Huawei dares to charge $1550 for the Mate 9

Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design is a beefed up version of Mate 9 that comes with a ludicrous price.

@LanaJelic
Published Thu, Nov 3 2016 1:15 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Today in Munich, Huawei unveiled its latest flagship - the Mate 9. You can read all about it here.

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Huawei also surprised everyone with a premium version of the phone - Porsche Design Mate 9. Basically, it's a beefed up version of Mate 9 that comes with a ludicrous price.

The Porsche Design Mate 9 comes with 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal memory (compared to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM on the Mate 9). The device has a 5.5-inch curved display with a 2K resolution screen (1440x2560 pixels). The camera and the battery are the same as the basic Mate 9 version - rear-dual camera 20MP (monochrome) + 12MP (color) and 8MP selfie camera, plus 4,000 mAh battery.

However, the Porsche Design Mate 9 comes in only one color, black.

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While the Mate 9 is supposed to come to the market by the end of the year, the Porsche Design Mate 9 is expected in January of next year.

Last but not least...the price. Around $1550, plus or minus a dollar or two. Yes, that's one thousand five hundred and fifty dollars. That's almost double as Google's Pixel XL, the 128GB version. True, the Pixel XL doesn't have curved screen and comes with a 4GB RAM, but is Porsche Design Mate 9 really worth almost twice as the Pixel XL? I think not... Sorry, Huawei.

The Porsche Design Mate 9 is a gorgeous phone, comes with amazing specs but I really see no point in spending $1550 on it. But the Xiaomi Mi MIX is arguably prettier and more innovative for about half the price.

Lana has a passion for technology and science. She spends her time looking for the latest and most interesting technology and science news. Her passion is in gadgets, wearables, and other cool and interesting applications of technology or science. She also spends her free time gaming in MMOs like World of Warcraft. She has prior experience covering technology for publications and breaking news. If she’s not doing either, you might just find her exploring the metaverse in VR. Lana wants to expand TweakTown’s coverage of mobile, wearables and gadgets while also bringing her experience with science and general tech to TweakTown. Her area of coverage is around science, technology, smartphones, wearables, and general neat gadgets. She hopes to one day be able to drive around in her self-driving car while she schedules an appointment for a SpaceX trip to the moon on her smartwatch.

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