I spend a lot of time telling disappointed tech PR people that Technopolis is not interested here in gold-plated, diamond-encrusted or designer variants of standard, albeit luxury, products. Why then, when Huawei’s new, £799 P20 Pro phone – with its three Leica cameras on the back, one a stonking 40-megapixel f1.8, plus an unrivalled 24-megapixel selfie-taker on the front – is one of the five best mobiles on the market, am I suggesting that you consider its twice-as-expensive brother, which has been breathed on by Porsche Design and been given the comical name of Mate Race Sport?
It’s because, along with all the prodigious attributes of the P20 Pro, the Mate RS has its own worthwhile twists – as well as looking and feeling seriously upmarket. Chief among the features exclusive to the Porsche are a 512GB storage option, which might sound de trop, but will prove genuinely useful if you shoot a lot of video. It also offers quick wireless charging and a unique in-screen fingerprint sensor to awaken the device by floating a finger just above the display.