The Huawei Mate S, the world’s first smartphone with brilliant technology. it is the fancy screen technology you find in the Apple Watch and the trackpad of the new MacBook and yes, Huawei has stuck it in a smartphone. The Huawei Mate S, the successor to the Huawei Ascend Mate 7, comes in three models; 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. It is only in that last model, the 128GB one, where you will find Force Touch.
Huawei made a song and dance about the stepped battery design it was applied for the Mate S, allowing it to fit in more capacity. That is smaller than the 3300mAh offering in the similarly sized OnePlus 2, even though it does match the LG G4. With a full HD display there’ll be less strain on the Mate S battery, and Huawei is promising more than a day of usage from a single charge.
Camera & Interface
The camera of Huawei Mate S 13MP rear camera and 8MP front snapper, on paper at least, falls firmly into the mid to upper tier of smartphone cameras. There is also the more familiar specialties including HDR, time-lapse, beauty mode and light painting, giving you a full range of shooting options.
Emotion UI (user interface) is surely amending, and Huawei has tidied up the Settings menu and notification panels over the past few iterations but for some it’ll still be a step too far. There is a themes generator allowing you to change the icons and color schemes, but none of them manage to reach the levels of clean, minimalist professionalism of stock Android.
The slightly curved rear means it sits nicely in the hand, and while it has the same screen size as the iPhone 6 Plus, Huawei has kept bezels to a minimum meaning it is shorter and narrower. The volume and power/lock keys are located on the right of the handset towards the top, and for me they were reasonably easy to hit. The Huawei Mate S builds on its harbinger when it comes to design, with a slender 7.2mm all-metal frame looking and feeling suitably premium.
Huawei has updated the software used here for the Mate S, with Fingerprint Sense 2.0 bringing greater sensitivity and increased recognition. That isn’t all the fingerprint scanner can do though. You can also use it to take a photo, scroll through images in the gallery, answer calls, pull down the notification panel and silence an alarm.
The early signs of positive for the Huawei Mate S and it is definitely a handset you should keep an eye on.