Earlier this year, Honor launched its first phone since becoming independent, then in June it announced the Honor 50 series, which marked the return of Google Mobile Services on its phones. Now, to follow that up, the company has now unveiled the Honor 60 series.
In a way, history repeat itself – the 50-series was the first to use the Snapdragon 778G chipset, the Honor 60 Pro now becomes the first with the updated version, the Snapdragon 778G+. This chip is still based on the 6 nm design of the original, but cranks up the clock speed of the Kryo 670 prime core to 2.5 GHz (up from 2.4 GHz) and the Adreno 642L promises 20% higher performance. The vanilla model, however, sticks with the original 778G chip.
Also like last time, the vanilla and Pro models are quite similar, except for several key upgrades on the Pro. Unlike last time, however, there are just two phones – no SE here (not today, at least).
The Honor 60 and 60 Pro are equipped with 10-bit OLED displays with 120 Hz refresh rate with 100% DCI-P3 coverage and an HDR10 certification (HDR10+ for the Pro). Note that they use high-frequency PWM at 1,920 Hz. This will lead to less flicker than typical PWM systems, but it still not DC dimming.
Honor 60 Pro
The Honor 60 Pro is equipped with a quad-curved display, which the company argues leads to a smoother in-hand feel. The display is larger too with a 6.78” diagonal.
Just like its predecessor, the main camera on the back features a 108 MP sensor. It is a 1/1.52″ sensor that can do 9-in-1 pixel binning for an effective pixel size of 2.1 µm
The Pro model got an upgraded ultra wide-angle camera with a 50 MP sensor and a field of view of 122º. And it has autofocus, so it can do macro photography with a focus distance of just 2.5 cm (1 in). The third module on the back for is a 2 MP depth sensor.
For the selfie camera, as seen in the photo below, the Pro phone has only a single camera on the front (the 50 Pro also had an ultra wide selfie cam). The 60 Pro’s single selfie camera does have a fairly wide 100º lens and a 50 MP sensor, allowing it to crop in for a closer view.
The phone comes with a 4,800 mAh that supports fast charging at 66W. Charging speeds are still really fast, the first 50% of the battery are filled up in 15 minutes. However, we should note that the 50 Pro supported 100W charging and could do a full charge in 25 minutes (again, with a smaller battery).
One last upgrade over the 50-series that is a few months old now – the new phones will arrive with Magic UI 5.0 out of the box, which is based on Android 12. The new version delivers improvements to privacy and security, along with other enhancements.
Honor 60 Pro Specifications
- 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
- CDMA 800
- 3G bands: HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
- CDMA2000 1x
- 4G bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 18, 19, 26, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41
- 5G bands: 1, 5, 8, 28, 41, 77, 78 SA/NSA
- Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A, 5G
- Announced: 2021, December 01
- Status: Exp. release 2021, December 10
- Dimensions: 163.9 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm (6.45 x 2.94 x 0.32 in)
- Weight: 192 g (6.77 oz)
- Colors: Black, Green, Blue, Pink
- SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Type: OLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, HDR10+
- Size: 6.78 inches, 111.4 cm2 (~90.9% screen-to-body ratio)
- Resolution: 1200 x 2652 pixels (~429 ppi density)
- Android 11, Magic UI 5.0, no Google Play Services
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
- CPU: Octa-core (1×2.5 GHz Cortex-A78 & 3×2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
- GPU: Adreno 642L
- Storage: 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM
- Memory Card slot: No
- Main Camera: Triple
- 108 MP, f/1.9, (wide), 1/1.52″, 0.7µm, PDAF
- 50 MP, f/2.2, 122˚ (ultrawide)
- 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
- Features: Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
- Video: [email protected], [email protected]/60fps, gyro-EIS
- Selfie Camera: Single – 50 MP, f/2.4, 18mm (ultrawide)
- Video: [email protected], [email protected], gyro-EIS
- Radio: No
- Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
- Audio 3.5mm jack: No
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
- Bluetooth: 5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
- GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- NFC: Yes
- USB: USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
- Sensors: Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Batter Type and Capacity: Li-Po 4800 mAh, non-removable
- Charging: Fast charging 66W, 50% in 15 min (advertised)
- Reverse charging 5W
Honor 60 Pro Price and Availability
The Honor 60 Pro is already up for pre-order in China. It’s price starts at CNY 3,700 ($580/€515/₹43,500) for an 8/256 GB unit, plus you can upgrade to 12/256 GB for CNY 300 more.