Huawei will auction off one Porsche Design Mate 9 for Tour de Cure

Alex Kidman 8 February 2017

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Bid now to own a rather exclusive Huawei handset.

When we reviewed the Huawei Mate 9, we commented that one of the downsides was that there was no way to officially buy the even-more-powerful Porsche Design variant of the phone locally.

Huawei has no specific plans to bring the higher-end version of the handset to the Australian market, but it will be auctioning off just one of the handsets to a lucky (and presumably cashed-up) buyer this week.

The auction is in an effort to raise funds for Tour de Cure, with all proceeds going to charity. The auction will take place at World Square, Sydney on Friday 10 February at 12:30pm, NSW time, but you can also bid online at this link.

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At the time of writing the bidding stands at a flat $1,000, but we’d expect the phone to raise a fair bit more than that. The conversion value of the phone from its European price would suggest that it should retail somewhere around the $2,000 mark, more than double the local retail price of the regular Mate 9.

For your money you get all the goodness of the Mate 9 but with Porsche Design style as well as a 1440x2560 pixel screen, compared to the regular 1080p display on the standard Mate 9. The higher end model also ups the RAM to 6GB and throws an exceptional 256GB of onboard storage into the mix.

If all that is a little bit too rich for your blood, check out our review of the standard Huawei Mate 9, which is exceptional value for money in the premium phone space and a real watermark for what a premium 2017 smartphone should be.

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