Niche cell phones have always occupied a special position in the market. At the time, to be «AGROFORUM» Nokia N-Gage was a distant dream for a teenager, every photographer wanted to get a «camera phone» Sony Ericsson K750, and every self-respecting fashionista dreamed of a «petal» Nokia 7610.
Alone in the class of niche phones have always been a premium segment: Vertu, Mobiado, Nokia 8800,- are in demand today.
But now the market dictates the rules, and virtually any smartphone average price category allows you to take good shots, play top games. Even the design of the bulk of the models are similar.
- The history of creation
- Packaging equipment
- Appearance and materials
- Filling and performance
- Screen and scanner
- Battery and connectors
- Camera and video
- Android on Board
- Price and where to buy
The history of creation
How, then, mobile phone manufacturers can differentiate their products among the General masses? One of the methods was a collaboration with various manufacturers and fashion houses. One example of this interaction was Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS.
The company Porsche Design was founded by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche in 1972. Being a designer in the company of his father, the Creator of the Porsche brand, he created memorable design of the Porsche 911.
Since then, charisma, dynamics, compactness and gloss become the main features of all collections of the designer. For years of existence of the company, the talent of the founder is spread on clothing, footwear, watches, fancy goods. Since the mid 2000-ies began a collaboration with manufacturers of cell phones.
Examples of this interaction can be called the BlackBerry, Mobiado, Nokia, and more recently Huawei. With Huawei have a history of PD began with models 9 Mate, then Mate in 10 and Mate RS. And flagship was the Mate 20 RS, presented in mid-autumn at the international exhibition, which will be discussed further.
The predecessor of this model is RS Mate based on Huawei P20 Pro. The phone turned out to be relatively successful, but with the controversial design and artifacts. The design of the predecessor is almost identical to the former flagship from Samsung — model S8, differs from the RS Mate just the lack of logos and inscriptions Porsche Design.
Now manufacturers have revised design, changed the basis and provided for more interesting camera. When you unpack the phone immediately traced luxury accessory apparatus.
Like the previous model, it is an expensive black box that contains the camera, case, two power adapter cords and USB — Type C, headphone, manual and a card of authenticity with the individual number of the device.
In connection with the change in shape of the device has changed and the case. But the form factor leather book with window for quick access to main functions on the screen left.
Of interest is the unit itself, which has undergone changes, both internally and externally.
Appearance and materials
Because the base unit is the flagship Huawei Mate 20, the forms and proportions are identical. From the front the differences are not noticeable until I turn on the screen. In contrast to the predecessor, the RS Mate, the new flagship Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS acquired the technological area of the screen, the so-called bangs.
But, but, lost a few vulgar inscription under the screen «Porsche Design». The font of the shell EMUI 9.0 also, as before, has a signature style, designed in the spirit of Porsche.
The main differences in the exterior of the phone from the previous flagship Porsche Design RS Mate, and younger brother Mate 20 Pro, located on the rear panel of the device. Finally manufacturers have realized what is the meaning of the word «luxury» and has made changes in ergonomics and a list of materials used.
Now, the rear panel of the device is made of genuine leather in black or red. Share this nice and expensive to the touch the skin glass strip, which is located on the unit cells and company logos, LEICA, Porsche Design, and Huawei.
The combination of leather and glass made in strict and laconic design, looks expensive and solid — like and should look like a luxury smartphone. The side of the mobile frames matte metal frame. The phone is very qualitatively and soundly, as befitting a designer things.
Filling and performance
Iron, in comparison with the precursor Mate RS became more powerful and more productive.
Top processor of its own production from Huawei — Kirin 980 with support for neural networks has 8 cores and is able to accelerate right up to 2.6 GHz, and coupled with the memory to 8Gb and videocopilot Mali-G76 MP10, allows you to enjoy the phone at its maximum load without any bugs and locked up.
Of course, hardly anyone will buy a phone for 2000 euros, but performance will be enough for several years to come for sure! Also long enough and internal memory, which volume reaches 256 or 512 Gb, depending on version. Screen Mate 20 RS, as and other hardware, is beyond praise.
Screen and scanner
Frameless, curved edges display with a diagonal of 6.39 inches with AMOLED matrix with a resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels, 538 ppi, protected by glass Gorilla Glass.
The image is vivid and rich, but because of the characteristics of human vision, the eye will no longer see pixels at a resolution of over 300 ppi, and there are more than 500! But in addition to the transmission function of the image display performs the function of unlocking the device, thanks to the integrated fingerprint sensor.
This sensor had its predecessor, but it’s worth noting that the RS Mate has a duplicate scanner on the rear of the unit, while the flagship model, the manufacturer has decided to abandon in favor of the design.
Since it came to access to the phone, add the phone the opportunity to unlock the photo, likeness FaceID Apple.
Battery and connectors
Surpassed the flagship predecessor, and by battery capacity — 4200 Mah 4000MAh against u Mate RS. Quick charge function the battery SuperCharge 40W and a Qi wireless charging 15W preserved
The same connector Type-C, as the bulk of smartphones in 2018. About a separate connector for the headphones already out of the question — the flagship device mainly produced without it. But it was possible to increase the degree of moisture protection up to IP68, whereas in April the flagship she was IP67.
Camera and video
The icing on the cake is the unit cells. Just to say: «the Main and front camera» language does not turn, because the main camera module consists of a Leica wide-angle shooting with a resolution of 40 Megapixels, with extra-wide 20 Megapixel, telephoto with 8 MP, OIS with laser autofocus, 3x optical zoom, LED flash.
Front camera also with the Leica module and a resolution of 24 MP.
All this allows to call the device a full-fledged cameraphone, and completes the picture processor with a neural network, and literally completes the picture — the processor itself is able to focus on objects, add colors and to improve the characteristics of a picture while shooting, not how it is implemented at Samsung — due to the brilliance of the screen.
Neural networks allow, among other things, to look for photos in the gallery available in the photo objects, whether it be snow or a cat.
Android on Board
Managed all this splendor operating system based on Android 9.0 and Pie shell EMUI 9.0, stylized Porsche. This combination is used is not the first smartphone from Huawei, and it proved itself with a good hand. No bugs, misclicks and other unpleasant things firmware provided.
Summing up, I want to say that collaboration is one of the best manufacturers of electronics and high-end design brand has turned out the most successful!
It is worth noting that Huawei uses in the manufacture of its devices to its own design and components how to spend huge amounts of money, but Porsche Design, in its almost half-century history, managed to earn the love of customers and respect from partner companies.
Well, like any other niche device, Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS is not a small price tag.
Price and where to buy
You can buy on Aliexpress only official representative of the manufacturer on this page, the store Huawei Online Store. The unofficial can be found except a counterfeit to those who want to stand out, but the money is not enough.
For the 256 Gb version at the start of sales is about 1700 euros, and for the maximum version with 512 Gb internal memory price is more than 2000! The price will gradually fall.
But for people who value status and a financial opportunity, the price tag is not so important, because in addition to beautiful and expensive wrappers, they will get a top-end smartphone that will not expire for several more years.