Huawei Mate S is official with pressure-sensitive screen and a stylish metal body
posted by Daniel P. / Sep 02, 2015, 8:02 AM
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 Vmall.eu 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?
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Get wrecked, Apple. No more clamining yourselves revolutionary and innovative. Btw, I would prefer the Mate 7 more than this.
posted on Sep 02, 2015, 8:11 AM 11
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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.
posted on Sep 02, 2015, 8:16 AM 9
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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.
posted on Sep 02, 2015, 9:26 AM 0
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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
posted on Sep 02, 2015, 8:38 AM 0
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Mate 7? you will get Zero update from Huawei. flagship phone but no sigle update. shame on huawei. from huawei mate 7 (Gold) user.
posted on Sep 02, 2015, 9:33 AM 2
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The display size is 5,5" not 5,7". Even the posted teasers say 401 ppi FullHD 5,5" display
posted on Sep 02, 2015, 8:21 AM 1
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they had to copy the 6 Plus down to the screen resolution too... #lame
posted on Sep 02, 2015, 8:39 AM 2
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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.
posted on Sep 02, 2015, 8:23 AM 1
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The back looks like a fusion of the Samsung Galaxy S6 (camera) & iPhone 6 (entire back)
posted on Sep 02, 2015, 8:24 AM 0
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I got excited for a sec... .then noticed the Kirin 935 chip. Why no 950?
posted on Sep 02, 2015, 8:29 AM 0
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