Review Huawei Mate S. First Look

Review Huawei Mate S. First Look

The key difference between the new Mate S from the original model – a smaller screen size, and therefore more compact dimensions. At the same time in terms of design, materials used and the organization of management, the new smart phone is little different from the previous one.

Yes, slightly changed the location of the various minor elements on the body such as sensors, speaker grilles and other things, but in general, the new Mate S as two drops of water similar to the Mate 7. The body is made of metal, the surface of the screen is covered with protective glass Gorilla Glass. Special design frills here, the strict enclosure with a minimum of decorative elements. It is universal, in my opinion.

Use Mate S because of the smaller size is definitely more comfortable than the original machine, belonging to the category of “PHABLET” intermediate devices between smartphones and tablets.

The build quality is, again, personally I do not satisfactory, even if the test to assess his early samples. The body is solid, removable element is only one – mount for SIM-cards.

Review Huawei Mate S. First Look



Control keys in the onscreen new Mate S, their location can be changed, as in all other smartphones, it’s convenient. The fingerprint reader is located on the “back” device. In my opinion, this is not the best solution, which is necessary to get used to the scanner under the screen would have been more convenient, but Huawei is persistently promoting the idea of ​​a scanner on the back side of the case.

However, I am sure that sooner or later and Huawei will come to the correct location of that item.

Review Huawei Mate S. First Look

Compartment for SIM-cards in the smart phone requires the installation of two nanoSIM card or a SIM-card and memory card format microSD. Such a decision we see in devices Huawei, and even from other Chinese producers, not the first time.

Power key – on the right edge, the correct and convenient location for this button. Volume rocker and the right. Here, everything is standard.


The Mate S mounted 5.5 ” screen-based SuperAMOLED-matrix with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. Display, if we evaluate it on the eyes, good: the maximum viewing angles, a good stock of brightness, nice and quiet (which is not typical for AMOLED) color reproduction. In addition, the settings of the smartphone can always change some display settings.

The main controversy regarding Mate S unfold, of course, around the screen, or rather two of its characteristics: the resolution and type of matrix. First – enough for FHD apparatus with a diagonal 5.5 “and the resolution should be higher?My personal opinion is this: no matter. What 1920×1080, 2560×1440, or that are close to him permission to screen a small diagonal, I’m talking about five inches or even six or seven, look about the same. Yes, when considering the image as close as the difference will be visible, but how often do you approach the screen with a magnifying glass to see it?

Review Huawei Mate S. First Look

Second – why put AMOLED, when the company has experience in the use of high-quality IPS-matrix with the correct calibration? Here, everything is not so clear. I myself do not like the AMOLED-display, but it is silly not to recognize the fact that the development of technology AMOELD is much faster than the technology, IPS. Strictly speaking, the development of IPS in a sense, was at a standstill, while the AMOLED, having a number of advantages, still has shortcomings, and their elimination is a development of this type of matrix. In the eyes AMOLED in Mate S looks quite nice.


The main unit 13 MP and 8 MP front camera. Some advanced solutions like laser focus or new algorithms for cameras Huawei promises, just the usual for 2015 performance. Evaluate the main camera on the early samples, I will not just give as examples a few photos.

More talk about the camera in the review unit as usual.

Review Huawei Mate S. First Look

Platform and Memory

According to preliminary information, Mate S will be built on the latest platform of the company – Kirin 950. When you read this material, has to be precise information regarding the platform. The device 3 GB of RAM and 32 or 64 GB of internal memory with a card slot for microSD.

Talking about the performance of the device so far, but we can assume that the presence of a top platform for the company and FullHD-screen makes the unit very quick and responsive. Details, as usual, in the review.

Review Huawei Mate S. First Look


As usual, Huawei uses in all of its proprietary shell EMUI smartphones based on Android 5.x. The organization of the working space is made in the style of iOS, without the program menu when the labels of all applications are sent directly to one of the screens. In general, EMUI can be compared with the shells of other Chinese producers, there are some features, but the general gist is the same. For EMUI offers many themes and basic Android interface and even some of his pieces are “cut off” and replace their own decisions. Someone like this approach, someone – no.

Review Huawei Mate S. First Look


On first impressions, and I had about an hour to get acquainted with the device, the new Huawei Mate S – Mighty smartphone on Android without any significant deficiencies. At the same time, I will be honest, and there is no clear-cut advantages. You have to understand that this is not a sequel to the popular Mate 7, and in the branch line, a smaller version of the seventh model, if you like. With high quality screen, a great assembly, a body made of metal, as well as a good platform.

Obviously, in 2015, Huawei examines various options for the line of smartphones, and Mate S – the next stage of this strategy. In the future we will see a real flagship – Mate 8 and Mate S is designed primarily for those dimensions of the original “seven” seem to be too large, while Huawei P8, by contrast, looks small (there is a diagonal 5.2 “).

Review Huawei Mate S. First Look updated: September 2, 2015 author: Jonathan Davis