In the past, Porsche Design Huawei smartphones are not too different from their “standard,” more practically-priced counterparts. Not the case with the new Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS: not only does it sport a sleeker, sharper display than the P20 or Mate 10 phones, the Mate RS also has a couple of features exclusive to it.
True to its name, the Mate RS is more similar to the Mate 10 Pro than the P20 phones. It has a 6-inch 18:9 2880 x 1440 OLED FullView Display, a Huawei Kirin 970 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM, 256GB or 512GB of internal storage – the latter is only available in China – a 4,000mAh battery, and an IP67 rating.
But in the camera department, the Mate RS has the same Leica triple-camera system found in the P20 Pro. It’s made up of a huge 40MP RGB sensor, a 20MP monochrome shooter, and an 8MP telephoto lens. This unique camera configuration allows the Mate RS to do 960fps super slow motion video at 720p, and shoot at up to ISO 102,400. The front-facing camera, on the other hand, is a 24MP snapper.
So in retrospect, the Mate RS is a sort of an amalgamation of the Mate 10 Pro and P20 Pro, but it has a couple of neat tricks up its sleeves. Most notably, it ships with an in-screen fingerprint sensor – a rare feature even for flagship smartphones. While it’s not quite as quick as the rear one (yes, the Mate RS has two fingerprint sensors), it’s still relatively quick. This is, after all, still a new tech.
Aside from that, the Mate RS is also Huawei’s first smartphone with quick wireless charging. Even the newly announced P20 and P20 Pro don’t support the feature.
While these two features don’t exactly set the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS apart from Huawei’s other existing smartphones, they certainly give more reasons to purchase the expensive device – it retails at 1,695 euro (about RM8,070) and 2,095 euro (approximately RM9,975) for the 256GB and 512GB models respectively.
Not many people will even consider getting this luxurious smartphone, but for those who are in the market for a super premium, high-end smartphone, the Mate RS is certainly a great option. If you’re interested to get your hands on it, the Mate RS will be arriving in Malaysia sometime in May 2018.