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.  

Display

Size

6.0 inches
6.0 inches

Technology

OLED
OLED

Screen-to-body

80.97 %
80.97 %

Features

HDR video support, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
HDR video 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 6.4 oz (183 g)
6.28 oz (178.0 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (183 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

Related phones

Mate 10 Pro
Mate 10 Porsche Design

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