Huawei has been making waves in the tech world this past few weeks. Last month, they partnered with Google to manufacture the Huawei Nexus 6P. And just recently, it was announced that Huawei has surpassed Xiaomi to become China’s top smartphone manufacturer. And now, Huawei has launched its recent flagship, the Huawei Mate S, a device that would likely compete with its step brother, the Nexus 6P.
The Huawei Mate S is clad in a full-metal body with chamfered edges and has a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for protection. It has a display resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels with pixel density of 401 pixels per inch.
Underneath the Huawei Mate S is an octa-core Hi-Silicon Kirin 935. The device runs on Android Lollipop with a planned upgrade to Android Marshmallow.
The Huawei Mate S boasts of strong primary and secondary cameras. At the back of the device is a 13-megapixel camera with a dual-tone LED flash. The camera has optical image stabilization (OIS). And in front is an 8-megapixel selfie shooter with its own LED flash.
There is a fingerprint sensor at the back of the device, located right under the 13-megapixel camera of the Huawei Mate S, just like the Oppo R7 Plus.
Internal memory on the Huawei Mate S ranges between 32GB to 128GB, which can be expanded to up to 128GB using s memory card. RAM is pegged at 3GB.
The device is powered by a non-removable 2700mAh battery which will last a little over 5 hours on maximum usage. The performance isn’t all that bad, but it is nothing compared to the performance of the Huawei Nexus 6P which boasts of 9 hours of battery life on maximum usage.
The Nexus 6P surpasses the Huawei Mate S in terms of screen size (5.7 inches), display (1440 x 2560 pixels, 518 ppi), processor (an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor), and battery (3450mAh). The Nexus 6P also comes with a USB Type-C connector, something the Huawei Mate S lacks. With the shortcomings of the Huawei Mate S, it is unlikely it will pose a threat to the Nexus 6P.
At $950, the Huawei Mate S does not come cheap.