Porsche Design Huawei Mate 30 RS is here with its leathery back and astronomical price tag

Porsche Design Huawei Mate 30 RS is here with its leathery back and astronomical price tag

As per usual for Huawei flagship announcement events, the regular duo is accompanied by a fancier version of them carrying the Porsche Design name. Today is no different, the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro are now official and so is the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 30 RS (quite the name). Obviously, this device is not meant for the mass market but instead for those that want a more luxurious smartphone experience.

The Mate 30 RS is based on the Mate 30 Pro with some cosmetic changes on the outside and some on the inside. The rear of the Mate 30 RS carries a familiar look. The camera assembly is part of a black stripe that's taking up the middle of the back and is quite similar to that of the Mate 20 RS. Again, on both sides of the stripe there's genuine red or black leather depending on the model. Of course, the inspiration for the design is coming from Porsche sports cars.

The unique look will definitely stand out among flagships today but probably won't fit every taste. On the front, we have Huawei's new Horizon OLED display that curves around the device almost vertically. Unfortunately, the top is still mostly taken up by the wide notch that houses the face unlock sensors and front-facing camera, as well as the new gesture sensor.

On the inside, the Mate 30 RS is almost identical to the Mate 30 Pro. It has the non-5G Kirin990 SoC but this time it's paired with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Nothing but the top specs for this baby, right?


When it comes to software, there's a small treat for Porsche Design fans in it as well. That comes in the form of custom icons and wallpapers to remind you that you're using something different from the crowd. Of course, the biggest caveat about the Mate 30 RS's software is that for the time being it doesn't come with Google's apps, including the Play store. This means you'll have to rely on Huawei's own ecosystem of apps for the functionality of the device. Needless to say, that's a major drawback.

What's more shocking about this smartphone, however, is its price. Huawei and Porsche Design are obviously adamant that very few people will buy this luxury product and have priced it at 2095 Euro. That's about $2320. For $300 less you can buy the Samsung Galaxy Fold, which will gather more looks if that's your goal when purchasing a smartphone.

As with all Huawei smartphones, the Mate 30 RS won't be making an official debut in the US, so you probably wouldn't have seen one in the wild anyway. This phone is a hard sell in the best of times, but currently, it's hard to imagine who will go for it. And yet, it's here.

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9 Comments

1. raky_b

Posts: 414; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It is Porsche Design...not mentioned to be sold to everyone. US won't be getting it, but in China there is more than enough people willing to spend money to showcase....and Apple will lose there.

6. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Did you really think half of the world care if you own a porsche designed expensive brick that don't use neither ios or android? It's like owning a funky pop and you're that lonely happy guy because everybody else know it's fugly.

9. emjoigently

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

Well, yeah. Some rich Chinese dude who owns a Porsche doesn't care what common folk think. This phone fits in with his image, and hey, he's rich. $2000 ain't a big deal.

11. moooxooom

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Why would $2000 be expensive? I'm lost. You must be poor to think that $2000 is expensive, or you're not in China. In China, there are easily millions of people for whom Porsche is just one of the many cars in the garage, $2000 is easily what the people spend on a single meal a day. I know for a fact many of them spend $10k a night clubbing everyday. Just so that you know the rich poor gap between China and wherever you're from: the rich there can spend $20k to buy 2 apple iwatch for his dog. Search for wang sicong and his dog. you'll see. Hard pill to swallow: You're not in China, you're from a poor country and even dogs there own more expensive toys than you. $2k is nothing.

2. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2248; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

For $1200 yes. At $2300 no way! Way overpriced. Besides a "phone", laptops, tablets, smartwatches they offer, how does Huawei build on customer retention? They have nothing of interest that is focused on software and subscription services. This is a big fail long term.

3. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 593; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Buy the Fold, help it reach good sales and push forward foldable screen technology so it gets better. But 2k for this hell nooooo.

8. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Huawei is delusional, even iphone 11 and s10e are better than this porsche rubbish brick.

7. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Samsung: Our expensive product have 5g capabilities, top of the line hardware and customizable software. Apple: Our expensive product have no 5g but have the best and very good hardware/software synchronization. Huawei: We are one f**ked up very proud company so we are selling you an expensive car logo with no 5g and crappy start-up software. Give money to chinese government because we are innovative. We also let our CEO speak without giving a f**k if you understand him or not.

10. jiangqiushi

Posts: 25; Member since: May 28, 2019

No worries, Porsche Design Huawei phone is the the last and only luxury smartphone in China before Mate X is launched, so it will sold out as usual.

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