- Huawei’s Mate 60 Pro+ features 5-camera brilliance.
- The Kirin 9000S chipset’s specifications and performance.
- The return of the Pro+ variant with a unique design.
- Huawei’s challenges in keeping up with competitors in the tech industry.
Huawei is presently rumored to introduce a more upscale iteration to its latest flagship, the Mate 60 smartphone series. Known as the Pro Plus (or Pro+), it is anticipated to feature an even more prominent punch-hole design compared to the existing Pro variant.
Curiously, both models might be powered by the same enigmatic new processor. In this regard, a recent Weibo post has surfaced, purporting to delineate the purported specifications and performance metrics of the Kirin platform.
As of now, the Mate 60 and 60 Pro are the only two new additions to the Mate series available for pre-order exclusively through Huawei’s Chinese sales channels. Notably, there is no sign of the customary E or RS variants at this time.
Nevertheless, the company is reportedly planning to reintroduce the Pro+ variant, which made its debut in 2020, to augment this new lineup shortly.
The “60 Pro+” is anticipated to embrace the distinctive design language of the 60-series, albeit possibly featuring a novel “panda” finish and an even more extensive array of cameras compared to the Pro model.
The camera module on this device might incorporate up to 5 lenses within its Star Ring design, in addition to at least one more front-facing camera, complementing the Pro’s innovative triple punch-hole design with a top-tier quadruple alternative.
If the 60 Pro+ indeed launches in the near future, it is highly likely that Huawei will once again keep the details of its System on Chip (SoC) under wraps in its promotional materials. Nevertheless, a recent teardown of the Mate 60 Pro by WekiHome appears to confirm that this series is equipped with the latest HiSilicon chipset in several generations.
Reportedly referred to as the “Kirin 9000S,” this chipset is said to be manufactured on SMIC’s 7-nanometer (nm) N+2 node. According to the somewhat ambiguously named “Unreliable LAB” Weibo account, the Kirin 9000S follows a conventional 8-core architecture, adopting the now-standard 1+3+4 cluster configuration.
A thorough analysis using Geekbench 5 has purportedly revealed relatively modest peak clock speeds of 2.26GHz, 2.15GHz, and 1.53GHz, respectively, for the distinct core groups.
Nonetheless, Unreliable LAB highlights that the alleged 9000S includes 12 threads (“CPU 0-11”), with the 4 slower “small” cores operating as single-threaded units while the remaining faster cores each accommodate 2 threads.
Significantly, each thread is attributed with the capability to reach the maximum clock speed of its respective core. Nevertheless, it appears that Geekbench can only fully evaluate the performance of 7 of these threads.
Consequently, while Huawei may be returning to producing its flagship chips, it appears to lag behind its competitors such as Qualcomm and MediaTek by several generations in terms of technological advancements.