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Porsche Design and Huawei wow with premium GT2 smartwatch and Mate 40 RS smartphone

Porsche Design and Huawei have collaborated on a sixth generation smartphone, the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 40 RS, as well as a premium second generation smartwatch, the Porsche Design Huawei Watch GT 2.

Porsche Design first partnered with Chinese super brand back in 2014, introducing their first premium smartphone collaboration in 2016. In case you’re wondering, the term RS stands in the world of Porsche motorsport for outstanding racing performance.

Jan Becker, CEO of Porsche Design, says the idea was to curate an unrivalled experience for consumers.

“To deliver our vision, we always work with the best possible partners to manufacture our products, using the most innovative and cutting edge technologies,” he says. “Back in 2014, we formed our partnership with Huawei, one of the world’s leading technology companies. Since then, our partnership has gone from strength to strength. Each new release allows us to fuse the two brand’s DNA in a new and creative ways and push the boundaries of design and technology, even further.”

Each new release allows us to fuse the two brand’s DNA in a new and creative ways and push the boundaries of design and technology…

The Porsche Design Mate 40 RS in ceramic black

The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 40 RS combines Studio F.A. Porsche aesthetics with Huawei’s Mate 40 Pro smartphone technology. The result is a feast of form and function.

Innovations include AI Smart Gesture Control and an advanced camera system co-engineered with Leica. Smartphone photographers can utilise an 8MP (240mm) f/4.4 10x Periscope telephoto; a 50MP (23mm) f/1.9 Super Sensing Wide lens; 12MP (70mm) 3x telephoto f/2.4; 20Mp (18mm) f/1.8 Ultra Wide Cine lens and ToF camera that offers depth sensing for enhanced portraits.  OiS is standard.

The case is IP68 water resistant. There’s even an infrared thermo-sensor on-board, which allows you to check the temperature from -20c to 100c.

“The mate 40 RS offers an outstanding experience of smart luxury,” adds Becker. “In line with Porsche design philosophy, our design team have created a dynamic and integrated design concept with numerous features that take aesthetic and functional considerations. The Porsche Design Mate 40 RS embodies the feeling of luxury. It truly is a mobile masterpiece.”

Innovations include AI Smart Gesture Control and an advanced camera system co-engineered with Leica…

The Porsche Design Mate 40 RS is available in ceramic white or black, using nano-ceramic technology, with either 256GB or 512GB internal storage to complement 12GB RAM. A premium leather case is an optional extra. The 512GB version retails for €2,295.

The stablemate Porsche Design Huawei Watch GT 2 smartwatch features a streamlined titanium body that similarly pays homage to supercar design. There’s a Porsche Design logo incorporated into the watch face, along with a quick fit titanium link strap, which can be easily disassembled or adjusted. The strap has been polished with a rigorous sandblasting process for a perfect matte finish, while the titanium buckle is accented with the Porsche Design icon.

Two branded digital crowns offer access to the various settings and configurations. Battery life is rated at an impressive two weeks between top-ups. 

Those motorsport-inspired racing lines displayed on the back of the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 40 RS are transferred from the Smartphone to the racing watch face. The smartwatch also offers a stopwatch face that allows users to start timing with a tap of the screen.

The GT2 is wellness ready, and supports data tracking for more than 100 workout modes, including indoor and outdoor sports such as golfing, skiing and mountain climbing. It’s 50m water-resistant too.

There’s also comprehensive health monitoring, covering heart rate, stress level, sleep quality and SpO2 level. The Porsche Design Huawei Watch GT 2 sells for £630.

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About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice, Ideal Home, The Luxe Review, Channel News and the i newspaper. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI, and contributor to industry trade magazine ERT. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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