November 7, 2016
Confused between Huawei Porsche Design Mate 9 and Standard Mate 9? This may help
At a recent event in Munich, Huawei announced two new smartphones – The (Vanilla) Mate 9 and the Porsche Design Mate 9. The sleek limited-edition Porsche Design Mate 9 is packed with a plethora of performance and aesthetic variances that are hard to miss. Although there are several similarities between the two models, there are some interesting additional premium features in the Porsche Design model.
When it comes to a toss-up between the Huawei Porsche Design Mate 9 and the Mate 9, here’s everything you need to know:
The Porsche Design Mate 9 and standard Mate model differ largely in terms design. The former offers a more premium look and feel compared to the standard model, and is sleeker, slimmer, and weighs lesser. The Porsche Design model features the Porsche Design logo at the back, which serves as a marked distinction between the two Mate 9 devices.
Fingerprint sensor positioning
The Porsche Design has a front-mounted fingerprint sensor, and in the standard model it is rear-mounted.
The Porsche Design model measures 152 x 75 x 7.5 mm, with a weight of 169 grams. The standard Mate 9 measures 156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9 mm and weighs more at 190 grams.
Being a limited-edition model, the Porsche Design is available in just one colour – Graphite Black. The standard model offers more color options – Champagne Gold, Moonlight Silver, Mocha Brown, Space Gray, Ceramic White and Black.
Porsche Design Mate 9 – Smaller, sharper, curved
Standard Mate – Bigger, flat and lower resolution, 5.9-inch Full HD, Pixel density of 373ppi
Rear camera – Both have a 20 MP monochrome sensor with a 12 MP RGB sensor. These have an aperture of f/2.2, 4K video recording capability and optical image stabilisation. Both also have a 4-in-1 hybrid autofocus, combining contrast focus, laser focus, depth focus and phase detection focus.
Front camera – 8MP in both, with autofocus and an aperture of f/1.9.
Both offer the Leica partnership on the Huawei P9.
The Porsche Design model has a 5.5-inch screen with Quad HD resolution, resulting in sharper pixel density at 534ppi. This model has a curved display and is equipped with AMOLED technology, hence the colours are a lot more vibrant.
The standard model has 2.5 D glass, making the screen curve neatly into the frame.
Both phones have 16.7 million colours, however, the Porsche Design model offers 100% colour saturation as opposed to the standard model’s 97%.
The standard model comes with 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, along with microSD expansion support (through the secondary SIM slot). The Porsche Design Mate 9 offers 6 GB RAM and 256 GB storage, but no microSD support.
Both phones offer the Huawei Kirin 960 octa-core processor and Mali-G71 MP8 graphics. Also, both are dual-SIM, have a 4,000 mAh battery, and support quick charging technology, dubbed “SuperCharge” by Huawei. Both support USB Type-C.
Both phones run on Android Nougat with the brand’s Emotion interface placed on the top in EMUI 5.0. The software experience rendered by both is almost the same, however, the Porsche Design model’s overall performance is likely to be a tad superior thanks to the boosted RAM.
The Porsche Design Mate 9 is priced at € 1395 that’s roughly $ 1550, while Huawei Mate 9 standard model comes at half the price at € 699.
Although the Huawei Mate 9 is bigger and weightier than the Porsche Design model, the plus point is that it has a larger screen and more colour options. The Porsche Design model on the other hand has more RAM and storage, has a sharper display and of course is more premium. On the downside, it costs more and does not offer microSD support.
Starting next month, the limited-edition phone will be available in Porsche Design stores in select European cities (excluding UK). From January 2017, it will be on sale worldwide, in select Huawei retail stores in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, barring the US.