Following the P20 and P20 Pro announcement, Huawei unveiled another more premium flagship, the Porsche Design Mate RS which is basically a P20 Pro on steroids and comes with two fingerprint sensors.
Wait a minute, two fingerprint sensors? The company seems to be bringing some extra firepower to the show and has already added a third camera on the P20 Pro. Huawei recently unveiled their new P20 and P20 Pro – P20 Pro being the more exciting one, comes with top of the line specifications – but, has an annoying notch on top.
For those who wanted the triple-cam goodness but turned their backs on the P20 Pro because of it’s notched display, the Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS is good news and actually the best smartphone made by the company so far.
Enough chit-chat, let’s take a look at what makes the Mate RS worth buying.
Design & Display
The specifications are pretty much the same as the P20 Pro, however, in the Mate RS’s design you get a 6-inch AMOLED display which looks quite similar to Samsung’s curved “infinity” panels. With a QHD resolution, the display has a usual 18:9 aspect ratio with no notch.
Since its designed by Porsche, the build quality is as premium as it gets – the frame is metal and is combined with a classy glass finish. At the rear, there’s a triple camera set up with a fingerprint sensor below it. Where’s the second fingerprint sensor? Just like Vivo’s prototype, it’s underneath the display and the Mate RS can be unlocked by touching the display.
A Samsung-like “air touch” feature is also available which wakes the phone when you hover your finger close to the screen. The two fingerprint sensors can also be used to switch between user profiles.
An IP-67 rating is also present, which translates to dust/water resistance for up to 1 meter for 30 minutes.
Hardware & Storage
There isn’t much to say about the hardware as it’s mostly similar to what P20 Pro comes with – latest Octa-core Kirin 970 with four cores 2.4 GHz and four at 1.8 GHz. Mate RS comes with 6 GB RAM, however, two internal storage options of either 256 GB or 512 GB are available. Unfortunately, the phone does not come with an SD card slot not that you would need one with such huge internal storage space.
A Mali-G72 MP12 runs the graphics department and the Mate RS has a hybrid dual SIM slot as standard.
Camera & Software
The camera is the main highlight – Huawei Mate RS is the second phone in the world to have three rear cameras (the first was P20 Pro) – a Leica set up consisting of a color 40 MP main sensor paired with an 8 MP telephoto lens. The third lens is a 20 MP monochrome unit for high-quality black and white shots, especially to improve low light photography.
The unique set up allows lossless 3x optical zoom and 5x hybrid zoom. There’s 4-way autofocus with PDAF, laser focus, contrast mapping, and depth detection. Ultra slow motion videos (720p at 960fps) are available as well. The front camera is the same 24 MP sensor which can record 1080p videos.
Out of the box, Huawei Mate RS comes with Android 8.1 Oreo with Huawei’s latest EMUI 8.1 on top.
In short, every good feature that came with the Huawei P20 Pro – the Mate RS definitely has it as well.
Battery, Price & Availability
Huawei Mate RS has the same large 4,000 mAh battery found on the P20 Pro. A fast charging feature called SuperCharge by Huawei is also supported and according to official figures, can juice up the Mate RS up to 58% in only 30 minutes via its Type-C connector.
Porsche design Smartphones have always been ultra-premium and ultra-pricey – the 256 GB variant costs €1,695 (~Rs. 240,000) and 512 GB will set you back by a stupendous €2,095 (~Rs. 300,000). It comes in two colors; Black and Red.
Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS Specifications
- CPU: 4×2.36 GHz A73+ 4×1.8 GHz A53 octa-core
- Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 970
- OS: Android 8.1 Oreo, with EMUI 8.1
- Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE Dual SIM
- Display: 6.0″, 18:9 aspect ratio, QHD (1440×2880 px) resolution, no notch
- ~83.5% screen-to-body ratio
- ~538 ppi density
- Dimensions: 152.9 x 72.5 x 8.5 mm
- Weight: 183 g
- IP67 certified – dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)
- Stereo speakers
- RAM: 6 GB
- Internal: 256 GB/512 GB
- Card slot: no
- Connectivity: USB Type-C, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi, GPS
- Fingerprint scanner
- Battery: 4,000 mAh; SuperCharge fast charging tech
- Price: €1,695 or ~Rs. 250,000 (256 GB)/ €2,095 or ~Rs 300,000 (512 GB)