Huawei announces special edition Porsche Design Mate RS

Because the only way to know how much people will pay for a smartphone is to keeping upping the price into the stratosphere, Huawei announced today a new set of phones co-designed with Porsche that will drive a gaping hole in your bank account.

In Australia the Company is also under a security cloud and is struggling to hold onto distribution contracts. Unlike the Huawei P20 devices, there is no notch on the Porsche Design Mate RS.

Huawei launched the P20 and the P20 Pro on Tuesday, priced at 649 euro (around Rs 52,250) and 899 euro (around Rs 72,400), respectively. It comes with 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, AI image stabilization (AIS), PDAF, CAF, Laser and Depth autofocus.

What you don't get is microSD however. The devices comes with a big 6.1-inch OLED screen with 1080×2240 pixels, a 2.36 GHz Kirin 970 octa-core chip, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and a massive 4000 mAh battery. All are left-aligned while only two are within the iPhone-like camera housing. The primary camera has an IR-RGB sensor, which is the same as the beefier P20 Pro. Like other Huawei phones, the monochrome lens should help users get better shots in low light. The P20 is equipped with 4GB of memory and 128GB of onboard storage, while the P20 Pro includes 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage.

All three models feature the company's Kirin 970 processor.

The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS is available for pre-order now.

The Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS with 256GB storage is priced at Euro 1695 (approx $2100 / Rs. 1,36,600), and the 512GB storage variant costs Euro 2095 (approx $2600 / Rs. 1,68,800). None of the phones feature a Micro SD slot though, so there's no option for external storage.

Thanks to the professional bokeh lens and natural defect correction algorithms, HUAWEI P20 Pro main dual lens lens gives users the ability to capture great-looking professional-quality portraits.

The latest P20 handsets "could demonstrate the fruits of Huawei's labor", wrote Sunnebo.

According to Huawei, this triple-camera system can shoot photos at ISO 102,400, allowing it to capture images even in extremely dark conditions.

There are two fingerprint scanners on the phone - One on the rear while one is an under screen fingerprint scanner on the front.

Nevertheless, the phone is available in a gorgeous purplish Twilight, your standard shiny Black and an impossible-to-lose Blue sheen.

On the Twilight colour variant of the phone, this glass cover has an attractive colour gradient that will likely inspire copycats. The Porsche Edition Huawei Mate RS colour options are more limited: black will be available in all markets while a limited edition red case will be sold in China. The OLED display on the front has no notch, but it is curved on both edges, similar to the Samsung devices.

Huawei's weakest European markets are Britain, with 5 per cent share and France, where it ships 6 per cent of the smartphones sold here, but it is seeking to build its presence. Both phones come with a 360-degree Face Unlock feature, said to unlock the smartphones in as little as 0.6 seconds. The display is said to have a peak brightness of 770 nits, which Huawei says is 23 percent brighter than iPhone X. The white elements are also said to provide better power consumption. Unlike the iPhone X, the feature is not secure enough to authorize payments. I've used the Mate 10 Pro as my daily driver for quite some time now, and I haven't faced any performance issue with it - I reckon the same will apply to these two phones.

  • Essie Rivera