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Huawei silent on secretive 5G Mate 60 Pro phone at product launch

by Maine Bacos

During a recent high-profile launch event, Chinese telecommunications and smartphone giant Huawei surprised many by not revealing any details about its new phone or reported advanced chip breakthrough. Instead, the company focused on teasing two new electric cars, a sedan and a high-end SUV, and launching new wireless earbuds, among other products.

The absence of information about the new phone left many online viewers disappointed, as they were eagerly anticipating updates and details. However, Huawei’s event showcased its diversification into other product categories, such as electric vehicles and audio accessories.

One of the highlights of the event was the launch of Huawei’s wireless earbuds, priced at around 1,499 yuan ($205). These earbuds include Huawei’s Kirin A2 chip, demonstrating the company’s commitment to integrating its own technology into its products.

Despite the disappointment regarding the lack of smartphone news, Huawei’s event was still filled with glitz and fanfare. The launch included an orchestral and choral performance of a song titled “My Dream” in Chinese, as well as a speech by Hong Kong celebrity Andy Lau about Huawei’s luxury watch design.

Huawei did release some other products during the event, including a new version of its smartwatch and a tablet that claims to be lighter and thinner than the iPad. The company also showcased a stylus that connects with the tablet using Huawei’s bluetooth-like NearLink technology.

The absence of details about Huawei’s new phone comes at a time when rival Apple has just started delivering its latest iPhone 15 in China. Huawei’s previous release, the Mate 60 Pro, received positive reviews for its advanced semiconductor chip, which offered fast download speeds associated with 5G. This indicated that Huawei is still able to leverage high-tech processes despite U.S. restrictions.

Analysis by TechInsights found that the chip inside the Mate 60 Pro was manufactured by China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation using an advanced 7 nanometer process. Previously, this process required an EUV lithography machine from Dutch company ASML, which has started restricting sales to China.

Huawei’s consumer business revenue has been significantly impacted by U.S. sanctions, which have cut off the company from critical smartphone technologies and Google software. The Trump administration restricted Huawei’s access to these technologies in 2019, citing national security concerns. Huawei denies any such risk and has expressed its intention to continue launching flagship consumer products on a “normal” schedule.

While Huawei’s latest launch event may have left some fans disappointed, the company’s focus on expanding into new product categories and showcasing its technological capabilities demonstrates its determination to overcome challenges and continue innovating in the market.

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