iPhone X is no longer Australia’s most expensive smartphone
Move over, Apple, as Huawei's Porsche Design Mate 10 hits our shores at a wallet-busting $1899.
Apple raised more than a few eyebrows when it announced the pricing for its Apple iPhone X, simply because it charges an astonishing $1829 outright for the 256GB variant of its premium flagship device.
That was a new watermark for handset pricing in Australia, although it didn't seem to dampen consumer enthusiasm for the new device. Apple, it seems, had claimed the high ground... for all of a couple of days.
Huawei has confirmed that "limited quantities" of the Porsche Design Mate 10 will launch in Australia on 4 December for an even more wallet-wearying $1899.
That's an $800 premium over the regular outright price of the Optus-exclusive Mate 10 Pro, which is what the Porsche Design is built upon. That extra price buys you the Porsche Design's changes to the visual design (including "Porsche rate track stripes", apparently) and a diamond black finish where the Australian Mate 10 Pros will come in blue. You'll also get a custom Porsche Design UI, 6GB of RAM and 256GB onboard storage, and an exclusive leather case.
Exclusive? Without a doubt, because that's serious money and Huawei haven't stated exactly how many we'll see in Australia. The previous Porsche Design Mate 9 only landed here as a charity auction item and Huawei hasn't confirmed which retailers will stock the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 just yet.
Still, at $1899, even if you are keen, it's worth remembering that you could buy the regular Mate 10 Pro and have change left over for the still-impressive Huawei P10 quite easily as well.