Honor is set to unveil its latest mid-range model in the form of the Honor 60, which is confirmed to launch in China in early December.
We collect all the latest news and rumors about features, pricing and release date so you know if you need to save money or not.
When is the Honor 60 coming out?
Honor has confirmed that the Honor 60, along with possibly Pro and SE versions, will debut at December 1, 2021… A number of commercials and teasers have been shown for the date, and Honor is holding an event on the aforementioned date where we expect the phones to be unveiled.
This is a launch event in China, and when the models become available in different territories is another matter. It may well be months before the phone launches in India and Europe, while a North American launch is likely to never happen, especially given that the country may be considering a brand ban as it did with the previous parent company Huawei.
For example, the Honor 50 was unveiled in June 2021, but only appeared in Europe in November for our review, and the Honor Magic 3 was unveiled in August, but we’re still waiting for its promised global release.
Add to that the current supply chain disruptions due to Covid and problems also caused by worldwide processor shortages, and it’s not clear which release cycle we can reliably predict.
China should be able to use the Honor 60 until Christmas – pre-order pages for the 60 and 60 Pro are already available on JD.com – but the rest of the world may have to wait until the new year.
How much will the Honor 60 cost?
We don’t have a confirmed price yet, although it will undoubtedly change at the December 1st event, so we need to look at previous models for a clue. Here’s how the latest models lined up in the UK and Europe:
- Honor 50 – £ 449 / € 529 (6/128 GB) or £ 529 / € 599 (8/256 GB)
- Honor 50 Lite – £ 249 / € 299 (6 / 128GB)
However, in fact, there was a slightly different lineup in China. Here’s how the models for the Chinese market were rated:
- Honor 50 – ¥ 2,699 (about £ 300 / $ 420)
- Honor 50 Pro – 3,699 yen (about £ 410 / $ 580)
- Honor 50 SE – ¥ 2,399 (about £ 265 / $ 375)
You will notice that there are no official prices in the US as Honor did not launch the Honor 50 there, presumably due to the country’s ongoing practice of banning Chinese tech manufacturers. As mentioned above, it’s unclear if the Honor 60 will make it to the US shores, but if Honor keeps its pricing structure the same as the standard model, it could look like this:
Honor 60 – £ 449 / € 529 / $ 529 (6/128 GB) or £ 529 / € 599 / $ 599 (8/256 GB)
The Pro model, if announced, will obviously be larger, maybe £ 150 / € 150 / $ 150 or so, while the SE model is rumored to be closer to the prices you see. on Honor 50 Lite.
This is just speculation at the moment, but we will soon find out the real price tags, at least for China.
What new features will we see in the Honor 60?
Thanks to the above listings on JD.com, we already know what the Honor 60 and 60 Pro will look like. You’ll see the Honor 60 at the top of this page, and it’s a remarkably similar 60 Pro:
Photos of the phones also emerged from the Honor store in China, showcasing a wide range of colors and a high-gloss glossy finish:
Several points should be noted. On the front, we see a curved display again, although the two phones are slightly different – it looks like the 60 Pro could actually be curved at the top and bottom edges as well as the sides, and it certainly has a smaller bezel.
Both have a center punch-hole selfie camera and the return of a dual ring rear camera design. There’s a shift here, though: while the Honor 50 series used four cameras, one in the top circle and three in the bottom, these two phones have three lenses, one in each large circle and a third smaller lens in between. …
This suggests that the secondary lens – presumably ultra wide angle like it was at 50 – will receive a major upgrade. The third lens is most likely a depth sensor or macro.
We know less about other intrinsic characteristics. GSMArena says the Pro model will ship with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor and a 4,500mAh battery.
However, there has been some controversy over charging speed. Another report from GizChina, which states that in a 3C certification document found online, devices most likely in the Honor 50 line support a maximum 66W wired fast charging. Other sources point to 60W charging, while others suggest the Pro model will hit 100W.
It is likely that the 60 Pro could be bumped into a flagship model, but with the Honor Magic 3 premium already in that position, we think the upper mid-range is a more reasonable place for Honor to push the Pro.
Aside from these speculations, things are surprisingly quiet in terms of rumors, which is impressive so close to the release date.
Since the Honor 50 already has decent specs for a mid-range phone, we don’t see any significant upgrades in the new version. Here is a 50 technical breakdown:
- 6.57 ” Curved OLED Full HD + (2340 x 1080) 120Hz
- Persistent display functionality
- In-display fingerprint sensor
- 108MP main camera with 0.7μm pixels, f / 1.9, 1 / 1.52 ” image sensor, EIS
- Ultra-wide camera 8 MP, f / 2.2, viewing angle 120 °
- 2MP macro camera, f / 2.4
- Depth sensor 2Mp
- Front camera with 32 MP hole punch, f / 2.2
- Two sim cards
- 4300mAh battery
- Wired charging up to 66W
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G Chipset
- 6/8 GB of RAM
- 128/256 GB memory
- Android 11 with Magic UI 4.2
- Wi-Fi 6
- Bluetooth 5.2
- 175 g
- 160 x 73.8 x 7.8mm
- Colors: Frosted Crystal, Emerald Green, Midnight Black, Code of Honor.
Luckily, we’ll find out soon. Until then, be sure to read the reviews of our best Honor phones and the best Chinese phones to see what other devices might fit the bill.