Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS review: The best on the market – Hardware reviews

Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS review: The best on the market - Hardware reviews

Huawei did not simply current the P20 Professional, P20 and P20 Lite this 12 months. The Chinese language producer additionally debuted one other smartphone with a a lot heftier price ticket. Why does the brand new Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS price a lot greater than different high-end smartphones? Along with its partnership with the Porsche Design studio, the Mate RS has a fingerprint scanner underneath the display screen! Is it definitely worth the cash? Discover out in our full evaluate.


  • Glorious design
  • High-quality end
  • Digicam
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
  • No notch


  • Worth
  • No headphone jack

A luxurious worth…

The collaboration between Huawei and Porsche Design has been happening for years, nevertheless it’s normally with the discharge of a Mate gadget that the 2 corporations publicly present the fruits of the connection. This 12 months, the Mate RS is the Porsche Design variant of the P20 Professional, moderately than a variant of a Mate gadget.

Because the identify suggests, the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS is a luxurious smartphone (Porsche is not precisely low-cost), and it is aesthetically pleasing with a terrific set of specs. As for what’s on the within, the Mate RS has nothing to envy from the competitors. It options the Kirin 970 processor, AI, a triple digicam, no notch, a Full-View show, Quick Cost, IP67 certification towards mud and water. In brief, it lacks nothing, however the lack of compromises comes at a worth. 

The 256 GB mannequin prices 1,550 EUR ($1,840 USD), whereas the 512 GB mannequin prices 2,095 EUR ($2,488 USD). Of the 2 colours, the pink model will probably be bought in China, whereas the black model will probably be bought in Europe. A US launch is unlikely since Huawei has run into many setbacks making an attempt to formally provide its gadgets in America recently. Australian Huawei followers can maintain onto hope although, because the Mate 10 Porsche Design was made accessible there.

It prices some huge cash, nevertheless it’s a luxurious smartphone, so what do you count on? It could not have the diamonds or crocodile leather-based of a Vertu gadget, however its technical specs are on the forefront.

The smartphone comes boxed with two chargers (one for Europe, one for the UK), two USB Sort-C cables, a pair of headphones and a leather-based case (which appears like plastic).

The Porsche Design Mate RS comes absolutely geared up with equipment. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

It is a factor of magnificence

The Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS has loads in widespread with the Huawei P20 Professional. The 2 share the identical processor, battery and digicam. Nonetheless, when it comes to appears, they’re very completely different.

The Mate RS stays true to the fashion of the opposite Porsche gadgets. On the entrance, the rounded edges and the curved 6-inch OLED display screen are harking back to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S8, or the S9. When it comes to supplies, the smartphone options glass prominently and the result’s a really elegant design.

With out its case, the Mate RS may be very slippery, similar to different smartphones made with the identical materials. Given the value of the gadget, you will wish to take care to not drop it. It turns into lined in fingerprints in a short time.

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The Mate RS has a premium end. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

The black evaluate unit we acquired had a really sober air about it, and it matches effectively with the overall design of the gadget. The way in which the glass matches along with the body is seamless, and although it is costly, the gadget appears to have earned its worth.

The Porsche Design Mate RS packs loads right into a small bundle (152.9 x 72.5 x eight.5 mm) with a weight of 183 g. Meaning it is easy to deal with and matches into your pocket simply. The whole lot you might want to make use of is definitely accessible.

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The smartphone may be very elegant. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

In contrast to the Huawei P20 Professional, the digicam is centered on the again of the gadget, simply above the fingerprint reader. Huawei additionally put a fingerprint reader in entrance, slightly below the show. Huawei is the second producer (after Vivo) to supply such a in-display fingerprint reader. We’ll return to this subject later within the evaluate, however for now, I am going to say it was very spectacular.

For many who aren’t bought on the know-how but, there’s nonetheless a standard fingerprint reader on the again, so customers are given a selection. Lastly, there’s additionally facial recognition for unlocking the gadget.

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Huawei additionally presents a regular fingerprint sensor on the again. © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

No notch and an ideal show!

In contrast to the P20 household, the Porsche Design Mate RS would not have a notch on its 6-inch OLED show. In an interview with Digitaltrends, Christian Schwamkrug, the top of design at Porsche Design, justified this selection. It was necessary to observe the philosophy of Ferdinand Porsche, co-founder of the model, particularly the well-known quote: “In case you analyze the perform of an object, its kind turns into apparent.”

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“After I noticed the notch for the primary time, I practically couldn’t consider it. It’s disturbing, from a design philosophy,” he defined. “An image is both rectangular or sq., with a border line, and a transparent body format. I like symmetry. I didn’t wish to have the notch, I believe it’s a compromise.”

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No notch, and that is a great factor! © AndroidPIT

Personally, I believe it is an excellent determination. All apps are appropriate with this 18.5:9 show format. For the remainder, we discover all of the constructive qualities of an OLED display screen with a outcome that is simply as glorious because the P20 Professional. The brightness is excellent, the blacks are deep and the 1440 x 2880 definition presents a pixel density of 538 pixels per inch, which is all good. The viewing angles are with out fault. Huawei did a terrific job once more on this smartphone.

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The notchless show is of a really top quality. / AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Within the settings, it’s doable to alter the colour of the display screen. By default, the Mate RS makes use of the ‘vivid’ colour profile. The All the time On mode may be very sensible in on a regular basis life. Nonetheless, not like on some Samsung telephone, it is just doable to show the date, time and remaining battery stage.

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The outcomes of our show check of the Porsche Mate RS. / © AndroidPIT

Unlocking your smartphone has by no means been simpler

The Porsche Design Mate RS provides customers a number of choices for unlocking the smartphone. You may discover a regular fingerprint scanner on the again, facial recognition and naturally the well-known in-display fingerprint scanner. The Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design is among the first gadgets to have this function. In keeping with evaluation by IHS Markit, in-display fingerprint readers will change into far more widespread in 2019 with at least 100 million smartphones produced with it.

All three strategies make it straightforward to unlock the telephone in numerous conditions. The fingerprint scanner on the again is simply as environment friendly as we’re used to seeing on different Huawei gadgets. Facial recognition works completely and shortly until you are at nighttime. The smartphone may even acknowledge your face with glasses on.

What in regards to the in-display fingerprint scanner?

Opposite to rumors, such a reader was not built-in on the brand new Huawei P20 Professional however as an alternative on the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS variant. The Chinese language producer has confirmed its willingness to innovate and its want to be among the many pioneers of the function. The corporate which made the fingerprint reader underneath the glass is unknown. There are two potentialities which come to thoughts: Qualcomm and Fingerprint Playing cards. 

How does it work? The reader detects the presence of a finger positioned within the right space of the display screen, which then lights up in blue. The reader then saves a picture of the print, which is then in contrast with the one saved within the gadget’s reminiscence. If it matches, the smartphone unlocks. If not, it vibrates and allows you to strive once more as much as 5 instances.

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Straightforward as cake! © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Probably the most attention-grabbing factor to notice is that recognition takes place comparatively shortly, making this methodology of unlocking simply as efficient as the traditional scanner or facial recognition. Admittedly, these two methods are nonetheless barely sooner on this mannequin, however the place and ease of entry of the in-display scanner make it extra helpful and nice. It is also assured to impress your folks.

For extra particulars, try my full article on the in-display fingerprint scanner.

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Unlocking has by no means been simpler. / © AndroidPIT

Android eight.1 Oreo and EMUI eight

Unsurprisingly, we discover Android eight.1 Oreo and the EMUI eight interface on the Porsche Design Mate RS, together with the safety patch for the month of April. There isn’t any notable change in comparison with the P20 Professional which shares the identical specs.

Aesthetically, which means we’re in acquainted territory. The context menus on the app icons can by discovered by urgent for three seconds. Twin apps are additionally a part of the social gathering. There’s additionally the chance to make use of an app drawer should you do not just like the default. The dimensions of the house display screen grid, the transitions, colour themes and completely displayed info may also be tweaked to your liking.

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Oreo is a part of the bundle. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

General, the interface is completely fluid and the smartphone helps multitasking with out flinching. There are not any slowdowns or freezing both. For a smartphone at this worth level, that is what we anticipated, and there weren’t any nasty surprises. One flaw, widespread to all Huawei smartphones, is Huawei’s software program suite which regularly overlaps with Android’s native options. 

A racehorse

Below the hood, the Porsche Design Mate RS has a Kirin 970 processor with 6 GB of RAM and 256 GB of inner storage (the reminiscence just isn’t expandable through microSD card). As with the P20 Professional, count on high-end efficiency. The smartphone is quick and doesn’t choke, even underneath stress when taking part in essentially the most demanding video games. Mixed with the EMUI interface, the efficiency was glorious and, at instances, superior to that of its competitors.

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It packs all of the tools you might need on the P20 Professional (LTE Cat.18, Gigabit WiFi, Bluetooth with aptX HD, Dolby Atmos, USB Sort-C…), and aside from a headphone jack. USB Sort-C headphones come packaged within the field to assist ease the ache. The smartphone is twin SIM appropriate.

The benchmark check outcomes beneath reveal the general energy of the gadget.

Processor and graphics efficiency outcomes

  Pixel 2XL Sony Xperia XZ2 Galaxy S9 (FullHD+) Galaxy S9+ (FullHD+)

Huawei Mate RS

3D Mark
Sling Shot ES three.1
3571 4437 3274 3304 2953
3D Mark
Sling Shot ES three.zero
4714 5043 3873 3966 3214
3D Mark
Ice Storm Limitless ES 2.zero
37844 48021 38488 38701 30587
Geekbench CPU
Single core
1867 2435 3645 3771 1911
Geekbench CPU
6291 7164 8820 8923 6747

An ideal companion for multimedia

Just like the P20 Professional, the Mate RS additionally presents stereo audio system in your audio pleasure. The speaker on the backside of the gadget brings the bass, and the one on the high gives treble. The amount is sufficiently loud, and Dolby Atmos know-how reproduces encompass sound. While you crank the amount up too excessive, there’s some distortion within the excessive finish.

Audio output is thru the USB Sort-C port since there is no headphone jack. You could arm your self with a wi-fi headset (the gadget is appropriate with the aptX, aptX HD and LDAC requirements) or use the offered headphones. 

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Stereo sound has to make up for the shortage of headphone jack. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Triple menace digicam

In partnership with Leica, the digicam of the Huawei Mate RS is identical as that of the P20 Professional. So, right here once more, there are three lenses, with a most decision of 40 megapixels and a most zoom of 5x. The digicam advantages from synthetic intelligence, and once more, we see the identical outcomes as with the P20 Professional. Even when the gadget is technically fairly difficult, it is extremely easy to make use of. In computerized mode, the standard of the pictures is spectacular, and the movies are good high quality too (although the S9 continues to be somewhat higher on this space).

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The Porsche Design Mate RS additionally advantages from the partnership with Leica for its digicam. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Even in low mild situations, the outcomes are nice. The main focus is quick and correct. Particulars are seen and the colour replica is nice. The competitors is not outshining it the least bit.

Check out our gallery of check pictures:

Applicable battery life

The gadget comes with a non-removable four,000 mAh battery. This may increasingly appear to be loads on paper, however it’s a must to take note of that the telephone has a big show and options that take up plenty of energy. In follow, the smartphone holds out for a day or extra, in considerably intensive situations (calls, texting, web looking, YouTube …). In comparison with the Huawei P20 Professional, the smartphone would not final as lengthy. How is that this doable on condition that the telephones have the identical specs? It may very well be as a result of software program optimizations, however the principle trigger might be the QHD definition of the Porsche Design Mate RS.

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The Porsche Design Mate RS is appropriate with wi-fi charging. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

The Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design helps quick charging, after all, and it takes an hour and a half for a full cost. The offered energy provide is 10 watts. Lastly, the smartphone is appropriate with wi-fi charging (not like the P20 Professional).

Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS technical specs

Dimensions: 152.9 x 72.5 x eight.5 mm
Weight: 183 g
Battery dimension: 4000 mAh
Display screen dimension: 6 in
Show know-how: AMOLED
Display screen: 2880 x 1440 pixels (537 ppi)
Entrance digicam: 24 megapixels
Rear digicam: 40 megapixels
Flashlight: Twin-LED
Android model: eight.1 – Oreo
Consumer interface: Emotion UI
Inner storage: 256 GB
512 GB
Detachable storage: Not accessible
Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 970
Variety of cores: eight
Max. clock pace: 2.four GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Twin-SIM , Bluetooth four.2

Ultimate verdict

Is the Porsche Design Mate RS the very best Android smartphone of the second? Sure, in my view. The smartphone has a beautiful design, high efficiency, a killer digicam and it presents an actual technological innovation with the fingerprint scanner underneath the show.

Is it definitely worth the worth? Alas, no…It is nearly twice the value of the Huawei P20 Professional, which it has loads in widespread with, technically talking. Despite the fact that the in-display fingerprint sensor brings a breath of contemporary air and really differentiates it from different high-end smartphones, the Porsche Design Mate RS hardly lives as much as its worth.

In brief, if the value would not matter to you and also you need the very best Android smartphone cash should buy, the Porsche Design Mate RS is certainly the smartphone for you. For others, I like to recommend testing the Huawei P20 Professional or Galaxy S9, or just ready for the Huawei Mate 20 Professional which ought to provide the identical principal attraction, an in-display fingerprint scanner.

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