Huawei Mate S is official with pressure-sensitive screen and a stylish metal body

Huawei has something pretty exciting in store to fill the screen gap between its 5.2-inchers like the flagship P8 or the midrange Honor 7, and its huge 6"+ P8max. The newly-announced Mate S carries the torch from its Mate7 predecessor in terms of a high-end metal design, but it also can be considered a brand new handset category from Huawei, since it has a smaller, 5.5" screen, with the fresh Force Touch technology in select markets. The pressure-sensitive screen means that the panel distinguishes between a light tap or a harder press, and reacts accordingly.

The Mate S also sports a very good screen-to-body ratio, and a 2.5D AMOLED screen panel, waterfalling seamlessly to the sides, where the Mate S is just 2.6mm thin. The display is with a 1080p resolution, and the phablet is powered by Huawei's newest Kirin 935 chipset, coupled with 3 GB of RAM.

A 13 MP camera in the back with OIS and dual LED flash, an 8 MP selfie shooter with front LED flash, and a much improved fingerprint reader round up the pretty offering. The camera has a full manual mode with ISO adjustments, exposure compensation, exposure time, white balance and focusing, as well as things like grid adjustments, and flash-assisted focusing.

It's the little things that matter, too, as we get three built-in directional microphones to enable a clear recording with minimal background noise. There are also different recording regimes, such as interview mode (180° recording), meeting mode (all-direction recording), and a regular mode. There are also two stereo speakers at the bottom, though we have to hear them to believe the bi-directional sound, as the distance between the two seems pretty small.

The Mate S will be available in more than 30 countries starting September 15, including China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Spain, South Africa and UAE. It will be up on pre-order in Europe on starting Tuesday, with the 32GB version in titanium grey or mystique champagne at 649 euros, while the version with 64GB of ROM will come in "prestige" gold or coral pink, with a 699 euros tag. These are not even the prices for the 128 GB Force Touch version, which will be available in select markets at a later date. Any takers?



1. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Get wrecked, Apple. No more clamining yourselves revolutionary and innovative. Btw, I would prefer the Mate 7 more than this.

2. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Because? The Apple Watch was been out for some time with Force Touch and we'll have to see how good it works on the Mate S, probably s**t, just like their lagging phones.

9. kabiluddin

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Trust me, $hit is the correct word for describing Huawei phones, Their phones softwares are ultra $hitty. They tried to copy iOS but they make it worse.

37. Loveneesh

Posts: 437; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Trust me, you are much bigger $hit. And Your comment is much much bigger $hit than ever.

13. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Did you ever had a Huawei device? comment your apple devices. P8 is a great device for the price and is not lagging. Also i saw iPhone 6 to lagg and ringing strange like dying till reboot.

30. dimas

Posts: 3365; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Obviously, he didn't own a huawei flagship device before. Even huawei p8 lite is as smooth as butter even with mutiple apps open. I just can't use mine as a daily driver because of its small battery for my daily routine.

24. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Apple watch is a smartwatch, we are talking about first smartphone with force touch display.

16. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

the thing is i doubt they would've developed a Force Touch technology for a phone if there weren't rumours of Apple doing so, heck, they even copied the rumored rose gold color LMAO that's so pathetic

27. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Rose gold was first found on iphone 5s so if you think there were no phones before without it then I have bad news for you.

35. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You mean they copied the color that Apple copied from Samsung? Oh noes....

32. x88yunkw

Posts: 132; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Mate 7? you will get Zero update from Huawei. flagship phone but no sigle update. shame on huawei. from huawei mate 7 (Gold) user.

34. drifter77

Posts: 401; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

So other than software updates, any other problems with the Mate 7? Overheating / GPU performance / battery backup?

40. aymnga

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 19, 2012

there is no overheating issues and about gpu I dont play games.. Regarding the battery, I have 6 hours screen on time every day and reach bedtime with 20 percent

38. carlemillward unregistered

I heard that they were testing 5.1.1 and it should be rolling out in 2 months time.

3. pifon

Posts: 76; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

Only if the new nexus would be based on this. Its beautiful!

20. AZNHA unregistered

u r right dude the huawei nexus looks really .. weird

4. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

The display size is 5,5" not 5,7". Even the posted teasers say 401 ppi FullHD 5,5" display

18. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

they had to copy the 6 Plus down to the screen resolution too... #lame

23. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Just like 6 plus did to Note 2 and G3, lol.

25. Joulukas

Posts: 115; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

Copy screen resolution? What, are u on drugs mate?

36. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He's iRationalizing. He can't help it.

5. redmd

Posts: 1936; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Except for the 2.5D curved glass and screen size, I think it's Mate 7 all over again which is not a bad thing. But I think they could have done more after almost a year.

22. MSi_GS70 unregistered

What apple done after year ?

6. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

I just got turned on.

7. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

The back looks like a fusion of the Samsung Galaxy S6 (camera) & iPhone 6 (entire back)

8. redmd

Posts: 1936; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

The phone looks like htc M7.

10. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

I got excited for a sec... .then noticed the Kirin 935 chip. Why no 950?

15. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

not ready yet. Mate 8 will get it early next year. The Mate S is not the successor to the Mate 7. Just a new member to the "Mate" family.

11. RajRicardo

Posts: 495; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

I like the way they p!$$ on iphone. LOL

12. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

I hope the upcoming nexus from huawei will have an sd 820 and the force touch also

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