series mobile phones reached 100 million units. This is not only Huawei's brilliant record, but also a milestone after many years of high-end domestic smartphone development.

We will launch a flagship phone that is much more powerful than the iPhone 5 by the end of this year and early next year.

In 2012, when Yu Chengdong, who had just taken over Huawei’s consumer business, said this on Weibo, the reaction of most people was surprisingly consistent with that of Jobs after he took out the iPhone in 2007—full of cynicism, and almost no one believed that Huawei could shake the An industry leader that has captured a large number of markets.

Previously, Huawei mobile phones were customized by operators. In 2011, the shipment volume reached 150 million units, but most of them were cheap OEM mobile phones. The high-end smartphone market was dominated by Apple and Samsung.

Despite this, Yu Chengdong still resisted internal pressure and external doubts, and made a controversial but crucial decision-"We will not make low-end OEM mobile phones, but we will make mid-to-high-end products."

Behind the Huawei Mate series, we have a glimpse of what choices a breakout made at each key node, choosing high-end, self-research, and choosing to overcome difficulties, as Yu Chengdong said at the Mate 7 conference:

There are many paths to the top of the mountain, and we choose the one that is the hardest and most rewarding.

1 courage

From today's perspective, Yu Chengdong's decision to cut off the low-end and mid-range carrier business is undoubtedly very correct, but if you take off the rearview mirror of history, you will find that it takes a lot of courage.

We must know that Huawei's terminal sales revenue had reached 6.8 billion US dollars at that time. However, OEM mobile phones for operators do not have the right to speak in channels. Only by removing the battery can you see the brand logo, let alone form brand awareness.

Huawei was the first to realize this problem among the "China Cool Alliance", and would rather sacrifice the stable income of customized machines, but also bet on high-end manufacturers. At this time, the side effects of the operator's customized machine route have already appeared.

Yu Chengdong found that "Huawei employees are unwilling to use our own mobile phones because they are too low-end." He believes that this approach has no future.

In 2013, the Huawei Mate series was born, and Ascend Mate appeared with the first 6.1-inch large screen on the market. At that time, the mainstream size of smartphones was concentrated in 4-5 inches. This attempt seemed too bold. At that time, most users preferred mobile phones held in one hand. The Galaxy Note in the same period was also controversial because of its large screen.

Today, when the iPhone mini is about to be cut off by Apple, this seems unbelievable. However, market education requires the foresight and determination of pioneers, and Huawei's Mate series has begun to play such a role.

2 jazz

After the exploration of Mate 1/2, in March 2013, Huawei launched the research and development of a new generation of Mate, code-named Jazz, and was in charge of Bruce Lee, then vice president of Huawei's mobile phone product line. This product officially made Huawei the high-end flagship Mate 7 with a firm foothold in the market.

Mate 7 continues the advantages of the previous two generations of large screens and long battery life. At the same time, it adds the first one-touch fingerprint unlocking for business people. The appearance design is more stable, in line with the identity of professionals.

According to Bruce Lee's recollection, after the price of Mate 7 was announced at the press conference in September 2014, the audience was silent. "No domestic mobile phone has dared to exceed 3,000 yuan. Many people have expressed doubts that Huawei's brand power is not enough to support mobile phones exceeding 3,000 yuan."


And the release node of Mate 7, there is Samsung in the front and Apple in the back, which seems to be more or less ominous. In addition, many mobile phone stores at that time disdained to cooperate with Huawei, and even Bruce Lee's initial sales forecast for Mate 7 was only 1.2 million units.

However, one week after the launch of Mate7, all the indicators claimed by dealers have been completed, and it is hard to find a machine in the market. Mate 7 has become the most popular model for scalpers at that time, and "Mate 7 is in stock" is the most effective means of attracting customers in offline stores.

Even Yu Liang, the general manager of Vanke, couldn't buy it anywhere, so he had to ask someone to find Yu Chengdong, and Yu Chengdong gave him one. This is not an isolated case. In the following year, Ai Faner found that many middle and high-level managers of enterprises were already using this mobile phone.

The "Almighty Xiao Zhu", who just started working this year, was also attracted by the Mate 7 in the mall, but was told that it was out of stock, and he waited for more than a week before getting his wish. "I remember very clearly that my colleagues in the company rushed to watch it, and I felt really proud. From then on, I started to follow every press conference of Huawei."

In the end, the shipment of Mate 7 exceeded 7 million units. The "Jazz Life" advertised by Mate 7 began to be recognized by business people and other high-end circles. A milestone in the high-end smartphone development of Huawei and even China as a whole.

3 King of Machines

Also in the year when Mate 7 was released, the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission issued a document requesting a 20% reduction in the marketing expenses of the three major operators, and a substantial reduction in subsidies for customized machine terminals. Slow down the pace of transformation.

Since then, in "China Cool Alliance", except for Huawei, they have gradually fallen behind in the smartphone market. "Huami OV" continued to write new stories, and Huawei took the lead in carrying the banner of high-end flagships.

In 2016, after Samsung's Note 7 battery reputation collapsed, Mate 9 filled the gap in Android's high-end flagship. Even Samsung's malicious cut-off of curved screens failed to prevent its outbreak. Mate 9 sold 5 million units within four months of its release. .

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Huawei invested more than 200 million U.S. dollars in the "Android Bottom-level Surgical Optimization Project" on the Mate 9. It first proposed a 18-month smooth experience without stuttering.

This requires rewriting more than 100 million lines of existing Android native code, and even if 80 of the most mature software engineers work overtime every day, it will take at least a year and a half.

Dr. Wang Chenglu, who is in charge of this project, commented on the arduousness of the project, "It is very difficult. Once there is a problem, Huawei's mobile phones may be wiped out."

After that, Mate continued to hit new highs in Huawei mobile phone sales. By the second quarter of 2018, Huawei's smartphone market share had risen to 15.8%, surpassing Apple for the first time to become the world's second largest smartphone manufacturer. This is the first time Apple has lost this position in 8 years.

In 2018, the high-end flagship ushered in another milestone. The Mate 20 series became the machine king of the year with its super comprehensive strength. Huawei invested more than 20,000 people/month in the research and development of this model, and the cost was as high as 350 million US dollars. .

Aifaner's ifanRank this year rated Huawei Mate 20 Pro (UD) as the smartphone of the year, not only based on the balance of its comprehensive strength, but also because of its outstanding representativeness. To a certain extent, it is a breakthrough The epitome of the mobile phone industry in 2018.

The Mate 20 series has won unanimous praise from domestic and foreign media and users. TomsGuide rated it as "the best high-end mobile phone this year", and BGR believes that "Huawei has released the most powerful Android phone in the world's history."

At this time, the industry's perception of Huawei has been completely different from when the first-generation Mate was released. Mate 20 is equipped with the world's first 7nm mobile phone chip Kirin 980. I still remember that there were not enough seats at the IFA conference in Berlin that year. The media can only stand and watch the press conference.

Huawei's Kirin 9 series chips have entered the industry's top chip market, and Huawei HiSilicon has completed the transformation from a laggard to a chaser, to a competitor, and finally to a leader.

The subsequent Mate 30 continued the success of the Mate 20 as the best-selling 5G phone of 2019.

According to the global smartphone shipments report for April 2020 released by market research firm Counterpoint, Huawei's market share reached 21.4%, surpassing Samsung's first position in the world for the first time, and the Mate30 series contributed a lot.

After the release of the Mate30 series, Yu Chengdong recalled those tossing and turning nights in 2012, and couldn't help feeling:

I still remember that when we set the goal of taking the high-end route, we had no brand influence, it was very difficult to open up the market, and there were doubts from inside and outside the company. From the launch of the first Mate to the current Mate30 series, we have stumbled all the way, constantly thinking about how to make the consumer experience better and what the consumer's needs are.

4 countercurrent

The Mate 40 conference next year will be a little tragic for some special reasons. Many people speculate that Mate 40 may become the swan song of the Mate series.

At the end of the press conference, Yu Chengdong said "thank you" three times and bowed twice. The phrase "Leap further ahead" does not have an elegant accent, but it symbolizes the determination and courage of Huawei people to "move forward".

Even though the Mate40, which was born under this background, can still be played today, it is still not out of date in the past 2 years, as evidenced by the strong price. At the end of last year, a colleague of Ai Faner resolutely sold his iPhone 12 Pro and bought back a Mate 40 Pro. The Mate series is still an irreplaceable business card for Huawei's high-end flagship.

Looking back on the past ten years, the counterattack of the Mate series in the high-end flagship is inseparable from Huawei's daring to bet on future technology trends that others are daunting.

The technological innovations of Mate's classic models form the pearls of the high-end flagship crown, and it also reveals Huawei's judgment on the future development of mobile phones, which ultimately more or less affected the direction of the trend.

Huawei has proved with the Mate series that the high-end smartphone market is actually a touchstone for technological innovation, and only by solidly tackling core technologies and polishing the user experience can it succeed in breaking through.

5 thrones

Last year, Yu Chengdong reposted an article titled "Falling Huawei, Eat Apple" in Moments, lamenting that Huawei ceded the high-end market of mobile phones and tablets to Apple, and the mid-to-low end to Samsung, OPPO, vivo and Xiaomi.

The past two years were originally a good time for domestic mobile phone manufacturers to hit the high end. First, 5G ushered in a wave of phone replacements, and second, Huawei's temporary absence gave up a large piece of the market.

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According to CINNO Research data, in November 2021, Apple accounted for 85.6%, Huawei accounted for 7.9%, and other brands accounted for 6.5% of the sales of models above 5,000 yuan in the Chinese mainland market in November 2021.

In the same period of the previous year, this figure was 60.6% for Apple and 31.1% for Huawei. Apple almost swallowed the market share that Huawei gave up, and the shares of several other companies in the high-end mobile phone market did not rise but fell.

This gap seems to be widening, as can be seen in the sales data of 618 mobile phones last year. According to's self-operated mobile phone sales list, the iPhone 13 is the best, and domestic mobile phones are hardly a fraction of it.

The smartphone market is sluggish day by day, and there are more and more voices from the public criticizing the lack of innovation in smartphones. However, we believe that the development of smartphones has not yet come to an end. In the second half, manufacturers will compete not only on the performance of a single device, but also on the experience of ecological interconnection and technological innovation that cannot take shortcuts.

Technological innovation and breakthroughs are never achieved overnight, but by accumulating silicon steps and reaching thousands of miles. Behind the Mate series is Huawei's R&D investment regardless of cost. Even in 2021 when the Mate series is absent, Huawei's R&D budget is as high as 22.1 billion US dollars, accounting for 22.4% of sales, more than three times that of Apple.

Over the past ten years of R&D investment, Huawei has accumulated industry-leading technologies in terms of user needs such as screens, battery life, imaging, and AI. The Hongmeng 4 released not long ago began to access the large model, and it will also become a new weapon for Mate, enabling seamless transfer between mobile phones and PCs, tablets, headphones, and even cars, bringing a smooth experience of super terminals.

6 Shenghua

684 days after the release of the Huawei Mate 40 series of mobile phones, the Huawei Mate 50 series officially returned last year.

Mate 50 still has a unique appearance. It inherits the iconic axisymmetric star ring design of the series and incorporates the design concept of Paris studs. It will show different colors under different light and shadow.

In order to increase the durability of the mobile phone, the front of the Huawei Mate 50 series plain leather version and the Huawei Mate 50 RS Porsche Design version use Kunlun glass, which is 10 times more resistant to drops than ordinary glass, and has won the Swiss SGS five-star drop resistance Resistant certification. But this is like waterproof performance, which can only prevent temporary accidents, not intentional damage.

The satellite communication function of "Piercing the Sky" also debuted on this phone for the first time, earlier than the iPhone 14, which also supports satellite communication.

Huawei Mate 50 is the first mass smartphone that supports Beidou satellite news. When you are in distress at sea, in a deserted uninhabited area or in an environment without ground signal coverage such as earthquake rescue, you can still send text and location information through the Changlian app. , keep in touch with the outside world, and can generate a trajectory map from multiple pieces of information.

This is the first civilian use of Beidou satellite information, and it is also a manifestation of China's independent scientific and technological strength.

With the development of smartphones, the hardware and system functions are becoming more and more perfect, and it is quite difficult to go further. The satellite communication function is not a daily requirement, but it is a function that may be used once in a lifetime, and once can be used for a lifetime.

With strong enough performance, and the black technology that can talk without network or electricity. The Huawei Mate 50 has indeed brought a different voice to the mobile phone market. The popularity of Mate50 in the market even exceeded Huawei's imagination. By the end of last year, the total sales of Huawei Mate50 had reached 6.8 million units, and it was once sold out.

Just like last year, Huawei has to face the upcoming new iPhone, but Huawei is still one of the Chinese brands that has the best chance to carry the high-end mobile phone market. Our evaluation of the Huawei Mate series last year is still not outdated.

Smoke rises above cold ashes, blossoms grow on dead wood

This article was jointly completed by Wang Helong and Li Chaofan

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