It’s time for an upgrade
Here I was quite happy with the Huawei P8 being the flagship device for the remainder of the year, and then Huawei decides to drop another technological masterpiece. The Huawei Mate S, the bigger badder more energetic brother of the Huawei P8 and Huawei Mate 7.
I’v been talking for a while now on Twitter about when Huawei would be launching it’s next hybrid device over the Huawei Mate 7, but with all my tweeting and mentioning, no real response from the company. but today we have it confirmed!
The Huawei Mate S can be considered the luxury-focused device in the Huawei mobile family. It’s like the Huawei designers took everything from the original Mate 7 and said; “well let’s make it better”.
The phone includes a floating 2.5D screen, a pressure sensitive touch system and a new battery technology to give the users the maximum usages from a single charge, which means it will last longer than the already day long battery of the Mate 7. This is in addition to enhancements to the camera which was already mind blowing and the fingerprint reader and the touch controls introduced in older models.
CEO of Huawei Consumer, Richard Yu said: “Our goal in designing the Huawei Mate S was to develop a smartphone that offers a personalised experience, rather than a commoditised one. The Huawei Mate S is based on insights we gathered about human interaction – most notably that touch is a natural action we take to understand our world. The Huawei Mate S redefines how we incorporate touch technology into our smartphones, breaking through the conventional way of touch screen control and ushering in new imagination for human-machine interaction.”.
Essentially, Huawei is pushing to make devices that work around the lives that people live, and not the lives the company wants people to live.
The Beauty of Curves: innovative design from inside out:
The Mate S’ touch screen control technology uses an unconventional design to strike a balance between the phone’s brilliant capabilities and its stunning visual appearance.
Building on the revolutionary and extremely sexy Huawei Mate 7 smartphone, the Mate S features a 5.5 inch 2.5D AMOLED screen that is 7.2 millimeters thick at the centre but with a width on the edges of just 2.65 millimeters. The arched back cover is designed to fit perfectly into the palm of a hand, making the phone less likely to be dropped, which for anyone with the Mate 7, like me, will know is lightly to happen from time to time!
Revolutionary Streamlined User Experience
Touch is at the heart of the Huawei Mate S, creating an enhanced experience for users that simplifies their interaction with the device. When viewing photos, they can be quickly previewed and enlarged by pressing the screen with one finger, streamlining the operations of a traditional phone. The Mate S can also be used as a scale to weigh objects which is a nice to have.
The phone is equipped with Fingerprint 2.0, an upgraded version of the advanced chip level security and one-key unlock technology pioneered in the Mate 7. Fingerprint 2.0 halves recognition speeds, with more accurate self-learning functions. It can also be used to control the notification bar, erase unread notifications, preview pictures, and hold and take phone calls. All of these options improve the one hand operation of the phone.
Fingerprint 2.0 and Knuckle Control 2.0, straight from the inner workings of the Huawei P8, simplifies how users switch between app operations and take screenshots, although, I’v never been a fan of the knuckle thing, I mean have you seen my hands?! But I digress, the update of these controls should make the Huawei Mate S’ fingerprint touch one of the best, if not the best on the market right now.
The Knuckle feature offers users a new way to interact with their phone: drawing a “C” with their knuckle activates a camera, while double-clicking the screen with a knuckle records the screen in the form of a video. With these options, every type of touch provides an opportunity to be innovative.
The Camera: Designed for Beginners and Professionals!
The Mate S is equipped with a camera that considers users’ needs in everyday life as well as professional camera setting. The 13-megapixel rear camera features an advanced sensor with optical image stabilisation, dual color-temp LED flash lights, and independent image signal processor camera units, all of which combine to capture higher quality pictures faster.
This Camera makes my fingers shiver with a combination of excitement and dread, Take the best picture in the world, but don’t drop it!
The Mate S takes camera capabilities one-step further by offering an 8-megapixel front camera with soft, front lights, perfect for selfies (If you’re into that kind of thing).
The professional camera mode allows for manual adjustment of ISO, exposure compensation, exposure time, white balance and focusing, and functions such as the grid, and flash-assisted focusing.
I’m using the Huawei Mate 7 for most of my video and photography work right now, and it’s stunning. The upgrade to the Huawei Mate S is going to be mind blowing for my end result!
Technology that adapts to every environment
The Mate S takes regular recording functions to the next level by leveraging three microphones to support a smart direction algorithm. The Mate S’ beam-forming algorithm allows all three mics to focus on the sounds coming from where the phone is facing, enabling a clear recording with minimal background noises.
For consumers on the go, the Mate S also supports Mopria printing general protocol, which includes 700 printer types across 29 leading brands.
The Huawei Mate S is full of awesomeness and dripping with the most top shelf technology that any consumer could want or need today. I cannot wait to get my hands on one and give it the full spectrum of tests!
There is no word yet on South African availability yet, but Im sure it’ll get here soon to maintain the Huawei Foothold.