The IFA finally kicked off in Berlin and after a considerable amount of speculation and teasing the Huawei Mate S has been officially unveiled. The handset is built on many of the strong foundations set by the company when they launched the Mate 7 which was such a great phone offering high-end hardware and a lot of unique features which made it so popular and established Huawei on the world market.
Huawei Mate S Features
Although not as large as the screen on the Mate 7, the Mate S still comes in with a considerable 5.5 inch LCD 1080p resolution display. Usually you might think that at this size the company might put in a quad HD display to slightly boost the clarity of the screen but nowadays comparing resolutions is a minor point when you do a side-by-side screen comparison.
The Mate S is powered by Huawei’s in-house HiSilicon Kirin 935 SoC, 3GB of RAM and a Mali T628 MP4 GPU. It houses the same chipset configurations as the company’s Honor 7 with four Cortex A57 and four Cortex A53 cores, exactly like those found on the Snapdragon 810.
For storage the device will be offering 32 GB of flash memory which is very reasonable and fortunately there is a microSD card slot available for memory expansion up to 128 GB. The battery capacity is much smaller than the Mate 7’s offering only 2700mAh which will bother all the heavy users because it might not give exactly a day’s usage. However the company claims that it will still be enough to last you through the entire day. I guess we’ll just have to wait and watch.
For all the shutterbugs out there the Huawei Mate S comes with a 13 megapixel real camera that features a brand-new RGBW sensor, an optical image stabilizer, and a dual color temperature LED. It also houses an independent in a single processor to give you crisp photos. The sun is facing camera is an eight megapixel sensor for a high-resolution Celsius. Huawei has also implemented a professional camera mode that allows manual adjustment of ISO, exposure compensation, exposure time, white balance and focusing.
As far as the construction of the device is concerned Huawei have gone all out with a diamond-cut metal uni-body design, 2.5D Gorilla Glass display and a lot of curved edges which give the phone nice grip and handling. It also comes with the traditional fingerprint scanner that is located at the back below the camera sensor and has a lot of security features that come along with it.
Knuckle Sense and Force Touch
Also built into the device is a new “Knuckle Sense 2.0” technology. This feature was originally included with the P8 which allows the users to interact with the display using certain knuckle based gestures. A new addition to the new Mate S is a heavily teased feature called Force Touch. Is the first smartphone company to bring this technology into the market. This means that the display of your device will be able to tell how strongly you are pressing onto the screen allowing for extended functionalities.
The Huawei Mate S Will be available in Western Europe to begin with and will go on sale from September 15 the phone will be available to preorder from Huawei’s vMall online website and will come in your choice of pink, gold and silver options. Pricing details are still not confirmed.