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HUAWEI P60 Pro review: All about the XMAGE cameras

If you can live without 5G and Google apps, then this is an excellent smartphone for you.
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Huawei has always been in the lead when it comes to smartphone design and camera performance. The Chinese tech giant continues the trend with its latest flagship device, the HUAWEI P60 Pro.

The phone features a surprising twist: it runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, albeit with 4G connectivity. Moreover, it has 48MP main and 48MP telephoto cameras, along with a 120Hz 6.67-inch LTPO display topped with Kunlun Glass.

But does the phone deliver on its promise of being a premium smartphone with a powerful performance and an amazing camera? Let’s find out in this review.

HUAWEI P60 Pro Specs

Display6.67-inch FHD+ LTPO OLED display, 120Hz refresh rate, 1,440Hz PWM dimming, 300Hz touch sampling, 10-bit colors, Kunlun Glass
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 with 4G
RAM/Storage8GB+128GB
8GB+256GB
12GB+512GB
Rear Cameras48MP main, variable aperture lens
13MP ultra-wide
48MP periscope telephoto
Front Camera13MP
Network4G LTE, Dual SIM
ConnectivityWi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
OthersIn-display fingerprint sensor, USB-C, stereo speakers, IP68 dust and water resistance
OSHarmonyOS 3.1
Battery4,815mAh battery, 88W wired fast charging, 50W wireless fast charging

Display & Design

The HUAWEI P60 Pro has a stunning 6.67-inch LTPO OLED display with a resolution of 2700×1220 pixels and an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz. The display provides accurate colors with P3 wide color gamut. In fact, it has a TÜV Rheinland Colour Accuracy Dual Certification for color accuracy and precise color projection, making it one of the best screens on the market.

HUAWEI P60 Pro Review

The display has a peak brightness of 1300 nits. It also has an adaptive feature that adjusts the refresh rate according to the content, saving battery life and further enhancing the user experience. It has minimal bezels and a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera.

The design of the P60 Pro is elegant and premium, with a metal frame and a glass back that curves on all four sides. Only the screen has Kunlun Glass protection. The phone comes in two colors: Rococo Pearl and Black. The back houses the rectangular camera module that protrudes slightly from the surface.

HUAWEI P60 Pro Review

The phone has an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, and it also supports wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. The device measures 161 x 74.5 x 8.3 mm and weighs 200 grams, making it comfortable to hold and use.

HUAWEI P60 Pro Review

Our review unit is in Rococo Pearl color, an elegant signature color of the P60 Pro. It has a unique pearl texture design that reflects different shades of light and creates an eye-catching effect. According to Huawei, each Rococo Pearl P60 Pro is unique on its own, each one exhibiting random patterns. It is a beautiful and sophisticated choice for anyone who wants to stand out from the crowd.

Cameras

The HUAWEI P60 Pro boasts a triple rear camera setup that consists of:

  • A 48MP main camera with an RYYB sensor and a variable aperture that can adjust from f/1.4-f/4.0, optical image stabilization (OIS), phase detection autofocus (PDAF), and contrast detection autofocus (CDAF).
  • A 48MP telephoto camera with an f/2.1 aperture, OIS, PDAF, CDAF, and 10x optical zoom.
  • A 13MP ultra-wide-angle camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a 120-degree field of view.

The rear cameras support various modes and features such as night mode, super macro mode, aperture mode, and a whole lot more. It can record videos up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second (fps). It also supports electronic image stabilization (EIS), HDR10+, and stereo sound recording.

HUAWEI P60 Pro Review

The phone’s variable aperture allows you better control of the aperture, giving you more flexibility and creativity when taking pictures. It helps image quality by reducing noise and increasing how much light reaches the sensor.

The front camera is a 13MP selfie camera with an f/2.4 aperture and a wide-angle lens. It can record videos up to 4K resolution at 60 fps, and also supports EIS and HDR10+.

HUAWEI P60 Pro Review

The cameras of the P60 Pro are excellent. They can capture amazing photos and videos in almost any lighting condition. Photos have vivid colors with a wide dynamic range, fast and accurate autofocus, and a lot of details. The phone also excels at group and portrait shots. It can capture close up and macro with great clarity and detail.

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Performance

The HUAWEI P60 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, paired with an Adreno GPU. Our review unit has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Also available is the 12GB+512GB variant.

The phone runs on HarmonyOS 3.1, which offers a smooth and seamless user interface with various features and customizations. The phone offers a range of Huawei apps and services such as the AppGallery, Huawei Mobile Cloud, Huawei Music, Huawei Video, and more.

HUAWEI P60 Pro Review

Due to HUAWEI’s issues with the US government, the phone only has 4G connectivity. That being said, 4G speeds on the phone are fast and, for some reason, rival 5G speeds in some areas of the country.

The phone has a fingerprint sensor under the display that unlocks the phone quickly and securely. It also supports face recognition that works well even in low-light conditions. The phone has a dual SIM card slot that supports 4G LTE networks, as well as Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS, and a USB-C port. It also has dual stereo speakers which sound amazing, delivering a clear and immersive audio experience.

Battery Life

The HUAWEI P60 Pro has a large 4815mAh battery that can last up to a full day of heavy usage. It supports Huawei SuperCharge technology, which the company claims can charge the battery to 50 percent in just 10 minutes. It also supports a max of 88W wired fast charging, and a max of 50W wireless charging.

HUAWEI P60 Pro Review

Interestingly, the bundled 88W charger has two ports: USB-A and USB-C. It can charge the battery to full in under 40 minutes.

Verdict

The HUAWEI P60 Pro is a stunning smartphone that delivers on all fronts, offering a premium design, a brilliant display, powerful performance, an amazing camera, and a long-lasting battery. It is a great choice for anyone looking for a flagship device that can handle any task and capture any moment with ease.

However, if you can live without 5G or Google apps, you might want to look elsewhere.

Price & Availability

The HUAWEI P60 Pro 8GB+256GB is priced at P58,999, while the 12GB+512GB will go for P69,999. It is available in authorized retail outlets, and online on Shopee, Lazada, and the SM Malls Online App. From May 12 to 25, 2023, it will come with a free HUAWEI WATCH GT3 worth P12,999.

Pre-orders will come with a 1-year Extended Warranty valued at P3,999. Trade-in is also available for both Huawei and non-Huawei smartphones.

Apart from the discount from the trade-in, buyers are eligible for an P8,000 add-on voucher when they trade in a Huawei smartphone. For a non-Huawei smartphone, an up to P7,000 add-on voucher will be offered. The offer is available in selected stores nationwide.

Bryan is a tech enthusiast and self-admitted geek who enjoys writing about tech and watching clips on YouTube. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations from different industries such as telecommunications and banking.

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  1. This brings up an interesting characteristic of the P60 Pro phone camera lens. Not only does it have a macro lens, but it also has a strong zoom that you never expect in a phone.

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