Huawei Mate S vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note5: specs comparison

The Huawei Mate S made quite the stir with its official appearance at IFA 2015: it's the first true flagship by Chinese company Huawei - so far, the company has always stayed competitive in terms of price, offering its devices at a slightly more affordable price than the rest, but with the Mate S it is stepping firmly in the territory of iPhones and Galaxies.

The Mate S features a 5.5-inch 1080p display and the most potent HiSilicon Kirin 935 system chip that uses 8 Cortex A53e cores clocked to as much as 2GHz, all of that spiced up with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

The big highlight here, however, seem to be the stylish aluminum construction, the instant unlocking functionality of the neatly positioned on the back fingerprint scanner that also doubles as an Android navigation key, and - last but not least - the Force Touch functionality that is a first on a smartphone.

With all this in mind, you might still wonder about a pretty basic question: how does the Mate S compare against the two big names in the phablet space - the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note5 - when it comes to specs? We answer that question in the table right below, read on.

Huawei Mate S vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5


Display size

5.5 inches
5.5 inches
5.7 inches


1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
1440 x 2560 pixels

Pixel density

401 ppi
401 ppi
518 ppi



Screen-to-body ratio

74.01 %
67.91 %
76.62 %

Peak brightness

500 cd/m2 (nit)



Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

13 megapixels
8 megapixels
16 megapixels

Hardware Features

Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Autofocus
Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)


Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.5 μm
Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 2560x1440 (QHD), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD), 640x480 (VGA)

Recording format

MPEG4, H.263, H.264, H.265


Video calling
Optical image stabilization, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing
Optical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Object tracking, Digital image stabilization, Video calling


8 megapixels
1.2 megapixels
5 megapixels

Video capture

1280x720 (HD)



5.90 x 2.96 x 0.28 inches (149.8 x 75.3 x 7.2 mm)
6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches (158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm)
6.03 x 3.00 x 0.30 inches (153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm)


5.50 oz (156 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
6.07 oz (172 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
6.03 oz (171 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)


Back: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum
Back: Glass; Frame: Metal




Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)


Stylus, Touch sensitive control keys

Hardware & Performance

System chip

HiSilicon Kirin 935
Apple A8
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420


Octa-core, 2200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53e, 64-bit
Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone ARMv8-A 2nd gen., 64-bit
Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm


Mali-T628 MP4
PowerVR GX6450
Mali-T760 MP8




Android (5.1 Lollipop), Huawei Emotion UI
iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x)
Android (7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop), Samsung TouchWiz UI



2700 mAh
2915 mAh
3000 mAh

Stand-by time

16.0 days (384 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)

Talk time (3G)

24.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)
22.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)

Internet use

3G: 12 hours; LTE: 12 hours; Wi-Fi: 12 hours

Music playback

80.00 hours
64.00 hours

Video playback

14.00 hours
15.00 hours

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 949



1. MSi_GS70 unregistered

It is useless to do spec comparsion .. START doing reliability ,stability , stamina comparsions.. Just ppl GET it for GOD sake . Increasing HW specs you won't get any better.. you just cause overheating and battery drain. Huawei knows what they doing .. they don't stupidly increasing cpus or gpus .. I firstly looking at design.. am not bothered if phone has highest specs.. what for?

2. xgrgtr

Posts: 43; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Really?Take a look at the features of the HW. ''Huawei knows what they doing'' lol!!!

3. MSi_GS70 unregistered

Read article about overheating Z5 it is ALREADY epic fail ! But yeah main thing it has GREAT specs right ? U naive..

4. xgrgtr

Posts: 43; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

yes great specs and MUCH better than that HW.We are talking about iphone 6+ and note 5,check the reviews for the note 5.THE BEST.

5. MSi_GS70 unregistered

I would go for cheapest

6. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Stupidly increase CPU and GPU? How do you think Samsung achieved the highest rank in overall performance while still having a long-lasting battery in the Note 5, even though it's a smaller battery than the Note 4? Focusing on the SoC is important, not stupid. They purposely avoided the garbage 810 SoC and this worked out perfectly. The Note 5 is top dog in screen quality, battery life/performance ratio, processing power, and camera quality. Why have "highest specs"? So you have a smartphone that doesn't perform like a 2013 device.

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