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Huawei Mate S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 261 reviews of Huawei Mate S. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Views about the price and usability are on the whole positive. The size and design are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the GPS navigation.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Huawei Mate S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Huawei Mate S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Huawei Mate S from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the screen and performance are on the whole positive. The durability and usability also get good feedback.

design, usability, durability, performance, screen

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Huawei Mate S 3GB 4G White - smartphones (Android, Single SIM, NanoSIM, GSM, UMTS, LTE)Huawei Mate S 3GB 4G White - smartphones (Android, Single SIM, NanoSIM, GSM, UMTS, LTE)

Oct, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Huawei Mate S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 user reviews of Huawei Mate S from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the design. The usability also gets good reviews. Views are divided on the price.

performance, usability, design

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Huawei Mate S Unlocked Smartphone 5.5 Inch Hisilicon Kirin 935 Octa Core 2.2GHz+1.5GHz,Dual SIM RAM 3GB + ROM 32GB FDD-LTE WCDMA GSM (Gold)Huawei Mate S Unlocked Smartphone 5.5 Inch Hisilicon Kirin 935 Octa Core 2.2GHz+1.5GHz,Dual SIM RAM 3GB + ROM 32GB FDD-LTE WCDMA GSM (Gold)

Oct, 2017

Expert review by: John McCann (techradar.com)

Huawei Mate S review

 

Its biggest claim to fame is also its biggest flaw

Premium design ; Excellent fingerprint scanner ; Feature packed camera

Emotion UI still hit and miss ; Force Touch availability unclear

Feb, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Huawei Mate S review: Yes mate!

 

Over the past year we've seen the rising tide of Chinese smartphones. As established companies like HTC and Sony Mobile have reported some difficulties, the likes of OnePlus and Xiaomi have stolen headlines. There's a lot to love about the Huawei Mate...

Good display, fingerprint scanner and shortcuts, Force Touch, some great software additions

A little heavy-handed with Android in the UX which leads to some odd looking results

There's a lot to love about the Huawei Mate S. We like the finish of the metal body and the slimness that Huawei has achieved. The display, although not being the highest resolution out there, offers great visuals and, on this particular model, offers...

Sep, 2015

Expert review by: (t3.com)

Hands on Huawei Mate S review: may the Force Touch be with you

 

Or at least that's the idea, but it's not quite as simple as that.

Decent screen ; Fast fingerprint scanner ; Force Touch technology

Interface is childish ; Elusive 128GB model

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Huawei Mate S Premium review

 

An Android handset with Force Touch. So can it match the iPhone 6s?

Good camera ; High-quality design ; Future-gazing tech ; Loads of storage

Pressure sensitivity is very limited ; Expensive ; Battery life not great

An interesting look at the future of Android, but one with limited appeal out in the real world

Jan, 2016

Expert review by: Lewis Painter (techadvisor.co.uk)

Huawei Mate S review

 

At IFA 2015 in Berlin, Huawei announced its latest smartphone: the Huawei Mate S. It looks gorgeous, and offers some pretty interesting features. We've been using the Huawei Mate S for over a month now, and here are our thoughts, along with its spec,...

The Huawei Mate S is 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...

Dec, 2015

Expert review by: Andrew Hoyle (cnet.co.uk)

Huawei Mate S review

 

Facing off against the giants of Apple and Samsung in the smartphone arena is no easy task. Huawei's usual tactics in this fight has been to make its products a lot more affordable, while still competitive on a technical level. Not so with the Mate S....

The Huawei Mate S takes sharp photos, it has enough power for everyday tasks and its metal design look and feels great.

It's too expensive, Huawei's custom Android is messy to use and the pressure-sensitive display is a pointless addition that adds nothing to the overall experience.

Though Huawei's flagship Mate S has classy looks and a great camera, you can find better-performing top-end phones for less money elsewhere.

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Max Parker (trustedreviews.com)

Huawei Mate S

 

The Mate S is Huawei's latest attempt to replicate its success in China in Europe and the USA.

Great screen ; Impressive performance ; Sleek design

Force Touch is a waste ; EMUI skin is awful ; Dodgy battery life

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Huawei Mate S review

 

Huawei's new Force Touch-packing phone is metal, slim and almost an iPhone killer

Gorgeous hardware just kept off the top spot by a dated screen and slightly-sub-Samsung screen.

Sep, 2015

Expert review by: (whathifi.com)

Huawei Mate S Smartphone overview

 

HUAWEI MATE S GOLD DIS 5.5 BIS OCTA CORE 13 MP 128GB IN

Expert review by: Alex Todd (recombu.com)

Huawei Mate S Review: In Depth

 

Huawei Mate S Review: Last year we met the Ascend Mate 7, then earlier this year the P8 and IFA 2015 has given us the Mate S another premium offering from the Chinese tech giant.DesignHuawei's Mate…

Premium materials ; Strong camera feature set ; Beautiful design

Convoluted UI ; Expensive vs Honor 7 ; Missing key flagship features ; Lacklustre video quality

In a nutshell the Huawei Mate S plays itself off as a serious contender in the big-phone space and as such it doesn’t come cheap, with prices starting at £469 for the base 32GB model. However aspects like camera quality and battery longevity fall short...

Nov, 2015

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2700
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Standby time (2G):353
Standby time (3G):380
Standby time (4G):327
Talk time (2G):19
Talk time (3G):13
Talk time (4G):327

Call management

Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing:Y / Yes
Vibrating Alert:Y / Yes

Camera

Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Built-in Flash:Y / Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):8
Front camera type:Single camera
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):13
Rear camera resolution (numeric):13
Rear camera type:Single camera
Second Camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:8
Sensor Type:BSI
Video recording:Y / Yes
Zoom capability:Y

Design

Brand colour:Luxurious Gold
Colour of product:Champagne / Gold / Gold, Pink / Grey / Pink gold / Silver / White
Curved Design: No
Fingerprint Reader:Y / Yes
Form factor:Bar

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:14
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display Type:AMOLED
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:3

Messaging

Chat:Y / Yes
E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes
Text-to-speech message reader:Y / Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC, AAC+, AMR-WB, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, OGG, PCM, RA-Lossless, WMA / AAC, AMR, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, RealAudio, WAV, WMA / AAC,AAC+,AMR-WB,FLAC,MIDI,MP3,OGG,PCM,RA-Lossless,WMA / AAC,AAC+,AMR-WB,FLAC,MIDI,MP3,OGG,RA-Lossless,WMA / AAC,AMR,FLAC,MIDI,MP3,MP4,OGG,RealAudio,WAV,WMA
FM radio:Y / Yes
Video compression formats:H.263, H.264, H.265, MPEG4, VP8, WMV9, XVID
Video formats supported:3GP, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOV, MP4, RM, RMVB, WMV / 3GP,AVI,FLV,MKV,MOV,MP4,RM,RMVB,WMV / H.263, H.264, H.265, MPEG4, RV, VP8, WMV9, XVID / H.263,H.264,H.265,MPEG4,RV,VP8,WMV9,XVID

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GLONASS:Y / Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):No / Yes
Position location:Y

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:UMTS
4G:Y / Yes
4G standard:LTE
4G standards:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.1
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:USB
Headset included:Y / Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Flight mode:Y / Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Microphone mute:No / Y / Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:5.1 / 5.1.1
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
Support for contact groups:Y / Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:MICRO-USB
USB port:Y / Yes
USB version:2.0

Processor

64-bit computing: Yes
Coprocessor:Y / Yes
Coprocessor cores:4
Coprocessor frequency:1.5
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A53
Processor Cores:4 / 8
Processor family:Hi-Silicon
Processor frequency:1.5 / 2.2
Processor lithography:28
Processor Model:KIRIN 935
Processor operating modes:64-bit
System bus rate:12.8

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:5.1 / 5.1.1

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal RAM:3 / 3072
Internal storage capacity:128 / 3 / 32 / 64
Maximum memory card size:128
RAM capacity:3
USB mass storage:Y

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.2
Height :149.8 / 15
Weight:156
Width:7.53 / 75.3