CES 2017: Hands-on with Huawei's $1500 Porsche Design Mate 9

Although Huawei debuted the Mate 9 for the US earlier in the week, we still couldn't forget about its more luxurious counterpart, the Porsche Design Mate 9. While it won't be making its way to the United States anytime soon, we still managed to get our hands on it at CES for a quick hands-on.

The Porsche Design Mate 9 feels as good as it looks and like most high-end devices, the body of the device is constructed from metal and feels sturdy in hand. The front is probably the most tantalizing part of the phone, as it offers a slightly curved QHD AMOLED display. The gentle slopes on the edges offer just enough visual eye candy to separate it from many of its competitors. If there is one thing to complain about in regards to the design, it would be the gaudy "Porsche Design" logo that is emblazoned on the top bezel above the display.

With the limited time on hand, the handset could only be tested so far, but from first impressions, the handset felt quite speedy. That comes as no surprise considering it is utilizing the latest Kirin 960 processor and has 6GB RAM.

For those looking to get their hands on the Porsche Design Mate 9, you'll most likely have to look at third-party sites if you do not live in the areas in which it was released. If the retail price of €1395 EUR (almost $1500 USD) is a bit much, you might want to consider checking out its more affordable counterpart, the Mate 9 Pro, which offers the same specifications and design but was released exclusively in China.

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