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Huawei Mate S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 262 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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GPS navigation

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 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (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 comments.

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, 2018

Consumer review (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. Reviews about the design and usability are overall positive, but there are some mixed comments about 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, 2018

Expert review by (dpreview.com)

Huawei Mate S Review

 

DPReview smartphone reviews are written with the needs of photographers in mind. We focus on camera features, performance, and image quality.

Apr, 2016

Expert review by : Andrew Hoyle (cnet.com)

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 (cnet.com)

Huawei Mate S (luxurious gold)

 

Even buying the phone is difficult to do, with Huawei's own UK website directing you to a Chinese-language online shop. The phone itself has some highlights to boast about, including an attractive metal body and a good camera, but Huawei's custom...

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 : Ajay Kumar (pcmag.com)

Huawei Mate S (Unlocked)

 

The Huawei Mate S is a sharp-looking Android smartphone with a crisp display and a good camera, but it can't handle gaming very well, and has a heavy, unappealing UI layer.

Attractive design. Crisp AMOLED display. Good camera performance. 128GB internal storage and microSD slot. Loud speakers.

Force Touch is mostly just a gimmick. Heavy UI layer. Struggles with high-end gaming. Frustrating button placement.

Software and Conclusions When it comes to software, the Mate S is certainly not the phone for lovers of pure Android. The device runs Huawei's Emotion UI 3.1 on top of Google's Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Huawei makes a number of iPhone- customizations,...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Andrei Frumusanu (anandtech.com)

The Huawei Mate S Review

 

Huawei has been a company which over the past few years has visibly increased its presence in western markets. The Chinese vendor has in particular executed a big push into European markets over the last year as devices have become increasingly...

In the end I'm not sure if that was all that great of a decision for costumers as the Mate S carries a lot of the more crippling aspects of previous Huawei flagships.

Dec, 2015

Expert review by : Daniel Schmidt (notebookcheck.net)

Huawei Mate S Smartphone Review

 

Mirror, mirror in my hand … The Mate S is definitely one of the most beautiful smartphones that are currently available on the market. Whether it is all only beautiful illusion or the new style-icon from China has more to offer can be discovered in our...

Top notch build, Swift system performance, Expandable storage, Decent cameras, Outstanding call quality, Good speaker, Extensive accessories, Long-life battery

No Force Touch at market release, Dubious price design, Only middling GPS, No MHL, Miracast or Slim Port support, No UHD videos, LTE Cat. 4 only, No infrared port

Huawei's Mate S is a successful smartphone that primarily convinces with its outstanding build and stylish design. It provides great battery runtimes, a decent camera, first-rate call quality, and an up-to-date operating system in the form of Google's...

Sep, 2015

Expert review by : Mark Peters (letsgodigital.org)

Huawei Mate S Flagship Smartphone

 

Huawei Mate S Android smartphone : The Huawei Consumer Business Group has recently introduced the Huawei Mate S, the new flagship smartphone in Huawei's Mate series of mobile phones. Its ergonomic design and innovative technology deliver a premium...

The Huawei Mate S smartphone will be available in more than 30 countries. Dual SIM or dual 4G LTE can be configured on the Huawei Mate S in seconds, supporting 13 mainstream LTE frequencies covering Europe, Asia Pacific and America. The standard...

Sep, 2015

Expert review by : Chris P. (phonearena.com)

Huawei Mate S Review

 

From the point of view of Huawei's product portfolio, the Mate S is a weird addition to its high-end roster. A mixture between the P and Mate lines, the S strikes a balance between thinness and size, all the while hitting the right notes when it comes...

Comes with a flip cover included ; Seriously attractive design ; Solid construction ; EMUI 3.1 has all the features you might want ; Selfie camera is up to snuff

Display needs work ; EMUI 3.1 poses some fundamental user experience issues ; Recent apps menu is clunky and awkward ; Main camera has problems with focus a bit too often ; General camera performance is inferior to the best out there ; 1080p video is...

At €649 in Europe and about the same in green through Amazon US, the Huawei Mate S is aimed at the premium market, and it definitely looks the part. Of course, that alone hardly exhausts the list of requirements you bring to the store when you're ready...

Dec, 2015

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Huawei Mate S Review

 

The Mate S is Huawei's flagship smartphone and boasts an eight-core, 2.2GHz processor paired with 3GB of RAM. Its camera has a resolution of 13 megapixels and can record 1080p video at 30fps, while the lens boasts optical image stabilisation, a fast...

Although relatively unknown in some parts of the world, the Huawei Mate S is an excellent smartphone that brings together a lot of photographer-friendly features into a coherent, well-thought-out package. Although low light performance is less...

Dec, 2015

Expert review by : Andy Walker (gearburn.com)

Huawei Mate S review: touch made irrelevant

 

We take Huawei's latest flagship, the Huawei Mate S, for a spin to find out if it's a worthy successor to the company's outgoing flagships.

: If Huawei hacked R3000 off its price, renamed it the P8S (perhaps) or slapped Force Touch on all models, then maybe the Mate S would’ve made sense. This phone is another example of what looking over your shoulder does to your own brand identity. It...

Jan, 2016

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2700
Battery performance: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
Front camera resolution (numeric):8
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: Yes

Design

Brand color:Luxurious Gold
Color of product:Champagne / Gold / Gold, Pink / Grey / Pink gold / Silver / White
Fingerprint reader:Y / Yes
Form Factor:Bar

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:5.5
Display number of colors:16.78 million colors / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display Type:AMOLED
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
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
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 format:3GP, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOV, MP4, RM, RMVB, WMV / H.263, H.264, H.265, MPEG4, RV, VP8, WMV9, XVID
Video formats supported:3GP,AVI,FLV,MKV,MOV,MP4,RM,RMVB,WMV / H.263,H.264,H.265,MPEG4,RV,VP8,WMV9,XVID

Navigation

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

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:UMTS
4G:Y
4G standard: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 bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB
Headset included:Y / Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Warranty card: 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:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list
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
USB version:2.0

Processor

Coprocessor:Y
Coprocessor cores:4
Coprocessor frequency:1.5
Processor:Kirin 935
Processor cores:4
Processor family:Hi-Silicon
Processor frequency:2.2
Processor model:Kirin 935

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: Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.283
Height:5.9 / 5.91
Weight:5.5
Width:2.96