CNET First Look
Huawei's Mate 9 Porsche Design is easy on the eyes, rough on the walletIt sure does look familiar. The redesigned Mate 9 is a lot like Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 and exactly like Huawei's own Mate 9 Pro -- except for that branded Porsche skin, of course.
[MUSIC] If you're big into appearances, this phone might make you look twice and not just because of its striking resemblance to the late Note Seven, this is what Huawei's Mate 9 looks like with a Porsche makeover. Top of the line specs. And now with a sleek exterior to match. Inside you'll find the same powerful octa-core processor, 6 gigs of RAM, and a 4,000 milliamp hour battery. Running the latest flavor of Android. But on the outside, you'll notice some pretty obvious differences. For starters, its size. The Porsche edition has a 5.5 inch screen compared to the 5.9 inches on the original [UNKNOWN] with a bump up in resolution from 1080p to 1920. Like Samsung's Note 7, this version also curves on the sides, making it seem slimmer and more distinguished. Above the screen you'll notice the obvious branding. And below you now have a fingerprint scanner, which is switched from the back of the phone in this new Porsche edition. Perhaps to leave room for yet more Porsche branding in case there was ever a doubt which one you had. The flash and sensor have changed positions, but the duel camera is exactly the same. What you will have to sacrifice in this model Model is expandable storage which is shy it now comes with 256 gigabytes of on-board storage. And, of course, there's the price. Beauty does not come cheap. And this beast will set up back about $1500, that's more than half of what you pay for the most expensive Mate 9. Luckily, there is another way to get the premium design at a lower price tag. While we announce it's mate, 9 Pro, which is basically the same design as this one, but without the branding. It's still slightly more expensive than the original, but only about $100 more rather than. $800 more, so unless you have the matching car, you're probably better off spending on that one. [SOUND].