What would Huawei if geopolitics hadn’t got in the way? Impossible not to wonder, given everything that happened from 2019 (it was the year of the P30 Pro) to today. The answer to an extremely complex question certainly cannot be simple, but it can be read in perspective within the new P60 Pro. With the new flagship, in fact, Huawei has demonstrated how much value the group has in its holster in terms of research and development capacity, with a 2023 smartphone that does not slip away from once again raising the quality bar.
HUAWEI P60 Pro it suffers from the problem of not being part of the duopoly that controls the mobile market (iOS/Android), but it also represents a further lever for an ecosystem that intends to grow, establish itself and make the App Gallery the third pole of the sector. It is not an easy path, but at the same time it is an obligatory path that Huawei is taking head on, presenting in these hours a new range of high quality products with which to show the world the potential built in Shenzen.
Be HUAWEI P60 Pro
That of Huawei is a real muscle test. In fact, within a confirmed design and trendy specifications, a large-capacity smartphone is outlined, designed for those looking for a “plus” experience and want the best without compromise. The photographic module in great evidence is a real ostentation, a show up with head held high and chest out in the challenge against the direct rivals of all time. In short, let the iPhone and Galaxy come forward, because in terms of photography today this is the new horizon to overcome:
- 48 MP Ultra Lighting camera (f/1.4-4.0 adjustable aperture, OIS);
- 13 MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide-angle camera;
- 48MP Ultra Lighting telephoto lens (f/2.1, OIS).
We put it to the test for a few days while waiting for the official presentation.
The super moon
The P60 Pro arrives while the fuss about the lunar shots discovered on the Samsung Galaxy has not yet completely settled, which through Artificial Intelligence redeline the photographs of the Moon to make them better defined even if less real. The Huawei approach proclaims itself different and so, as soon as we had the smartphone in hand, we wanted to do some experiments.
The result is that, by framing the Moon, the smartphone demonstrates immediate awareness of it as soon as the zoom increases and the Moon can be distinguished from a simple luminous circle: a special flag identifies the object framed (denoting recognition) and modifies the settings to optimize the quality of the shot. the AI, however, also does something further: it acts in post-production, enriching the image with details to ensure that the result can be more defined than it is actually possible to obtain.
The super-moon is not an imposition of the AI, but a precise choice of the user: in fact, the tag that highlights the recognition of the subject can be easily deactivated, thus avoiding the intervention of the algorithms and leaving the image the one that of course it was possible to set up and obtain. The difference from the competition lies in this important detail: transparency. The AI acts on the HUAWEI P60 Pro through an explicit and optional action, leaving it to the user to decide what to do. Not a replacement, but an aid: choices of field and identity.
The same process also occurs with other subjects: the following shot, for example, has been identified as “autumn leaves” and calibrated accordingly, thus enabling a similar shot that fills the image with warm color.
Why start with AI? Because this is the characteristic element of the 2023 generation of the smartphone market, putting on the plate field choices that each company has carried out in its own way. Everything else is a powerful linear evolution, which once again marks the difference between the new model and the previous one, an innovative line on which Huawei has also shown it can keep up. In photographic terms, the evolution is clear, objective and measurable: the highest score ever achieved by the HUAWEI P60 Pro in the DXOMARK chart.
Closer and closer
There is one aspect that still penalizes mobile photography compared to the traditional one, a gap that at the moment has never been completely filled due to a precise physical limit: it is the proximity between the shooting eye and the object of the snap. In fact, when the physical distance is minimal, it is not difficult to juggle to obtain well-made macros or portraits even with mid-range devices. When, on the other hand, the distance increases, the limits emerge in an overwhelming way, transforming the shades into pixelated profiles and the profile lines into an indefinite blur.
The Huawei P60 Pro takes an important step forward on this front, taking a new step: the zoom maintains image fidelity and the captured light is able to fix the pixels in a few moments with much better shot quality even in the presence of movement. The work carried out on the photographic module therefore offers this fundamental opportunity: it brings the subject closer to the object by a few meters, allowing quality shots even from a distance to be able to “steal” a moment, to “capture” an emotion, to better focus the meaning of a shot, or to look for the infinitely small without having to disturb it.
This is the result of an important overall work on the photographic module, with improvements made on the lens aperture, on the mechanical structure at the service of super-macro, on the sensor and on the processing capacity of the individual pixels. In one word: XMAGE is all that makes the difference in this evolutionary work, becoming synonymous with quality and differentiation to elevate the P60 Pro to a new benchmark for mobile photography.
The machine body emerges massively from the body of the smartphone, appearing as the absolute protagonist that in no way should be hidden behind the fears of discomfort, the imbalance of a device placed on a desk or any other reluctance: everything that lies behind the logo XMAGE extension it must be exhibited, heralded, exalted. Because identity.
The infinitely small
The infinitely small is a wonderful world because it is unexplored. The human eye stops at the human dimension, putting into sharp focus everything that is within reach and up to a certain horizon. Thanks to a potential like that of the P60 Pro, both limits can be broken down: one can reach the horizon more easily, just as one can approach the infinitely small even where the eye can no longer focus. In this way, otherwise invisible details will emerge, taking the eye to a completely new and unknown world.
Whether you enter a flower or venture through the leaves of a tree, moving your fingertips away from the display to zoom in without loss of definition is truly an augmented reality experience, an emotion that ends with a “tap” who fixes the shot and brings his secrets out of that world. The difference is that “10x” in which details and color are imprinted alive in the image, thus managing to really bring the subject closer until it is captured on the sensor and imprisoned among the pixels.
But we wanted to go even smaller. Where details are invisible and where movement makes everything more complex. Would the lens have been able to capture the infinitely small? How far can the Macro vision of the P60 Pro “push”? When you can look into the eyes of a tiny ant intent on its adrenaline-pumping daily work, the feeling is decidedly positive. But we leave the judgment to you:
The difference, explains HUAWEI, is the ability to capture light: it facilitates daytime images and enables new limits in night-time images, capturing and highlighting details that competing first-class smartphones would not be able to capture. The result is more precise zooms, clearer night images, better contrasted sunsets: in short, greater potential across the board, taking advantage of an automatic aperture that seeks the best balance between brightness, shutter speeds and definition at all times to obtain the best of shoot in any situation. In night images, in particular, the P60 Pro knows how to stand out thanks to the Ultra Lightning Lens Group, the true secret ingredient of a camera body which, capturing more light, knows how to manage it in the best possible way, going beyond the obstacle precisely where the mission is makes it more complex.
Pearly and marble. From every point of view. In weight, because each of its weights is clearly felt in the hand 200 grams. In terms of sturdiness, a sensation that passes through both compactness and previous experience with the “P” line of the Chinese group. In the visual impact, with the incredible “livery”Rococo Pearl” which is definitely an interesting step for the design. The aesthetic impact of this coloring is beautiful, as it is well defined and completely original. The possible defect is on a perceptual level, since seeing a back that recalls marble risks pointing out even more more the not indifferent weight of the device: an accent that passes gradually through daily use, leaking more the pleasantness of the body than its size (161×74.5mm well tempered by perfect ergonomics). 8.3 mm thick overall, but unevenly distributed on the surface: the camera, in fact, comes out of the smartphone body with a double groove that makes the presence of the camera body on the rear body decidedly important.
On the opposite side here is instead a display from 6.67 inches of the OLED type with FHD+ resolution (2700×1220) which promises even better shock resistance than in the past and which projects extremely bright images with a chromatic depth of 1.07 billion colours. One is hidden under the body Snapdragon 8+ Octa-core and a 4815mAh battery. Inside the display (without any notch) emerges a 13MP f/2.4 ultra-wide-angle camera which can give great satisfaction on portraits – even with special filters for an additional touch of vanity.
The display has a touch sampling frequency of up to 300Hz and the multi-touch supports up to a maximum of 10 touch points: the sensation is that the display is extremely sensitive, thus making the feedback while typing truly instantaneous.
Thanks to the progress in the field of technological innovation, and in particular the incredible improvements made to the photographic sector, all Huawei users can take professional photos and, thanks to the development of new health parameter monitoring systems, everyone will be able to keep an eye on the own lifestyle. Huawei has been committed for years to simplifying the lives of its users with increasingly up-to-date and cutting-edge solutions, taking into consideration both the functional aspect through progress in product efficiency and the aesthetic aspect through design refinement and the search for refined materials that guarantee the best all-round user experience.
Arong Duan, Country Manager Huawei CBG
Something is missing? Yes the 5G. In terms of connectivity, Bluetooth 5.2 and NFC are guaranteed, as well as Wifi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax. It also supports the use of Nano Memory Cards up to 256GB.
Prices and models
Two colors available: the aforementioned “Rococo Pearl” and the more traditional “Black” version with anti-fingerprint texture. The extremely new versus the extremely classic: to each his own.
The debut of the HUAWEI P60 Pro is on the HUAWEI Store Italia at 1199 euros (8+256GB version), rising to 1399.90 for the version with the most available memory (12+512GB). For those who purchase it by June 5, there is a HUAWEI Watch GT3 smartwatch as a gift: further discounts are available on this page.