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The first 512GB Android smartphone is here, but the price is definitely not right

Published Mar 27th, 2018 10:02PM EDT
512GB Android Phone
Image: Huawei

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Huawei on Tuesday took the stage in Paris, France to unveil its new flagship series, the P20. We’re looking at two Android devices, including the P20 and P20 Series, that are available immediately in various international markets, although it’ll probably be a lot tougher to get one in the US.

However, Huawei also unveiled the first 512GB Android smartphone in the world, the Porsche Edition Huawei Mate RS, which is basically a P20 variation that’s incredibly expensive. RS stands for Racing Sports, Huawei said on stage, which explains the different commercial name of the product. However, this mobile luxury device is more than a P20 clone.

The Porsche Edition Huawei Mate RS offers essentially the same specs as the P20 Pro, although it features various improvements, including a Galaxy S9-like curved 6-inch OLED screen with 2880 x 1440 resolution, 256GB or 512GB of storage, as well as fast wireless charging. MicroSD storage expansion isn’t supported, however.

The phone has a slightly different design that sets it apart from the P20 series. In addition to the “edge” display, the Porsche Edition Huawei Mate RS has a Porsche Design logo on the bottom bezel and lacks a notch on the top. Instead, we’re getting a Galaxy S9-like overall appearance.

Image source: Huawei

The handset packs two fingerprint sensors, one built into the display, and a second one placed on the back in a central position, right under the triple-lens camera, which also gets a central position.

Finally, the Porsche Edition Huawei Mate RS is available in black or red, according to Huawei, and it’s set to launch on April 12th.

The 256GB version costs €1,695 ($2,102), while the 512GB model costs €2,095 ($2,598). As you can see, you’re not just paying for the incredible bump in storage. After all, Porsche Edition devices are luxury items that cost more than regular versions. And the Mate RS does get a few features that the P20 won’t have to offer.

In other words, most Android users will have to wait for someone else to make a 512GB Android phone they would actually want to buy.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.