Huawei just wrapped up its Paris event and the final product announcement, the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS is the one you will most likely be talking about for weeks to come.
The Mate RS is a beautiful phone. There is no arguing about that. Huawei says its design is inspired by the Porsche 911 and that is evident from all the curves on its body. It has 8 curves in total like the Honor Magic but is much more better looking and easier to hold.
The display is full-screen but there is no notch and the bezels are small but not too small. The top is home to the earpiece, sensors, and front camera while the bottom has the Porsche Design branding.
Like the Huawei P20 Pro, it also has Leica branded triple rear cameras. However, they sit in the middle of the phone in a straight line with the LED flash and fingerprint scanner. Huawei’s logo sits at the bottom.
Huawei Mate RS Specs
The Mate RS has a 6” FullView OLED display with a 2880 x 1440 resolution. It has a high contrast ratio of 90000:1 and a 538 ppi.
Huawei’s Kirin 970 powers it and it is paired with 6GB of RAM and for the first time in a smartphone, 512GB of storage. There is also a 256GB version.
The rear cameras are a 40MP f/1.8 RGB sensor paired with a 20MP f/1.6 monochrome camera and an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens. There is PDAF, CAF, laser, and depth auto focus. It also has 5x hybrid zoom, AI image stabilization, and 960fps super slow motion recording at 720p.
The front camera is a 24MP f/2.0 fixed focus camera. There is also support for face unlock.
If you think 512GB of storage and triple rear cameras are the only tricks up the sleeves of the Mate RS, then you are mistaken. There is another fingerprint scanner underneath the display. Yes, so you can choose between using the front fingerprint sensor, face unlock, or the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS has an IP67 rating and support for wireless charging. It doesn’t have an audio jack but it has stereo speakers. There is a USB-C port with Display Port 1.2, Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX HD and HWA Audio, dual band WiFi, and dual SIM support.
The phone packs a massive 4000mAh battery and runs Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1. It weighs 183g and is 8.5mm at its thickest.
Price and Availability
The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS comes in black and red. Inside the box is a pair of USB-C earphones, a UK charger, an EU charger, two USB-C cables, a USB-C to 3.5mm audio adapter, a leather case, and a VIP card.
The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS doesn’t come cheap. Huawei has slapped a €2095 (~$2599) price on the 512GB variant while the 256GB variant is €1,695 (~$2,103). Itwill go on sale in April.