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The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS is the world's first 512 GB handset

Porsche Design | Huawei Mate RS (Source: Huawei Global)
Porsche Design | Huawei Mate RS (Source: Huawei Global)
In addition to the same camera configuration used by the Huawei P20 Pro (40 MP RGB, 20 MP monochrome, and 8 MP telephoto), the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS features 256 GB or 512 GB internal storage, an in-display fingerprint reader, a curved 6-inch 2K touchscreen, and is the world's first microcapsule PCM-cooled handset. All these innovations also come with a price: more than US$2,000 for the 512 GB variant.

Earlier today, Huawei unveiled the long-awaited P20 lineup. However, the much-anticipated Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro were also accompanied by an intruder, namely the premium Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS phablet. More than just being a Huawei P20 Pro on steroids, the Mate RS is the first handset to ever hit the market with 512 GB internal storage and microcapsule PCM cooling.

The list of specs shared by the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS and the Huawei P20 Pro includes the HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor and 6 GB RAM, the triple camera setup on the back (40 MP RGB + 20 MP monochrome + 8 MP telephoto) and the generous 24 MP selfie camera, and the 4,000 mAh battery. On the other hand, only the Mate RS comes with a 6-inch curved 2K display that integrates a fingerprint reader, quick wireless charging (the first Huawei phone to employ this technology), 256 GB or 512 GB internal storage, as well as microcapsule PCM cooling — a technology used in the aerospace industry that Huawei is now bringing to the smartphone market for the first time. Sadly, there is no microSD slot or 3.5 mm audio jack.

The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS comes loaded with EMUI 8.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo and includes a wide range of AI-assisted capabilities, mainly in the camera department. For example, the Mate RS and the P20 series handsets come with 4D predictive focus and can identify over 500 photo scenarios in 19 categories.

This premium device comes in black and red, but the latter is only available in mainland China. The price depends on the area, but the 512 GB version costs almost 2,100 EUR in Europe, so other markets should expect similar prices as well. Those looking for a better deal could grab the 256 GB variant, which retails for 400 EUR less.

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Porsche Design | Huawei Mate RS in-screen fingerprint reader
Porsche Design | Huawei Mate RS in-screen fingerprint reader
Porsche Design | Huawei Mate RS in black
Porsche Design | Huawei Mate RS in black
Porsche Design | Huawei Mate RS in red
Porsche Design | Huawei Mate RS in red
Porsche Design | Huawei Mate RS in red (back view)
Porsche Design | Huawei Mate RS in red (back view)
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Codrut Nistor, 2018-03-27 (Update: 2018-03-27)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.