Huawei Mate S Review


The Huawei Mate S presents a phone that bridges the human and digital experience. A human mate it is, as the model name suggests, the phone is radically designed for a an unimaginable touchy interaction and connection with the user. Huawei Mate S is the only smartphone that uses Force Touch Technology – touching in strange ways more than what we are used to. The device is able to detect how forceful or hard you are pressing the screen. Since Apple failed to embed this feature on the iPhone 6S, Huawei is more than happy to beat them in being the first to feature it.


The first noticable thing about the smarphone, is it’s good looks. Nobody would scream blashpheme if we go as far to say that the Huawei Mate S is as equal as iPhone 6 plus and Samsung Galaxy’s S6 in terms of appearance. If you have been disappointed with Huawei’s previous less exquisite looking material and exterior models, the Mate S is a breath of fresh air. The metal built makes the phone look like a walking jewellery with it’s shine and glimmer. The phone, launched in September 2015 is sleek and comes with a 5.5 inch AMOLED Full HD dsiplay touchscreen with resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels at 401 pixels per inch and weighing in at 155g, quite a bit ligther than the iPhone 6 plus which is 192g.


The phone is backed with a 13MP Optical Image Stabilization camera on the rear with a 4-color RGBW imaging sensor and the sapphire camera lens helps the camera to be scratch proof. The 8MP front camera in front allows natural yet artsy looking photos for better selfie fulfillment with pre-positioned soft light and a new skin beautifying algorithm. Avid night photographers will like the four built-in filters that include catching light trails in darkness, smooth effects of running streams of water, light graffiti from fast moving cars in the night and traces of stars in the galaxy in black skies.

The brain of the smartphone is an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 935 processor, with four Cortex-A53 processors running at 2.2GHz and another four at 1.5GHz supported with a Mali-T628 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The internal storage for this device is either 32GB or 64GB and can be expanded by an extra 128GB via microSD card.


Save time pressing 3 to 5 icons before getting your phone to do what you want it to do and move speedily like a ninja between apps even with wet fingers thanks to Huawei’s smart fingerprint sensor with 100 percent jump of recognition speed and 100 percent raised sensitivity. The fingerprint scanner is located on the back for easy control and is one of the fastest fingerprint readers out there with a rarity of failure in print reading error. Swipe movements are also supported with some touch and hold for taking photos, picking up calls and viewing the notification panel. The Mate S also gives your knuckles a chance to interact with the phone. The Knucke 2.0 allows you to change and crop images, record screen and bring applications to open with making traces on the screen with two knuckles.

The phone runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with the most recent version of Huawei’s Emotion UI on top (EMUI v3.1) and uses a 2700mAh non-removable battery unit which makes using the phone a joy when it lasts for at least 5 to 6 hours with screen on with video playing on the back, surfing the Internet, sending messages and taking pictures which is more than enough usage in a day.

For an intelligently designed phone with charming looks and a cutting edge technology on touch, the price for the phone is at a hefty 650Euros for 32GB and 700Euros for 64GB version with colors of grey,  gold, champaign and coral. However, the Force Touch version is only available in selected markets which Huawei has not disclosed for now.