Huawei Mate 20 RS Porsche Design Complete Walkthrough: What a $2000 Phone Feels Like

Huawei simply launched a cacophony of telephones this week–four in overall, in truth. And since they have been sort sufficient to ship me to London for the release tournament and provides me a while with each and every, I figured I’d attempt to do a whole walkthrough for you guys. In this video, let’s take a look at the simply most costly telephone they launched: the Huawei Mate 20 RS Porsche Design.

If you aren’t acquainted, a whole walkthrough on my website online is the place I attempt to undergo each characteristic I will, check what I will, and so forth. so that you guys are extra ready will have to you be out there to move purchase one.

Now, in the event you watched my walkthrough at the Mate 20 Pro, there may be going to be a lot of similarities right here because it has the similar specifications for probably the most phase, however right here we pass.


With that stated, there’s a lot to move thru in this fancy telephone, so let’s get began with, probably a very powerful a part of this actual instrument–the design.

From the entrance, you’d have a laborious time distinguishing the Porsche Design from the common Mate 20 Pro. We have the similar 6.39″ curved OLED 19.5:9 3120×1440 HDR show with, sure, a notch (that you’ll a minimum of cover within the settings like you’ll at the Mate 20 Pro).

Moving to the again even though is the place it starts to range.

We have two colours for the Mate 20 RS: black and crimson (with crimson being unique to China most effective sadly purpose I feel it appears the most efficient). The colour is within the glass stripe down the center this is supposed to resemble Porsche racing stripes and in the hand made semi-aniline (which means it has a mild floor coating to stay it harder) leather-based. While that is a very fancy glance, it additionally does make maintaining the instrument a very distinctive, grippy revel in in a global of all glass telephones.

Another distinction behind the instrument is they’ve made the telephone a hair thicker as a way to take away the, albeit small, digicam hump and make all the again, flush.

Now, truthfully, that’s more or less the place the diversities within the instrument design finish. Porsche Design used to be most effective liable for the chassis adjustments and so but even so that again, it’s necessarily a Mate 20 Pro.

The most effective spec distinction now we have is the truth it most effective comes with 8GBs of RAM and a selection of 256 or 512GBs of garage (while the Mate 20 Pro has a selection fo 6 or 8GBs of RAM however most effective 128 or 256GBs of garage).

Packaging-wise even though, there are another variations that I feel are vital to notice are incorporated given the associated fee (which we’ll get to in a bit).

Inside, now we have no longer one, however two of the 40W speedy chargers. One with a UK outlet and one with a European one, as a result of, you understand, if in case you have the type of cash to spend in this telephone, you go back and forth a lot.

Then now we have a case manufactured from leather-based and plastic to check the leather-based at the instrument. When you place it at the instrument it acknowledges it and adjusts the at all times on show to slot in the plastic window.

We even have the similar headphones that the Mate 20 Pro comes with, some forms, and, in fact, a little card making sure you the telephone is a restricted design.

Now, for the ones no longer accustomed to my video on Mate 20 Pro even though, let’s undergo the remainder of the instrument.

On the left, now we have not anything.

On the suitable, now we have our other coloured energy button and our quantity buttons.

On the highest, now we have an IR blaster that can be utilized with the incorporated app to keep an eye on TV’s, air-con devices, and some other factor that has an IR receiver.

On the ground, now we have our USB-C port that can be utilized with Huawei’s Supercharge device that’ll get the instrument from 0-70% in 30 minutes.

In addition to that, now we have speedy 15W Qi charging now.

And, Huawei added a a laugh birthday party trick with their Qi charging skill identical to they did with the Mate 20 Pro, as neatly. You can now, put some other Qi charging-capable instrument at the again of your Mate 20 RS and it’ll fee that instrument. Can you believe topping up your folks iPhone XS together with your telephone?

And, you’ll have spotted, there doesn’t appear to be any audio system at the instrument. That’s as it makes use of the one within the earpiece and one within the USB-C port. Also, one thing else artful, there may be a twin SIM card slot that may use the SIM2 card slot for a new form of reminiscence card referred to as Nano-Memory it appears. It’s the similar dimension as a Nano SIM however there’s no phrase but at the pricing or availability of this reminiscence (if one of you guys is aware of, let everybody else know within the feedback under).

The instrument is IP68 water-proof (so all the way down to two meters for as much as 30 minutes).

It’s powered by way of the brand new Kirin 980 chipset that has a twin NPU for gadget finding out, an 8-core CPU that Huawei claims is 75% extra tough and 58% extra energy environment friendly, and a new GPU. And I feel it feels snappier than the Mate 10 Pro and even the P20, for that subject.

Above the display, now we have that notch which is similar to the iPhone’s notch. And there’s a reason why for that; it has very an identical sensors in it: an IR digicam, a dot projector, a 24MP digicam, flood, and so forth. So, in fact, we have three-D Face Unlock (as Huawei is looking it) which you’ll use to unencumber the telephone and even lock particular apps, and so forth. And it’s speedy, needless to say.


Besides that, now we have an in-screen fingerprint scanner for those who would reasonably no longer use the face unencumber. And, I’ve to mention, that is a lot quicker than the opposite ones I’ve ever used, fortunately, since the others have been kinda gradual. But it does require you to position your finger in a particular position that it’ll display with an icon however most effective after the display is grew to become on.

And in spite of everything, now we have 1.4Gbps LTE, WiFi 802.11ac that may supposedly hit 1.7Gbps due to new MIMO antennas in all probability, Bluetooth 5.0, and a huge 4200mah battery.


For tool, it’s working Android Pie with EMUI 9, Huawei’s customized consumer interface, working on most sensible. Since it’s very similar to some other model of Android and particularly some other EMUI instrument, I gained’t undergo each unmarried piece of the tool, however right here’s the tool Huawei and Porsche Design have put in and one of the vital larger tool adjustments.

Firstly, Porsche Design has added some issues which might be unique to the Porsche Design gadgets to higher fit the out of doors of the instrument. There are 5 in overall they usually vary from crimson to blue issues with quite a lot of icon packs additionally in crimson and blue however some with hints of gold, as neatly.

Firstly, you’ll make a choice from the normal Android tool buttons on the backside of the display, otherwise you use a gesture-based device. The gesture device means that you can swipe from the left or proper aspects of the display to return, up from the ground of the telephone to move house, up from the ground and grasp it to get to multitasking, and up from a nook to get to Google Assistant.

You can make a choice from no app drawer and your entire apps are on your own home display or, the extra conventional, dotted icon to get on your app drawer.

We have our same old shortcuts within the notification coloration that may be custom designed and swapped out for others.

And for incorporated apps, now we have:

  • App Gallery: Huawei’s app retailer.
  • Backup: App that allows you to backup your instrument to the inner garage or an exterior instrument.
  • Bloatware for
  • Huawei Health: Huawei’s personal well being monitoring app for steps, and so forth.
  • HiCare: Huawei’s customer support app for enhance.
  • Mirror: A peculiar app to permit you to use the instrument as a reflect (principally simply opens the front-facing digicam).
  • Music: Huawei’s track app to play again track in addition to purchase new songs.
  • Phone Clone: Let’s you reproduction your entire apps and information from or to every other instrument.
  • Phone Manager: Let’s you track and alter the efficiency, cupboard space, and battery utilization.
  • Recorder: Audio recording app.
  • SIM Toolkit: An app to regulate each and every of the twin SIMs.
  • Smart Remote: The app to make use of the IR blaster I discussed.
  • Themes: Place to obtain or purchase new issues/skins.
  • Tips: An app that will help you be told extra in regards to the instrument.
  • Torch: Tapping this button turns at the LED as a flashlight.
  • Microsoft Translator: A specialised model of the Microsoft Translator app this is optimized for the NPU within the Kirin chipset.
  • Wallet: Huawei’s personal model of Android Pay.


Now, at the again, now we have our new three-camera device tuned by way of Leica that fortunately has misplaced the monochrome sensor in alternate for three other focal lengths (which I feel is far more helpful).

We have our identical digicam from the Huawei P20 Pro with 40MPs and an f1.8 aperture with a same old focal duration that may pixel bin all the way down to 10MP to get large 2-micron sized pixels (for my video on why that digicam used to be the most efficient lowlight digicam out, head right here). Then now we have the similar telephoto from the P20 Pro which is a 3x optical zoom 8MP f2.4 lens this is optically stabilized fortunately as an alternative of the 2x zoom which I for my part like as it’s a bit extra flexible than the 2x and provides extra choices for framing pictures.

And in spite of everything, now we have the brand new vast perspective lens changing the monochrome from Huawei P20 Pro, this is a 20MP f2.2 an identical of the 16mm.

You can transfer between the cameras the usage of the similar button on the backside of the viewfinder to move from the 0.6x super-wide, to the traditional perspective, to the 3x optical telephoto, to the 5x tool zoom.

Here are some digicam samples from the Mate 20 Pro which has the similar an identical digicam (apply me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for extra pictures):

Now, within the digicam UI, now we have:

  • Huawei Lens: This shortcut to let you use their model of Google Lens that identifies pieces to seek for buying groceries, pictures, and so forth.
  • Flash: Flash choices.
  • Motion: Essentially Live Photo which takes a small clip ahead of and after a photograph is taken that may be performed again within the gallery.
  • Color: Select from Standard, Vivid, and Smooth coloring (which mimic Leica movie shares I’m informed).
  • Aperture: This permits you to mimic a quicker aperture with a blurred background. This is very similar to Portrait mode, however this may occasionally paintings on any object while Portrait is supposed for other folks. You too can make a choice between 1x, 2x, and 3x zoom.
  • Portrait: Does the similar blurred background trick as Aperture however will most effective paintings if it acknowledges a face and likewise provides, a beautification characteristic to clean pores and skin (which I at all times in finding terrifying). We even have three-D Lighting Effects that may upload stained glass reflections, shadows from blinds, and different tacky lights results.
  • Photo: The same old auto mode for taking pictures. You can shoot from 18.8:9 facet 6MP as much as 4:3 in 40MP, however you lose the pixel binning that creates the ones higher pixels I discussed, so I’d almost definitely persist with 4:3 10MP until you in point of fact simply want extra answer and are in a brilliant space.
  • Video: The same old auto mode for taking movies. You can shoot from 720P to 4K in 30fps.
  • Pro: A style that lets you keep an eye on quite a lot of digicam settings like ISO, Shutter Speed, and so forth.
  • Food: Basically united states of americathe saturation.
  • Night: One of my favourite options from the P20 Pro has made it’s strategy to the Mate 20 Pro, evening mode. This takes a lengthy publicity shot then makes use of some tool magic to overlay the other exposures over the picture to create a crisper higher uncovered general shot. Other gadgets can do one thing an identical, however that is the one one I’ve discovered that may do such a lengthy publicity and on account of its tool stabilization it may well negate your handshake which in most cases would lead to a picture with streaks in it (even from a a lot more dear digicam).
  • More: You can obtain different digicam modes from the extra button each time extra are to be had I believe.

Then within the digicam settings, now we have:

  • GPS Tag: Adds location metadata to the photograph for organizational causes.
  • Add Watermark: Adds “Huawei Mate 20 Pro Leica Triple Camera AI” to the ground left of each photograph you’re taking. Not positive why you’d need that however positive.
  • Master AI: The same old AI digicam helper we’re used to now that may acknowledge quite a lot of scenes and robotically adjusts the digicam settings for that scene. The new addition is that it may well now additionally alter to the other lenses according to what you’re taking pictures (i.e., switching robotically to the vast perspective lens when it thinks you’re taking a photograph of a panorama). I at all times flip this off on each telephone as I in finding it by no means does what I need and admittedly the addition of the switching lens “characteristic” is much more obnoxious for my part.
  • Assistive Grid: Turn on other grids that will help you line up pictures within the body (I at all times use the rule of thumb of thirds, for my part).
  • Mirror Reflection: Turns the digicam view round, so it extra resembles a reflect.
  • Mute: Turns off the digicam sounds (why you could ever need those on, I’m no longer positive).
  • Timer: Choose between 3, 5 and 10-sec timers.
  • Audio Control: Allows you to mention cheese to take a photograph or have it robotically take a photograph when the noise across the telephone will get to a positive decibel degree.
  • Capture Smiles: Have it robotically take a photograph each time it acknowledges a smile within the photograph.
  • 4D Predictive Focus: This is in truth a artful use of the AI at the instrument, I feel. It can acknowledge the topic (i.e., a individual, a canine, and so forth.) and robotically monitor that individual with the autofocus and appears to be lovely correct and speedy in my fast time with it.
  • Ultra Snapshot: You can make a choice whether or not you wish to have to robotically take a photograph while you double faucet the facility button, have it open the digicam (my most popular surroundings), or do not anything.

Oh, there’s one extra tiny element that’s other in regards to the Mate 20 RS over the Mate 20 Pro. The 8GB/256GB model is 1695 euros and the 8GB/512GB will set you again 2095 euros.

And sure, that is an insane value, however taking into consideration the Mate 10 RS that used to be launched remaining 12 months totally offered out, there may be clearly a marketplace for them. Even if I and I believe a lot of you don’t seem to be it. Regardless whether or not I’d spend that more or less cash to simply be extra distinctive, it indisputably feels sumptuous and entirely other than anything out at the moment and nonetheless has the entire loopy options the Mate 20 Pro simply delivered to the desk.

And there you pass, guys. As a lot as I may just squeeze into this video. I’ve to confess, it seems like Huawei simply listened to all folks say what issues we preferred in different telephones and simply threw all of them into this telephone. I’m no longer gonna lie, kinda excited to take a look at it out.

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