Huawei Mate 60 RS motherboard replacement can cost as much as new iPhone 15 Plus
The saga of super-expensive smartphone replacement parts continues with the release of the Huawei Mate 60 RS to the Chinese market. The device is the first of its line to launch without Porsche Design branding (it is technically called the Extraordinary Master Edition instead), yet still firmly asserts itself as a device made of top-end materials and components that might be tough to source without a warranty.
Its motherboard is the most costly of these parts, coming in at 6,499 to 6,999 yuan (~US$889-958) - about 54% of the cost of buying the device in the first place, and also enough to buy a whole 128GB iPhone 15 Plus in China's Apple Store.
The Mate X5 Collector's Edition might have the 60 RS beaten in this regard; nevertheless, both owe their potentially sky-high repair costs to rocking the first custom Kirin chipset for generations, not to mention having 512GB to 1TB of RAM.
That price-tag almost makes a Mate 60 RS replacement screen look reasonable at just 2,599 yuan (~US$356), while its ceramic/metal rear panel (available in the burgundy red once thought destined for the iPhone 15 Pro series) is 2,199 yuan (~US$300). It is just as well Huawei has thrown a custom case in with every purchase of the distinctive, expensive-looking device.