Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design is beautiful, but inexplicably expensive

Nearly twice the price of the standard model

As expected the Huawei Mate 9 has launched in Germany – but it's come alongside a much better phone that's been created by Porsche.

Well, we say created, but it's essentially the same phone with slightly more RAM, a more refined finish and a higher-res and curved screen... for a lot more cash.

Let's start with the 'main' Huawei Mate 9: this is an all-metal phone with dual cameras, a 5.9-inch 1080p display, the latest Kirin 960 chip and 4GB of RAM.

It's got a massive 4000mAh battery, with Huawei's SuperCharge technology to help pump in more power swiftly when you're completely dead.

The new phone packs Huawei's new and upgraded Emotion UI (dubbed EMUI 5.0) which is designed to be more user-friendly and cleaner on the eye, with blue and white the dominant color scheme.

It's also built atop Android 7 Nougat, and Huawei's big play is promising that its automatic machine learning will keep your phone speeding along when it's getting older by clearing out all the digital detritus we generate when using our handsets.

The Mate 9 has the same Lecia-powered dual-camera setup as the Huawei P9, but now it's been upgraded to a 12MP RGB sensor alongside a 20MP monochrome one, for better pictures and improved zoom, according to Huawei.

The Mate 9 will retail for €699 (around £620, $775, AU $ 1,000) when it launches in markets like France, Germany, Spain and the United Arab Emirates, but no word on whether it's coming to the UK or the US at this time.

High price to pay

Let's get onto the Porsche-designed model though: it's a lot more money at €1,395 (around £1,240, $1,545, AU$ 2,015), but does offer more of an upgrade in terms of specs – it's really the phone we'd have loved to see at the Mate 9's current price point.

The RAM is upgraded from 4GB to 6GB, while the screen is subtly curved into the sides of the device and has been boosted to QHD resolution, rather than just 1080p.

The fingerprint scanner has been moved from the rear to the front, and the whole thing looks, well, decidedly Samsung in its design sensibilities.

It'll be coming in Graphite Black (so... black) and will be available from Porsche Design Stores in Europe from December, and around the world from January 2017; we're still waiting for a release date for the standard Mate 9.

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