The Huawei Mate S is now official and with some nifty tech on board and a good looking design this Huawei may make you reconsider getting an Apple or Samsung smartphone. This is the new flagship from Huawei taking the place of the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 and in our Huawei Mate S review we check out what’s new.
Huawei Mate S design
The design of the Huawei Mate S feels more premium that its predecessor with a metal frame measuring just 7.2mm thick and a curved back for fitting nicely in the hand. The 5.5-inch touchscreen display is surrounded by a thin bezel and the phone weighs in at a lightweight 156g.
The Huawei Mate S will be released in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models.
Huawei Mate S Features
This latest offering from Huawei has a fingerprint scanner on the back which will unlock the phone when you place your finger over it. That’s not all it does though as Huawei as added more functionality including using it to snap a photo, silence an alarm, scroll through images and answer calls.
The screen resolution is the same offering as on the iPhone 6 Plus making this great for web browsing or watching video clips. The AMOLED technology on board makes the phone great for use in direct sunlight and other lighting conditions and the 128GB model will include Force Touch.
You may have heard of this technology before as it has been used on the Apple Watch and the latest iPhone models but Huawei have it in their Mate S too.
The different aspects of Force Touch include the ability to place your finger on an area of a photograph and the more you press down the closer the screen zooms in. When viewing images in the Gallery pressing on a thumbnail will bring a larger preview and a harder press will open up the image.
Android 5.1 is on board along with the Emotion UI which has seen some improvements on the previous version with a tidier settings menu and improvements to the notification panel.
The octacore processor and 3GB RAM ensure this phone delivers a smooth performance and the non-removable battery promises over a day of usage between charges.
Huawei Mate S Camera
The camera package on the Huawei Mate S includes a 13-megapixel lens on the back which is packed with lots of features to enhance captured images. The Pro Mode allows you to adjust various settings such as brightness, shutter speed and ISO and HDR, beauty mode and light painting are also included.
The front facing camera has a resolution of 5-megapixels and you can use the fingerprint sensor on the back to activate the shutter so you can get the perfect selfie.
The Huawei Mate S is packed with lots of great stuff and the 128GB version with Force Touch stacks up well even with the likes of the latest iPhone releases. The two lower memory variants will be released soon although there is no word on pricing or release date on the 128GB model although you would expect it to be a sight cheaper than the iPhone 6s.
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Written by: Carmel Brown