Aesthetically, Huawei Mate’s is a decidedly mold phablet premium. Fine materials, round shapes and a fantastic reflective border are the main elements that characterize the form factor of the Terminal.
Speaking specifically of the dimensions, Huawei Mate S has a 5.5 “and weighing about 150 grams. All-metal body outlines the Terminal leaving room for different doors, sides, 7.2 mm thick, very much in line with the current range.
In the lower part there is a micro USB 2.0 for charging and data transfer. At its sides, two grids respectively for speaker and microphone. The left side houses only the removable Bowl for nano SIM and micro SD, while the right side is the key to the ignition and the volume rocker. Finally, 3.5 mm audio jack are placed at the top and a second microphone.
The back housing gives way to the camera, accompanied by an LED flash dual-tone. Interesting choice of Huawei to always place the Terminal in this area the sensor fingerprint recognition system.
No physical button on the front, but only – so to speak – the front camera (also accompanied by LED flash), the speaker for the incoming audio, an led for notifications, the ambient light sensor and proximity and also a magnet system to handle the cover offered by Huawei with your Mate’s.
The display is a fantastic AMOLED 5.5 “which boasts a Full HD resolution (1920 × 1080) with a pixel density of 401 ppi.
The viewing angle is really good as was the color reproduction. In particular, the Blacks are very deep while white is adjustable via software.
The ambient light sensor succeeds in his task, but not optimally. The transition from low light situations situations with plenty of light can be summed up in a rather sudden and gradual dimming not like on many other phablet.
Very good, the glass panel. Is a Gorilla Glass 4 and ensures high resistance to scratches and bumps. It is also incredibly oleophobic: at the end of the day it seems that the phone has not been used.
The front camera of Huawei Mate S has 8 megapixel camera with LED flash while the rear is from 13 megapixel camera with LED flash dual-tone.
Both take pictures really valid. Great selfie which, thanks to the help of the front LED flash, are well defined and with little noise, not particularly good light conditions.
Even the rear camera is no exception: good pictures to 13 megapixels, good management of light. At night the shots are discrete thanks to LED flash dual-tone.
Having a 8 mpx camera front would have been welcome megapixel to the rear, but the shots are still valid.
From the software point of view, however, the camera is enriched by Huawei with several options including Beauty, which promises to remove imperfections faces photographed.
Camera no less, but you could do better. Huawei Mate S allows to record video up to 1080 p at 30 fps. Unfortunately there is no Slow Motion mode, but we appreciate that Timelapse.
Huawei Mate S comes out of the box with Android Lollipop 5.1.1 installed. It’s not stock Android and seems to be really good for the Terminal. Huawei has decided to customize his phablet with Emotion UI 3.1 (EMUI) which gives a touch more to the Terminal. Minimalism and elegance, these are the two adjectives that best describe the EMUI.
In particular, we note a reference to Apple’s iOS. The EMUI, in fact, has a very simple interface and icons all the same shape, just like Apple.
There are several functions that Huawei has decided to make available for his Mate’s. In particular, it’s really interesting function that, by making a swipe to the right on the 3 buttons of Android system, you can shrink the screen to make it accessible to the fullest, even with one hand. Interesting also the split-screen but is limited to only the app by Huawei.
Overall, the software runs flawlessly: there are no jamming, or slow downs whatsoever.
Huawei Mate S comes with an octa-core processor: a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Cortex A53 and a Quad-Core 1.5 GHz Cortex A53. The whole is surrounded by well 3 GB of RAM and a Mali-T624.
Excellent technical details that seem to keep its promises: Huawei Mate S didn’t miss a beat. Visually demanding games, Office applications and study and social surveys are all handled flawlessly.
Good multitasking management in relation to RAM: with many apps open, dealing with an average of only 1.5 GB versus 3 GB available to the system. So there is plenty of room to better manage the fluidity of Android that, as mentioned above, is impeccable.
2 g-3 g-LTE antenna tastes great. Huawei Signal + option you can have open fields also sparsely covered. Signal +, in essence, makes sure that the antenna can capture the signal from several directions for added stability and power. Same thing for the Wi-Fi antenna.
The fingerprint sensor. In everyday use it never missed a beat. Is positioned at the rear of the phone, making it, at times, uncomfortable to use. But it is still a matter of taste.
The battery is from 2700 mAh but this is one of the few cases on the market that should not be taken into account too. The system seems to be really optimized and you struggle to get through a day with one day of use behind them. With an average use-intense, Huawei Mate S arrives towards the evening with 20-25% battery still available.
The only sore point, in short, seems to be the price. Huawei Mate S has a list price of £ 699, very high especially for Huawei. But the Chinese manufacturer aimed at headlights off to high end market, leaving the brand Honor the “advantage” of value. On the other hand, both outside and inside this Mate S deserves a prominent stage.
However, there are many offers on the net that, in most cases, propose the terminal concerned with saving around € 150 than the list price.