Huawei has been through some tough times lately, and it seems the US government is after it. But the Chinese company is holding on tight and still releasing some quality smartphones. Here are the latest news and rumors about the upcoming next generation – Huawei P60 series.
When will the Huawei P60 series be launched?
There’s no official word from Huawei on a release date, but we’ve already seen reports that the P60 range could debut March 2023. The rumor comes from a cool name “The factory manager is classmate Guan” [translation from Google] who posted on Weibo that it is “tentatively scheduled for release at the end of the first quarter of the year”.
Looking back, the P50 series debuted in China in August 2021, so we’re long overdue for a successor, even though Huawei is no longer on a strict annual schedule.
As for the international launch, there may be a longer wait. The P50 was never launched outside of China, while the P50 Pro was only launched internationally in January 2022, half a year after its Chinese debut, and didn’t arrive in Europe until March. Eventually it was joined by the foldable P50 Pocket, in global markets at least.
A recent Politico article about the company’s restructuring in Europe sparked speculation that Huawei might give up trying to sell handsets in the region, but at the moment little is certain, and Huawei maintains a European presence and office, so there’s no reason yet to think we won’t see Phones are being launched there, too.
So while the P60 range may be announced in March 2023, we cannot say with confidence which of the range will be available in different regions and when they might arrive.
How much does the Huawei P60 series cost?
Since Huawei has not confirmed the P60 series at all, we don’t have any specific pricing for the upcoming models. With that in mind, we can look back at the previous two generations to see how they lined up.
The Pro model is obviously a bit more expensive than the standard version, but that’s right on par with current flagships, as we’ve seen similar prices from Apple and Samsung. We don’t expect these numbers to drop much in the near future, so if you want a P60 Pro, you should probably look at a higher number than the big one.
By last year, it’s likely we’ll see an international launch for the Pro and Pocket, but perhaps not for the standard model.
What will be the specifications and design of the P60?
There has been a flurry of rumors about the upcoming P60 series in the past few months, which is a sign that the devices may be arriving in the not too distant future. Originally, we’d heard reports that Huawei intended to use its own Kirin series of processors this time around, though this would have required the company to find a new manufacturing partner to get around US trade restrictions.
Huawei told a Chinese reporter that won’t be the case, so the P60 range is now expected to include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, albeit likely with only 4G network support because sanctions prevent Huawei from accessing 5G components.
The new P60 has been reported to have been given the unusual codename of Mona Lisa, and while her enigmatic smile is unlikely to be seen on the new device, we have seen rumors that the technical capabilities of the P60 range will be interesting thanks to the upgraded cameras.
It is rumored that Huawei’s own XMAGE imaging technology will appear on the new device to enhance the camera capabilities now that the long-term Leica partnership has ended. XMAGE was launched by the company in July 2022 and it debuted on the Huawei Mate 50 Pro. Now it’s expected to come as standard in the P60 range, providing all sorts of algorithmic improvements for photos and videos.
He Gang, president of Hauwei’s mobile business, announced at Huawei Community Week last July that XMAGE is introducing a breakthrough in mobile imaging platform. HUAWEI has evolved into a leader in mobile camera technologies thanks to its past inventions and innovations, which have helped lead the industry… This is the intensification of our past innovations in the field of imaging and our commitment to exploring the field for imaging in the future. Break through to new heights of motion pictures, so stay tuned. “
Another interesting rumor is that the main camera of the P60 or P60 Pro will have a variable aperture lens to give it more flexibility. This is another piece of technology we’ve already seen for the first time in the Mate 50 Pro, so it would make sense to see it show up in the next P series.
Some rumors suggest that the main camera could be upgraded to a 64MP sensor, which should be able to make better use of the XMAGE technology.
Naturally, we also expect to see a foldable P60 Pocket in the series
There isn’t much to complete at the moment, but we’ll update this article as soon as we have more details. In the meantime, take a look at our current recommendations for the best smartphones and the best new phones coming in 2022/2023 to see what Huawei has to edge out.