Smartphone manufacturing results in some interesting company fusions. Apple's arch-rival Samsung supplies chips and displays for several iPhones, while Sony offers its camera parts to various OEMs. Now, it seems that LG has supplied OLED panels to Huawei for its Porsche Design Mate RS smartphone. LG has been well known for its OLED panels, but largely because of its televisions. LG OLED panels have had a history of issues. But it seems that the company has made some serious changes because Huawei chose their display for its super hefty smartphone.
One of the biggest highlights of the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS is its in-screen fingerprint sensor. While the technology is supplied by Synaptics, which also powers the sensor used in Vivo Apex, the display also needs to be specifically configured to support the sensor. There is a possibility that LG might emerge as a bigger player in display market for phones with in-display fingerprint sensor.
AS of now, LG is only supplying its display parts for the Porsche Design Mate RS. Since the device is so hefty, it won't sell huge numbers. This could be Huawei's strategy to use it as a testing ground for LG's OLED panels and can use it further for a higher production output if the company proves its mettle.
Under the hood
As for the specifications, the Huawei Mate RS smartphone is built with Porsche Design's signature aesthetics. The device packs a Leica triple lens camera that comprises of a 40MP RGP camera, a 20MP monochrome lens, and an 8MP sensor with a telephoto lens. For selfies, the device packs a 24MP front-facing snapper.
It sports a 6-inch OLED display with a curved screen. It comes with 6GB of RAM and 256GB/512GB internal storage. The device draws power from a 4000mAh battery. The 256GB variant is priced at €1,695 (approx $2,100), while the 512Gb variant will cost €2,095 (approx $2,600).
Huawei also launched the P20 and P20 Pro at the same event. Talking of the specifications, both the new flagships run EMUI 8.1 wrapped under Android 8.1 Oreo. They are powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC alongside a neural processing unit that provides an AI integration and offers 60 percent better response time.
The Huawei P20 Pro sports a 6.1-inch full-HD+ OLED FullView display with 1080x2240 pixel resolution. It is said to feature a 'natural tone display' that is said to offer comfortable viewing experience to the users.