27 Sep Huawei Mate S
It seems that the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei is dead set to seriously enter the smartphone marketplace and establish a worldwide place in this particular consumer market for good. Huawei started going big in 2005, when they signed a global deal with Vodafone. Then came the British Telecom, the deal with Optus for Australia, the first ever LTE/EPC commercial network in Oslo, Norway in 2009 and then it went all over the place. Nowadays Huawei is considered the largest telecom equipment maker. Huawei does not only make smartphones, but the whole infrastructure required for operating mobile telephony.
It does come as a surprise that Huawei would announce another flagship device shortly after introducing Huawei P8 and Huawei P8 Max in April. Nevertheless, just now they released the announcement regarding the Huawei Mate S. The new flagship phone will be a 5.5 inches smartphone with a 73.9% screen-to-body ratio, the AMOLED capacitive touchscreen features a full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, which amounts to some 401 ppi pixel density. There is also something special available as an option, or will be maybe only available as additional optional feature, namely the much touted about Force Touch display gimmick.
The integrated chipset is of course from the subsidiary manufacturer HiSilicon, and it is an octa-core Kirin 935, or rather dual-quad-core, where the one quad-core unit is clocked at 2.2 GHz and the other one at 1.5 GHz. Three different internal storage options are being offered, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB, all with 3 GB of RAM. Early on talk was about the largest option, the 128 GB, which was supposed to be the only one with the Force Touch display, but now Huawei decided to offer the other versions also with that option, prices will therefore vary a lot. Inside is a non-removable 2700 mAh Li-Ion battery, which may seem a bit on the low side, but perhaps it will be quite enough.
The primary/secondary camera combo seems to be the same as in the Huawei P8, a bit disappointing that one, but the 13 MP shooter with dual tone flash and the 8 MP selfie camera with a separate flash do seem nice indeed. The kicker here are all the additional editing and handling features that come with the Force Touch display, touch zoom and edit with your knuckle being the most interesting. The Huawei Mate S is a dual SIM phone, where the second slot can be used as the microSD card slot instead. It will run with the latest Android version 5.1.1 Lollipop pre-installed, also with the Huawei proprietary Emotion user interface, version 3.1.
With the Huawei Mate S, Huawei has released in the last three months five new smartphones, the Honor 7i, Honor 4A, the Huawei G8 and the Honor 7. Altogether Huawei has released 16 new smartphones and two new tablet devices in 2015 as of today.