New Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS Has Two Fingerprint Readers

Huawei on Tuesday announced two of its latest Android flagship offerings in the form of the P20 and P20 Pro but also ended up unveiling a new addition to its Mate series in the form of the Porsche Design Mate RS, a handset that's effectively a hybrid between the P20 Pro and last year's Mate 10, yet one that comes with some unique features such as two fingerprint sensors, one of which is of the in-display variety. While it retains the unique triple-camera setup of the other new offering from the company (though it positions it differently), the Porsche Design Mate RS also ships with QHD+ screen that the P20 lineup lacks, with its physical footprint being between that of the P20 and P20 Pro. The phablet is 152.9 x 72.5 x in size and comes with a 6-inch 18:9 screen which doesn't have a notch, as well as a unique Red color option, albeit one that will be available exclusively in China. All other markets will only receive the Black variant of the device, Huawei confirmed.

The triple-camera setup of the P20 Pro is found centered on the rear plate of the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS, positioned immediately above its fingerprint sensor. The system entails an 8-megapixel telephoto lens, as well as a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and a 40-megapixel RGB one. 6GB of RAM is also part of the package, together with 256GB of internal flash memory, or twice as much as the P20 Pro. A 24-megapixel front-facing camera with AI-powered portrait mode is included as well, as is the Kirin 970, HiSilicon's most powerful mobile chip to date with a specialized neural processing unit dedicated to on-device AI computing. The octa-core silicon features two quad-core clusters, with the high-performance one being clocked at up to 2.36GHz. Given how the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS retains the 4,000mAh battery of the P20 Pro yet ships with a slightly smaller screen, it should offer better battery life, at least if you're using the device in FHD+ mode.

The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS is also said to be the world's first smartphone with a microcapsule PCM aerospace-grade cooling system meant to always keep the device at a temperature that's comfortable to hold. Huawei hasn't shared many details about the in-screen fingerprint reader of the phablet, having only said it starts scanning for fingertips the moment it detects a finger hovering over it and is supposedly quick to unlock the device. The rear-mounted fingerprint sensor can either be used for unlocking the handset as well or accessing a secure portion of the phone. The new mobile offering will be available for purchase in Europe this spring, priced at approximately €1,695, depending on the market and exact VAT rates, whereas a version with 512GB of storage space will set you back around €2,095, or the equivalent of $2,600. The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS series won't go on sale in the United States at any point in the future.


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