Huawei's ultra expensive Mate 10 Porsche Design now on sale in China, more markets to follow


Looking to spend a hefty sum of money for a new smartphone? If that's the case, we have good news for you. Huawei's ultra expensive Mate 10 Porsche Design is close to its international release. 

Today, the special edition handset officially went on sale in China, carrying a startling ¥8,999 (about $1,358) price tag. For comparison, the 256GB version of Apple's new iPhone X costs $1,149, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30 respectively stand at about $950 and $840.

As you might know, Huawei devices are available for cheaper in China. The Mate 10 Porsche Design won't be officially sold in the US, but in Europe, it will command an MSRP of €1,395 ($1,650). 

What do you get for this modest price? Well, 256GB of internal storage (compared to the 128GB capacity of the Mate 10 Pro), a unique "diamond black" finish with a Porsche Design moniker, a redesigned reflective strap at the back, and some custom UI themes. Also included in the box are a nice folio case and a Porsche Design headset. 

Aside from that, the Mate 10 Porsche Design and Mate 10 Pro are identical in terms of hardware - both pack a 6-inch 1080p AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 18:9, the Kirin 970 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 20MP+12MP main dual-camera, 8MP selfie cam, 4,000mAh battery, and the EMUI 8.0 skin that is based on Android 8.0 Oreo.

While one can argue that there aren't enough meaningful changes to justify the mind-boggling price tag, it seems that there are quite a few people ready to match it. When Huawei announced the latest members of its Mate lineup back in October, it was mentioned that last year's Mate 9 Porsche Design was sold out. 

Here's the complete list of countries where the Mate 10 Porsche Design will be available: Bahrain, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, UAE. Shipping is expected to commence at the beginning of December.

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