Here's What You Need To Know About The New Porsche Design Huawei Smartphone
What do you get when a German luxury car manufacturer partners with a Chinese mobile phone maker?
At a recent Huawei event, product training manager Saiful Nizam Amri spoke about smartphones, sophistication and selfies. Delivering a Keynote-like presentation, he introduced a new high-performance, dual-lens and all-round sleek piece of tech. But in a world where decent smartphones are launched every other week, is such fanfare needed for a seemingly standard smartphone?
In recent years, Huawei has turned the idea of cheap China-made products on its head, bringing the Chinese technology company into the same category as that of its competitors. Through vigorous business remodelling to improve the quality of their products, China’s Huawei has emerged to become one of the world’s most recognisable brands. And Huawei's latest product offering isn't just any smartphone. For the first time ever, Huawei has partnered with Porsche Design to launch a smartphone within the super-premium product category retailing at a whopping S$2,399 in Singapore.
The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9 smartphone was designed to pave the way for Huawei to reach new audiences in a progressively more affluent and globalised setting. The limited-edition Porsche Design version features a smaller 5.5-inch screen, as compared to the regular Huawei Mate 9’s screen of 5.9 inches. Though that is a reduction in usable space, we prefer the Porsche Design's polished curved-glass and metal shell.
Inside, you’ll find an octa-core Kirin 960 system-on-a-chip, cited to be the fastest mobile processor currently in the market. The phone is shipped with Huawei’s EMUI 5.0 software running on Android 7, which allows customisable user experiences with the OS. If you’re used to the Apple OS, a simple switch in the settings allows for a more streamlined feel.
For those who use a single device for both work and play, the dual-SIM device allows for two Facebook and Whatsapp accounts to run concurrently. Busy business travellers who are afraid of running out of juice need not worry — the phone boasts “enough battery to fly around the world”. Huawei says its 4,000 mAh battery is good for up to two days of normal use.
Probably the best thing we got to test was the device’s second generation Leica dual-lens camera, featuring a 12-megapixel RGB sensor and a further 20-megapixel monochrome sensor, which takes excellent black and white photos. You may not want to shoot in colour ever again.
For all the luxuries it affords, the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9 is a costly piece of technology. Though if you can afford it, it is a solid device that might be just what you need.