About a month ago, Huawei introduced its Mate S variant during its IFA 2015 press event, a follow-up to last year’s fingerprint sensor-enabled Ascend Mate 7. The device, which has now shrunk in size from six inches to a more manageable 5.5 inches, is a refresh that borrows the all-metal looks of its predecessor. But more so than looking back to the Ascend Mate 7, Huawei’s new flagship draws heavy comparison to Apple’s marquee smartphone: the iPhone 6 Plus.
More on the Mate S: it has a 5.5-inch 1080p screen with 2.5D fourth-generation Gorilla Glass display, 7.2mm thickness, Kirin chipset, 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, stepped battery rated for over one full day and an improved rear-fixed fingerprint sensor. Where the Mate S’ design is concerned, special emphasis is made on its curved metal build – referred to as “diamond cut” — as being more comfortable for most consumers to hold. Gone from the Mate S are the typical Android shortcut keys as they are now hidden in the Mate S’ “magic bottom” just beneath the screen. However, this applies only to the 128GB Force Touch model and down at the base, surrounding the micro-USB port, are dual speakers.
Where the Mate S breaks from the pack is in how it manages data: The device has two SIM slots so users can jump between separate LTE connections. The device is now available from Vodacom in two versions: on a once-off R10499 version that comes in either mystique champagne or titanium gray and has 3GB RAM/32GB storage; or from R529 pmx24 on their Samrt S plan. Pricing and local availability for a Force Touch-enabled 128GB Mate S will be announced at a later date.