something pretty exciting in store to fill the screen gap between its
5.2-inchers like the flagship P8 or the midrange Honor 7, and its huge
6"+ P8max. The
newly-announced Mate S carries the torch from its Mate7 predecessor in terms of a high-end metal
design, but it also can be considered a brand new handset category from Huawei,
since it has a smaller, 5.5" screen, with the fresh Force
in select markets. The pressure-sensitive screen means that the panel
distinguishes between a light tap or a harder press, and reacts accordingly.
The Mate S also sports a very good
screen-to-body ratio, and a 2.5D AMOLED screen panel, waterfalling seamlessly
to the sides, where the Mate S is just 2.6mm thin. The display is with a 1080p
resolution, and the phablet is powered by Huawei's newest Kirin 935 chipset,
coupled with 3 GB of RAM.
A 13 MP camera in the back with OIS
and dual LED flash, an 8 MP selfie shooter with front LED flash, and a much
improved fingerprint reader round up the pretty offering. The camera has a full
manual mode with ISO adjustments, exposure compensation, exposure time, white
balance and focusing, as well as things like grid adjustments, and
It's the little things that matter,
too, as we get three built-in directional microphones to enable a clear
recording with minimal background noise. There are also different recording
regimes, such as interview mode (180° recording), meeting mode (all-direction
recording), and a regular mode. There are also two stereo speakers at the
bottom, though we have to hear them to believe the bi-directional sound, as the
distance between the two seems pretty small.
The Mate S will be available in more
than 30 countries starting September 15, including China, France, Germany,
Israel, Japan, Spain, South Africa and UAE. It will be up on pre-order in
Europe on Vmall.eu starting Tuesday, with the 32GB version in titanium grey or
mystique champagne at 649 euros, while the version with 64GB of ROM will
come in "prestige" gold or coral pink, with a 699 euros tag.