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

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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.  

Display
Size
6.0 inches
6.0 inches
Technology
OLED
OLED
Screen-to-body
80.97 %
80.97 %
Features
HDR support, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
HDR support, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Hardware
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
6GB LPDDR4
6GB LPDDR4
Internal storage
128GB, not expandable
256GB, not expandable
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
Charging
Fast charging
Fast charging
Camera
Rear
Dual camera
Dual camera
Main camera
12 MP (OIS, Laser and PDAF, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
12 MP (OIS, Laser and PDAF)
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 MP (Black and White, OIS, Laser and PDAF, CMOS image sensor)
20 MP (Black and White, OIS, Laser and PDAF)
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
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 MP
8 MP
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 (178.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
6.28 oz (178.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
Materials
Back: Glass; Frame: Metal
Back: Glass; Frame: Metal
Resistance
Water, Dust; IP67
Water, Dust; IP67
Biometrics
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Features
Notification light
 
Buyers information
Price
 
$ 1225

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro specs
  • Display 6.0 inches 2160 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware HiSilicon Kirin 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 4000 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie Huawei Emotion UI
Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design specs
  • Display 6.0 inches 2160 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware HiSilicon Kirin 6GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 4000 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie Huawei Emotion UI

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