Huawei Mate S
Average of 16 scores (from 30 reviews)
Reviews for the Huawei Mate S
Mirror, mirror in my hand … The Mate S is definitely one of the most beautiful smartphones that are currently available on the market. Whether it is all only beautiful illusion or the new style-icon from China has more to offer can be discovered in our report.
I rather like the Huawei Mate S. I'm glad Huawei has reduced screen size here, as it makes it easier to hold and the all metal body really does look and feel like a premium handset.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/02/2016
Source: Stuff TV
The Huawei Mate S Premium is out to show off what the future of phones will be all about. Ok, and it was also a way to one-up Apple as the first pressure sensitive phone, even if we’re only getting to look at this tech six months later.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/20/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Phone Arena
At €649 in Europe and about the same in green through Amazon US, the Huawei Mate S is aimed at the premium market, and it definitely looks the part. Of course, that alone hardly exhausts the list of requirements you bring to the store when you're ready to part with that much cash. Unfortunately, it's impossible for us to recommend the Mate S, and that's actually kind of frustrating — it has the bearing of a competent top-shelfer, but falters in way too many categories to pull off the needed performance. Software, in particular, along with system performance, definitely leave more than a little to be desired, and areas such as the camera and battery life are only kind of close — but not all the way there. The display, too, could use some work, though at least you can tweak the white balance to better the image. So, just a pretty face? No, that's unfair. But perhaps Huawei made a mistake pricing this as steeply — it could have been a darn good product for a hundred less.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/15/2015
Rating: Total score: 65%
As we're coming to the conclusion, I'm left with mixed feelings in regards to the Mate S. In terms of design, this has been by far Huawei's best device to date. The vendor has managed to update or to improve in all aspects of phablet design: aesthetics, ergonomics and build quality. In terms of aesthetics, Huawei didn't veer off too much from their design language found in past devices.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/02/2015
Source: GSM Arena
If you are keen on specs and would like to squeeze every last drop of processing power out of your handset, the Huawei Mate S, like most of its siblings, shouldn't really be your first option. Its price tag might be justified to some extent, considering the premium materials and build, but it throws it amidst a less than favorable flagship crowd. The truth is you can pick up a more versatile device for the price, but you would have to look pretty hard to find one that is nearly as stylish.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/18/2015
Source: Expert Reviews
Ultimately, though, the Huawei Mate S just doesn't do quite enough to stand out from the rest of its £400 competition. It's beautifully made and has decent performance and battery life, but it's trumped in almost every way by the Samsung Galaxy S6, which now costs just £400 SIM-free or as little as £27.50-per-month on contract. Huawei's Emotion UI is another big turn off, as for me it just makes it very fussy to use on a daily basis. The Galaxy S6, on the other hand, is faster, has a longer-lasting battery, is just as well made and has an infinitely superior camera.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/16/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
Despite being significantly more affordable at £250 the Honor 7 doesn’t really miss out on a whole lot the Mate S brings to the table; with the same resolution screen and cameras, a metal build, fingerprint sensor, similar storage options and dual-SIM 4G. The Z5 meanwhile adds waterproofing and one of the best smartphone cameras in the business into the mix for a similar price tag.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/11/2015
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Tech Advisor
Based on our month with the Huawei Mate S, it’s a very promising phone. Its design is beautiful, it’s lightweight and it fits perfectly in our hands despite the 5.5in display. The custom Android UI takes some getting used to, but it offers something different to the standard Android experience with the inclusion of a timeline-based notification centre and knuckle touch control. The cameras are impressive, but they aren’t quite as high-end as Huawei has made them out to be. The only real let down is the graphical power, as benchmark results put the Mate S in line with smartphones around £200 cheaper, although we experienced no real lag in our use.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/23/2015
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 70% features: 70% workmanship: 80%
Source: Cool Smartphone
On the whole, I really like what Huawei have done with the Mate S. It is a beutifully made device, and it gives me hope as to how good the Nexus 6P will be when it drops into our laps. If you are looking for a high-end phone for a fairly reasonable price (£450 as this goes to print), then this is worth a look. It does however have some very stiff competition, with the main competitor coming from within in the form of the Honor 7. Yes, the Honor does have a smaller screen, but it has the same build quality, the same EMUI overlay and a higher megapixel camera unit. All this comes at a great price of £250.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/12/2015
Rating: Total score: 79% price: 71% performance: 64% features: 90% workmanship: 90%
Source: Trusted Reviews
This is a tricky one, because I’m not really sure who the Huawei Mate S is targeting and I don’t know if and when it will come to the UK. Yes, it looks really nice. It’s slim, light and powerful and has a big, accurate display. But it doesn't really do anything better than the competition. The implementation of Force Touch in the top-end version is pointless and it seems like it was only included to make a splash in the press and get a one-up on Apple. For me, it doesn’t work and it doesn’t need to be there until someone finds a good use for it.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/08/2015
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Android Authority
And there you have it – a quick comparison between the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Huawei Mate S. If you had to pick between the two, the decision might not just come down to specs but things like regional availability and local pricing will also be a factor. Ignoring price and availability then the Note 5 is the better of the two devices, however even though it is weaker in certain departments, the Mate S isn’t too far behind when it comes to the overall experience.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 09/28/2015
Source: Pocket Lint
But the Mate S finds itself in a slightly awkward place. It's undercut in price by the excellent OnePlus 2 and perhaps won't turn heads as readily as something like the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+. That said, it is substantially cheaper than the Samsung and the likes of the iPhone 6S Plus, which should make it attractive for those looking for a great handset in this sub-premium sector.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/23/2015
Ultimately, our initial fears that the Mate S was just a more expensive Honor 7 didn't quite come to pass, as it manages to squeeze a little more power out of the same processor while updating the OS and introducing a slick, slimline design. That said, the performance difference isn't that great, and Huawei's handset still can't keep pace with the latest offerings from Samsung and Apple.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/23/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Android Authority
So there you have it for this in-depth look at the Huawei Mate S! Overall, the Mate S is a really good phone, with its beautiful display, good battery life, and great camera. Performance is smooth and snappy for the most part, and while EMUI isn’t like stock Android, the slew of shortcuts and gestures available enable a good experience. And when you include what is probably the most useful fingerprint reader in a handset, it is an easy decision to give the Huawei Mate S our Editors’ Choice Award.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/22/2015
Source: Stuff TV
The Huawei Mate S oozes quality. The stuff is dripping out of the thing’s microUSB port like sap. In pure hardware terms this is one of the most finger-charmingly impressive metal phones to date. The Mate S is a slim phone where the slim factor isn’t meaningless too, letting you keep its body pristine with a case without it filling your pocket. And ‘naked’ it disappears into your jeans more than and 5.5in phone of old.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/18/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Pro
Aside from that, the Huawei Mate S looks like another solid smartphone offering from the Chinese smartphone giant. It’s good to look at, and is packed with all the features you could possibly want plus a few extras to boot. The decision not to include the force-touch screen on all models, though, is more than a little disappointing.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/09/2015
In a nutshell, the Huawei Mate S looks to be a serious player in the big-phone space, but all that power doesn’t come cheap, with prices ranging from €639 to €699 depending on the skew you’re after (and that doesn’t even include the 128GB model with force touch). The other cloud waiting to rain on this new phone’s parade is the recently revealed Honor 7, which we kept drawing comparisons against throughout our hands-on, and for good reason.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/02/2015
I rather like the Huawei Mate S. I'm glad Huawei has reduced screen size here, as it makes it easier to hold and the all metal body really does look and feel like a premium handset. The fingerprint scanner on the rear is impressive, the camera is stuffed full of features and it's coming in cheaper than the core flagships on the market.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/02/2015
The Huawei Mate S is a surprisingly solid smartphone with a strong feature set and attractive design making it an appealing proposition. If you can get past the questionable interface design there's a lot to love here. It may not be an iPhone or a Samsung, but it'll certainly turn a few heads down the pub.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/01/2015
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/30/2016
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/12/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% features: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90%
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/04/2015
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/18/2015
Rating: Total score: 86%
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/09/2015
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Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 93% features: 90% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 88%
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/22/2015
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/15/2015
Rating: Total score: 88% price: 58% performance: 97% features: 88% display: 89% mobility: 68%
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/11/2015
Rating: Total score: 95% performance: 95% display: 95% mobility: 90% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 100% emissions: 95%
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/07/2015
Rating: Total score: 90%
Model: The Huawei Mate S oozes class and quality with its premium build quality. Perfectly sculpted to fit in the palms of your hand, the smartphone comes with a solid chassis and a front surface that is fully covered with glass. Edges are beautifully bevelled using a diamond cut design and the Huawei Mate S comes in three colors to choose from; luxurious gold, mystic champagne and titanium gray. The 5.5 inch AMOLED screen features a pixel density of 401 ppi pixel density, comes with smart-pressure sensitivity and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
The Android Lollipop 5.1.1 device is equipped with a Kirin 935 chipset with an octa-core setup utilizing two quad-core processors working in tandem at 2.2 GHz and 1.5 GHz, respectively. Other complimenting hardware comes in the form of a Mai-T628 MP4 GPU, 3 GB RAM and a selection of internal storage options ranging from 32, 64 to 128 GB. On-board are a 13 megapixel, optically stabilized rear camera and a front-facing 8 megapixel shooter. Other features on the Huawei Mate S are Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, a FM radio and microUSB 2.0. Battery life is impressive with the non-removable cell rated at 2700mAh.
ARM Mali-T628 MP4: Integrated graphics card (for ARM based SoCs) for smartphones and tablets. Features 4 cores (MP4) and supports OpenGL ES 3.0
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
Kirin 935: ARM based octa core SoC (4x Cortex-A53e up to 2.2 GHz and 4x Cortex A53 up to 1.5 GHz). » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.
Huawei: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. is a Chinese company founded in 1987 with focus on telecommunications hardware and 170000 employees. In the first quarter of 2016, Huawei had a market share of 8.2% in the smartphone market, making it the third-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. Compared to the same quarter of 2015, Huawei increased its market share by more than 58%.
In 2014, Huawei created the sub brand Honor and offers certain smartphone series under this name. The name Huawei is usually not listed for these products.
There are a lot of reviews on Huawei phones with slightly above average ratings (as of 2016).
77.13%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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