The Huawei Mate 9 is official, and it’s impressive. It features a slick design made out of aerospace-grade aluminum and has the hardware to compete with anything on the market right now, including the Kirin 960 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a dual-camera setup.
But a major new launch wouldn’t really be exciting without some kind of limited edition version, so Huawei teamed up with Porsche to design a special Mate 9 with slightly improved hardware.
The Porsche design picks up a slick black aesthetic that looks like, well, a Porsche. The specs are actually a little different, though, which is different than what we normally see on limited run device versions.
The screen shrinks a bit and picks up a higher resolution, so instead of the 1080p 5.9-inch display of the Mate 9, you’ll get a 1440p 5.5-inch screen. It also has 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, plus USB 3.0 instead of 2.0. These changes also mean that the price is nearly double that of the regular Mate 9, for better or worse. It’s certainly a more premium phone, but when the device comes out to 1395 euros (or a little over $1500) that’s gonna be a tough sell no matter how good the device is.
Either way, it’s nice to see Huawei push some boundaries, even if it’s only in a limited edition, expensive version of their device.