It’s no doubt that Huawei is really good at making attractive looking metal smartphones. Thanks to Huawei, we now get a chance to try out the Huawei Mate S smartphone.
Design and Display
The Mate S almost looks and feels like a bigger Huawei P8 that we reviewed before, but with a bigger 5.5-inch AMOLED display. The Mate S felt comfortable to hold and use for one-hand smartphone usage. The device holds 7.2mm thickness and weighs 156g.
Unlike the P8, the rear of the Mate S is curved in design with a fingerprint scanner. The scanner’s detection speed is very fast as compared to the likes of Apple and Sony smartphones.
The Micro USB port on the bottom is placed between dual speakers, and the power button/volume buttons are seen on the right side.
Performance and Camera
The Mate S is powered by the 8-core Kirin 935 processor, which consist of four cores running at 2.2 GHz, and other low-power four cores running at 1.5 GHz. The RAM included is 3GB, and internal storage includes 32/64/128GB capacity models with MicroSD support. Honestly, the smartphone performance seems to be fast with not much delay experienced except for one thing. The Emotion UI 3.0 was quite sluggish at times that I could clearly see the lag. Why doesn’t Huawei just implement stock Android experience, or at least remove some unwanted bloatware?
Regardless, the smartphone UI is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (Android 6.0 Marshmallow planned for updates) and featuring special gesture functions. However, the cameras on the Mate S was quite impressive. The front camera holds an 8MP sensor with an F2.4 lens. The sensor captured bright selfies. The rear camera holds a bigger 13MP sensor, with a brighter F2 lens. I was able to get crisp and clear images, even in low-light conditions.
It’s usually safe to assume that phablets can hold bigger batteries. However, the Mate S holds a 2700 mAh battery. I was expecting the battery to be at least 3000 mAh, but it could be due to the smartphone’s slim design. Regardless of the capacity, I was able to achieve almost a day of continuous use. The battery is not removable.
The Dual SIM Huawei Mate S is definitely a great looking smartphone thanks to its unique metal build, and curved rear surface. My only concern was the sluggish UI that the smartphone worked on, and a battery that could have had a bigger capacity.