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Huawei Unveils New Mate S; Is It Answer To iPhone 6 Plus?

Huawei revealed the new flagship device Mate S smart mobile phone at the IFA 2015 event in Berlin.

Belongs to Huawei’s Mate series of mobile products, the Mate S is follow-up to the company’s fingerprint sensor-enabled Ascend Mate 7, which was introduced last year.

The Mate S features a full metal shell, a 5.5 inch AMOLED FHD screen with 2.5D Gorilla Glass, and side edges that are just 2.65 millimeters. Its curved surface features solid pressure and weight that makes the phone easier and more comfortable to hold, Huawei said.

The Mate S is equipped with Kirin chipset, 13-megapixel rear camera, and has an improved rear-fixed fingerprint sensor. The phone’s battery is rated for over one full day.

“Our goal in designing the Huawei Mate S was to develop a smartphone that offers a personalized experience, rather than a commoditized one,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG.

“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 and interact with our world. The Huawei Mate S redefines how we incorporate touch technology into our smartphones, taking a revolutionary approach to touch screen control and ushering in a new era for human-machine interaction.”

The Mate S comes with Fingerprint Sense 2.0, which is an upgraded version of the Huawei Mate 7’s advanced chip level security and single-tap unlock technology.

Fingerprint Sense 2.0 is faster, more sensitive and has more accurate self-learning functions to improve recognition speeds by 100%, according to the company. In the Mate S, “the fingerprint sensor does much more than unlock the phone or secure payment applications. Users can now control notifications, scroll through photos, take selfies, answer phone calls and even dismiss an alarm quickly by simply using the fingerprint sensor,” Huawei said in a statement.

The Mate S features Knuckle Sense 2.0, which advances the Knuckle Sense technology first introduced in the Huawei P8. The technology provides a host of new features and functionality at the tap of a knuckle.

“Quickly switch between apps by drawing a shortcut letter on the screen – pre-programmed shortcuts include drawing a “c” to activate the camera, “m” to listen to music or “e” to surf the Internet. Users can also create and store their own personalized knuckle shortcuts for anything from WeChat to WhatsApp.”

In addition, the Mate S supports wireless printing through the Mopria general protocol. Dual SIM or dual 4G LTE can be configured on the Mate S in seconds, supporting 13 mainstream LTE frequencies covering Europe, Asia Pacific and America.

The Mate S has charging with 5V and 2A, giving users two hours of talk time after just 10 minutes of charging.

Price and Availability

Initially, the Mate S will be available in more than 30 countries including China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Spain, South Africa and UAE. The phone will be available for pre-order in Western Europe on September 15.

The standard version with 32GB of ROM comes in titanium grey or mystique champagne, with a price of €649 euros. The premium version with 64GB of ROM comes in prestige gold or coral pink and is priced at €699 euros.

 

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Nadeem has more than 6 years of experience of news writing and editing. At IT Magazine, Nadeem covers Apple, Google and Business Technology news. Nadeem can be contacted at editor@itmagazine.com.

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