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

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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.

Display

Size

5.5 inches
5.7 inches
5.5 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
Super AMOLED
AMOLED

Screen-to-body

67.91 %
76.62 %
74.01 %

Peak brightness

500 cd/m2 (nit)
 
 

Features

Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Pressure-sensitive, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Apple A8
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420
HiSilicon Kirin 935

Processor

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
Octa-core, 2200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53e, 64-bit

GPU

PowerVR GX6450
Mali-T760 MP8
Mali-T628 MP4

RAM

1GB LPDDR3
4GB LPDDR4
3GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

128GB, not expandable
64GB, not expandable
128GB

OS

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

Battery

Capacity

2915 mAh
3000 mAh
2700 mAh

Stand-by time

16.0 days (384 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
 
 

Talk time (3G)

24.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
22.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 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
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

8 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, PDAF, BSI sensor)
16 MP (OIS, PDAF, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
13 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, Autofocus)

Specifications

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
Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"

Video recording

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)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Recording format

 
 
MPEG4, H.263, H.264, H.265

Features

OIS, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing
OIS, Continuous autofocus, Object tracking, EIS, Video calling
Video calling

Front

1.2 MP
5 MP
8 MP

Video capture

1280x720 (HD)
 
 

Design

Dimensions

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)
5.90 x 2.96 x 0.28 inches (149.8 x 75.3 x 7.2 mm)

Weight

6.07 oz (172.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
6.03 oz (171.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.50 oz (156.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)

Materials

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

Resistance

 
 
Splash

Biometrics

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

Features

 
Stylus, Touch sensitive control keys
 

Buyers information

Price

$ 949
 
 

Related phones

Mate S

PhoneArena Score:

6.5

User Score:

7.7
  • Display 5.5 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware HiSilicon Kirin 3GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2700 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop Huawei Emotion UI
iPhone 6 Plus

PhoneArena Score:

9.0

User Score:

9.1
  • Display 5.5 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A8 1GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2915 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x
Galaxy Note5
  • Display 5.7 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat Samsung TouchWiz UI

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