BEIJING, Sept 8 (Reuters) – China’s Huawei Technologies Co on Friday began pre-sale of its Mate 60 Pro+ smartphone, adding a new version to a series that has captured global attention for revealing the Chinese technology company’s success in defying US sanctions.
With no prior announcements, as it did when launching the Mate 60 Pro smartphone last week, the company announced on its official online store that it will start taking orders for the phone from 10:08 am (0208 GMT) with delivery by October. 9.
The specifications provided by the company for the phone indicated its ability to connect up to two satellites simultaneously and a larger internal storage space compared to the Mate 60 Pro. Its price has not been released.
Speed tests shared by buyers on Chinese social media indicated that the Mate 60 Pro is capable of download speeds beyond those found in flagship 5G phones.
Detailed analysis firm TechInsights also found that the phone is powered by the new Kirin 9000s chipset manufactured in China by Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC) (0981.HK).
The discovery is seen as a major breakthrough for Huawei, whose access to basic chipmaking tools to produce more advanced phone models has been restricted since 2019 by the United States. This previously left the company only able to launch limited batches of 5G models using stock chips.
On Friday, the company also launched the Huawei Mate X5, a new version of its foldable phone series.
Report from Beijing newsroom; Edited by Edmund Claman and Stephen Coates
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