Huawei Mate 10 Pro vs. Mate 10 Porsche Design - what's different?

Huawei Mate 10 Pro vs. Mate 10 Porsche Design - what's different?
Since last week, two of Huawei's newest high-end smartphones - Mate 10 Pro and Mate 10 Porsche Design - are available to pre-order in the US. Both are offered unlocked, and will work on GSM/LTE carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T. While the Mate 10 Pro costs $799.99, the Mate 10 Porsche Design breaks the $1,000 barrier, as it's sold for $1,225 (thus being more expensive than Apple's iPhone X).

But what's so different about the Mate 10 Porsche Design that Huawei dares asking an extra $425 for it? Well, let's find out.

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Mate 10 Porsche Design are similar in many regards, including size, weight, and screen diagonal and resolution (6 inches, 1080 x 2160 pixels). The handsets are powered by the same processor (octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 970), have the same front and rear cameras, and similarly-sized 4000 mAh batteries. Furthermore, both phones offer 6 GB of RAM, and are dust- and water-resistant. The only internal difference between the two devices is related to storage space - the Mate 10 Pro has 128 GB, while the Mate 10 Porsche Design doubles that to 256 GB. 

A more obvious difference is related to the phones' appearance. The Mate 10 Pro is available in either Titanium Gray, or Midnight Blue, while the Mate 10 Porsche Design comes in a single, exclusive Diamond Black color, with a distinctive rear pattern and Porsche Design branding. Take a look at the three color variants below. 


Compared to the Mate 10 Pro, the Mate 10 Porsche Design has some extras in the box, including a soft black grain leather case, a car charger, and a Porsche Design VIP card. Moreover, while both smartphones run Android 8 Oreo with Huawei's EMUI, the interface of the Porsche Design handset is customized to reflect its branding.  

From a practical point of view, we'd say the Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design is not worth the extra $425, as the Mate 10 Pro offers the very same performance and specs (the halved internal memory doesn't matter that much, as 128 GB is aplenty anyway). Then again, the Porsche Design Mate 10 is made for people who can afford to buy expensive things without questioning their practicality.  

Huawei Mate 10 Pro vs Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design

Display

Display size

6.0 inches
6.0 inches

Resolution

1080 x 2160 pixels
1080 x 2160 pixels

Pixel density

402 ppi
402 ppi

Technology

OLED
OLED

Screen-to-body ratio

80.97 %
80.97 %

Colors

16 777 216
16 777 216

Camera

Rear

Yes
Yes

Main camera

12 megapixels
12 megapixels

Hardware Features

Optical image stabilization, Laser and Phase detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Optical image stabilization, Laser and Phase detection autofocus

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.6; Focal length: 27 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.9"; Pixel size: 1.25 μm
Aperture size: F1.6; Focal length: 27 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.9"; Pixel size: 1.25 μm

Second camera

20 megapixels
20 megapixels

Hardware Features

Black and White, Optical image stabilization, Laser and Phase detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor
Black and White, Optical image stabilization, Laser and Phase detection autofocus

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.6; Focal Length: 27 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.7"; Pixel size: 1 μm
Aperture size: F1.6; Focal Length: 27 mm

Flash

Dual LED
Dual LED

Software Features

Manual focus, RAW image capture, HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Smile detection, Burst mode, Night mode, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Shutter speed control, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Burst mode, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Shutter speed control, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD)
3840x2160 (4K UHD)

Features

Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Object tracking, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Video calling, Video sharing
Video calling, Video sharing

Front

8 megapixels
8 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
 

Design

Dimensions

6.07 x 2.93 x 0.31 inches (154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm)
6.07 x 2.93 x 0.31 inches (154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm)

Weight

6.28 oz (178 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
6.28 oz (178 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)

Materials

Back: Glass; Frame: Metal
Back: Glass; Frame: Metal

Resistance

Water, Dust
Water, Dust

IP certified

IP 67
IP 67

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)

Hardware & Performance

System chip

HiSilicon Kirin 970
HiSilicon Kirin 970

Processor

Octa-core, 2360 MHz, ARM Cortex-A73 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 10 nm
Octa-core, 2360 MHz, ARM Cortex-A73 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 10 nm

GPU

Mali-G72 MP12
Mali-G72 MP12

RAM

6 GB LPDDR4
6 GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

128 GB
256 GB

OS

Android (9.0 Pie, 8.0 Oreo), Huawei Emotion UI
Android (9.0 Pie, 8.0 Oreo), Huawei Emotion UI

Battery

Capacity

4000 mAh
4000 mAh

Cellular

LTE (FDD)

Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32

LTE (TDD)

Bands 39
Bands 39

UMTS

800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz

GSM

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

Data

LTE-A Pro Cat 18 (1200/150 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, HSUPA, UMTS
LTE-A Pro Cat 18 (1200/150 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA, UMTS

Connectivity

Mobile Payment

Huawei Pay
Huawei Pay

Multimedia

Screen mirroring

Wireless screen share
Wireless screen share

Shopping information

MSRP price

 
$ 1225

Related phones

Mate 10 Pro
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2360 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 4000 mAh
Mate 10 Porsche Design
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2360 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 4000 mAh

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8 Comments

1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

You pay for the porsche logo

2. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Vertical stripe on the back is ugly.

3. foreverNOOB

Posts: 143; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

And that UI different being something called "theme"... In my country Porsche version offered for 14xx$ but regular Pro version was just 750$

4. Bondurant

Posts: 773; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Porsche edition is ceramic as well. Regardless its the Porsche branding the money is for.

5. Sparkxster

Posts: 1155; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Porsche design is gorgeous!

6. mel0524

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

the only thing I complain now is that how come they go for single simcard slot ( for u.s.a version now ) not like the old huawei mate 9 is 4G LTE gsm ( dual simcard slot ) i like that dual sim for traveling outside u.s.a and you have the optiin of inserting roaming simcard from other country while your here in u.s :( I was aiming to owning mate 10 pro but now, I will pass because of this reason.

7. TechNeck

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

"the Mate 10 Pro has 128 GB, while the Mate 10 Pro doubles that to 256 GB" It should be "while the Mate 10 Porsche Design..."

8. Dankelly

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 11, 2018

The problem with Huawei isn't the phones The problem with Huawei isn't the phones, they are awesome, I loved my Mate 8 and still love my Mate 9 but the problem is service. I travel a lot for work and unlike Samsung and Apple who have service centers in all corners of the globe it is extremely hard to get service for Huawei in most places in the world and even in many States in the US. It is a sad disappointment for me because I actually really like the devices but I probably won't buy another because when things do go wrong there just isn't any service. I'm currently working in Hanoi and their is a service center here but they told me they won't service my Mate 9 because they don't sell that specific model in Vietnam. Super lame. The girl in the shop actually told me to fly to Taiwan to get service. That was her actual suggestion. Even after I offered to pay for the shipment of the needed parts and service from China to Vietnam, (literal neighbors), she still said she wouldn't help and I should fly to Taiwan or Hong Kong. For that cost I can just buy a new phone, likely not a Huawei, unfortunately. It is doubly unfortunate that Huawei can’t figure out the service side of things because they really do make great phones. My present struggles with Huawei service do bring back memories of poor service from Huawei not long after I bought my Mate 9. It was a little over a year ago and after buying the phone I wanted to switch all my household chargers over to USB 3 and get a nice case for my brand new thousand-dollar phone. The problem was and still is, because Huawei doesn’t have many of their own stores and in Taipei where I bought the phone they have exactly zero of their own stores. At the time of buying the phone Huawei didn’t even have an online store where you could buy accessories for the phone. You could buy the phone through one of their local partners but you couldn’t buy anything from them in a store or even online. I thought it was pretty weak because I have a couple of online stores myself and I know how easy they are to set up. So I was pretty disappointed that a billion dollar company couldn’t figure out how to create a couple of jobs at the same time as improving the customer experience surrounding their products. Here we are 14 months down the road and it seems the company still hasn’t figured out how to solve these really minor issues. At a time when they are spending millions of dollars on marketing trying to penetrate the US market it seems od to me to continue to neglect the other areas of customer experience that could help foster strong brand loyalty. I believe this service issue is a greater oversight than the company is capable of recognizing at present. The customers that will buy the high end versions of their phones are precisely the customers that will find themselves in need of service when away from their home country. People with higher salaries travel more and have a higher likelihood of have international jobs that

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