Huawei Mate S review
Touch made powerful
The Huawei Mate S is one of the first smartphones to employ 3D Touch, where the amount of finger pressure results in differing actions. Find out more in our Huawei Mate S review:
The 2.5D 5.5” display on the Huawei Mate S fills all of the front face and is slightly raised with contoured edges and a seamless border. The glass is Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which is extremely durable, and through this 1080 x 1920 pixels shine through.
The full metal body has a diamond cut bezel and elements such as the metallic screws and dual speaker grills, that are located at the bottom of the phone, add to the premium feel. At 7.2mm thick, the Huawei Mate S is one of the thinnest phones around and it weighs just 156g.
Inside there is a Kirin 935 octa-core 2.2GHz processor with 3GB RAM, and this offers all of the processing power needed to handle apps and games without even a hint of lag. The base model has a 32GB internal memory.
Overall the build quality is superb and this is without a doubt, one of the best looking smartphones on the market.
Phone Set Up
For most, the set up process will be a familiar one, as Google’s Android Lollipop OS brings with it Google Search, Gmail, Maps and YouTube. The Huawei Mate S isn’t simply a stock experience though, as Huawei’s user interface, EMUI 3.1, offers unique themes and many Huawei created apps.
When holding the Huawei Mate S, the index finger notices an indent on the back and this is the rather functional fingerprint sensor. Fingerprint 2.0 allows the index finger to control scrolling around pages and through notifications as well as answering calls or taking photos.
The display can also sense the difference between a finger and a knuckle. Knuckle 2.0 then allows you to draw the letter of app on the screen to open it, as well as being used to crop and edit images, or with a double tap you can make a screen capture.
The Smart-Pressure Sensitive Screen, which is only available on special versions, enables Force Touch actions. Here a light press can be used to zoom in on pictures or add a new layer of interaction when playing games. The screen can also be used to weigh everyday objects.
Other features of the Huawei Mate S include Smart Wireless Printing and Document Correction, where an off angle photo of a document can be corrected so that it looks as though the image was taken straight on. Multiple microphones have also been used for more clearly identifying individual voices and sounds, with advanced noise cancellation.
Camera & Video
The camera can be activated by tapping its icon or by drawing a C on the screen with your Knuckle. The 13MP camera is protected behind sapphire glass, which is scratch resistant.
The main camera captures clear images and has a dual tone flash, real-time filters and Professional Mode. Here individual elements such as the shutter speed, exposure and light saturation can be adjusted.
The secondary selfie camera has one of the highest resolutions around, at 8MP, and low light photography looks natural through the use of the built-in soft light.
The 2,700mAh battery will give most users a days use with a decent amount of web browsing etc. Quick Charge brings the phone back to charged very quickly and if you really get caught out then there is an Ultra power saving mode to stretch out the final reserves as long as possible.
Huawei Mate S verdict: This premium smartphone is an all-round good performer that will delight almost all users. The standard version is a cost effective buy, while the special version with the pressure sensing display is a good buy for those who want to go all out.
Written by: Michael Brown