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Can The Huawei Mate 9 Outshine The $1500 Porsche Design Mate 9?

By Cameron , Dec 26, 2016 08:02 PM EST
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The Huawei Mate 9 and Huawei Porsche Design Mate 9 are two of the hottest phones of Huawei right now.

Though they are both great phones and shares almost similar specs and features, there is a quite obvious price gap between the two smartphones. The Huawei Mate 9 is retailed at a price tag of $767, while the Porsche Design Mate 9 costs around $1500. Now, let's begin the comparison.

Body

The Huawei Mate 9 features a soft aluminum case with a body dimension of 6.18 x 3.11 x 0.31 inches and weighs 190 grams. On the other hand, the Porsche Design Mate 9 also features an aluminum metal case, but features 5.98 x 2.95 x 0.30 inches for its body dimensions and weighs 169 grams. On both phones, users may find that on its right, the power and volume keys are located. On the left is a dual-SIM tray. And at the bottom, a USB port, speakers and headphone jack.

According to sources, though both phones are quite large, the body designs for both phones are perfect that users will find them easy on the hands. However, there is one issue. Aside from metal cases scratching so easy, the Porsche design's metal case tends to get a lot of fingerprints which can make it look untidy. Also, the Fingerprint Sensor on the Mate 9 has faster reaction time compared to the Porsche Design.

Display

The Mate 9 features a 5.9 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen (16M colors) with a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. On the other hand, the Porsche Design Mate 9 features a 5.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen (16M colors) with 1440 x 2560 pixels. Both smartphones offer bright and sharp displays, but the Porsche Design Mate 9 offers a little bit higher.

Battery Performance

Both smartphones house a non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery. However, because the Porsche Design has a much powerful screen, its battery life tends to suffer. As reported, in terms of gaming, the Mate 9 can last for 5 hours and 12 minutes. But for the Porsche Design Mate 9, it only lasts for 4 hours and 34 minutes.

Same goes for watching videos. The Mate 9 can last up to 14 hours and 12 minutes, while the Porsche Design falls after 10 hours and 36 minutes. As for web browsing, the Mate 9 lasts for 14 hours and 4 minutes, while the Porsche Design Mate 9 lasts for 11 hours and 28 minutes tops.

About its charging speed, both phones don't share the same speed. The Mate 9 can charge from zero percent to full within 89 minutes. On the other hand, the Porsche Design Mate 9 charges from zero percent to full within 111 minutes.

Platform

Both Huawei smartphones run on Android OS, v7.0 (Nougat) and are powered by Huawei's Hisilicon Kirin 960 chipset. Its CPU is Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) and GPU is Mali-G71 MP8. The only thing that they differ in is the internal storage. The Mate 9 features 64 GB with 4 GB of RAM, while the Porsche Design Mate 9 features 256 GB with 6 GB of RAM.

Both phones have great platform specs, but users can notice that when using both phones the Porsche Design Mate 9 offers a much smoother experience, especially in gaming.

Camera

Camera specs between the two smartphones are no different from each other. Both smartphones feature a Dual 20 MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, a 8 MP front camera with f/1.9 aperture, and both shoots at 2160p@30fps. As with camera performance, photos reveal crisp and full details.

The only obvious difference is in the low-light conditions. With the rear camera, its performance is above average, but struggles with movements. As for the front camera, its performance was lower than the rear camera.

The Verdict

The Porsche Design has its impressive strengths but I don't think it will outdo the Mate 9 pro.  After all, a thrilling battery performance matters and that's the main foundation of the latter.

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