Yesterday, the Huawei Mate 60 Pro was quietly unveiled in China, followed by the vanilla Huawei Mate 60 today. In fact, the company’s latest flagship smartphone is already up for sale in its home country.
This is an interesting device as it is powered by a new Kirin chip. Also, it is the first-ever consumer smartphone to have support for satellite calling.
Will Huawei Mate 60 Pro Be Available Outside China?
But unfortunately, there’s a bad news for long-time Huawei fans residing outside mainland China.
According to a statement credited to Android Authority, Huawei confirmed yesterday that it has no plans to launch the Huawei Mate 60 Pro in global markets. Although the company has not made any statement regarding the vanilla model yet, it could have the same fate.
Despite the lack of GMS (Google Mobile Services) and 5G, Huawei released the previous Mate phones in a select few global markets. But sadly, that won’t be the case for the latest models.
The chip inside these handsets could be the reason behind their unavailability in regions outside mainland China. They house a new Kirin 9000s SoC. Unfortunately, we don’t have detailed info on it, except that it allows 5G connectivity.
The new Kirin chip in years enables 5G connection on Huawei smartphones after a long time. It is a known fact that Huawei is banned from utilizing 5G tech that has US involvement. However, this new Kirin mobile platform is rumored to be fully indigenous.
We are awaiting more information on this new chip. So far, based on benchmarks, we know that it is only as powerful as the almost 3-year-old Snapdragon 888.