Huawei Mate S Factsheet


Personalized Smart Design

  • The phone’s thickness is 7.2mm, with side edges measuring 2.65mm. The phone’s cushioned back features an ergonomic body for a comfortable grip, as well as skid resistance to help prevent the phone from being dropp
  • The edge of the LCD display is made into a transparent frame that extends 2.25mm to the edge, resulting in a narrow exterior fram
  • The phone has a full metal body, including a phone shell designed from pure met
  • Other notable features include: a 5.5inch AMOLED FHD screen, 2.5D Gorilla glass screen with a screen color saturation of 105 percent, and a contrast ratio 1800000:1.

Revolutionary Interaction

  • The smart pressure-sensitive screen recognizes pressure and controls navigation, making it easy to quickly preview photos, zoom and weigh ob
  • The Knuckle Sense 2.0 functions include: circling a screendisplay to  capture  a  screenshot, designating  letters  to activate apps, and double-clicking to record.
  • Fingerprint Sense 2.0 improves fingerprint  recognition speeds by 100 percent with more accurate self-learning function


Professional Camera, Black-and-White Mode, Higher Quality Camera Profiles



Screen: 5.5″, AMOLED, ONCELL, FHD

Front Camera: 8MP, FF, BSI, F2.4, LED soft light

Rear Camera: 13MP, AF, BSI, F2.0, Dual color-temp LED flashes

Size: 149.8*75.3*7.2

Weight: 156g

CPU: Hisilicon Kirin 935, Quad 2.2GHz + Quad 1.5GHz

GPU: MALI 628 MP4 680M

RAM/ROM: 3GB/64GB (high version),

3GB/32GB (standard version)

Battery: 2700mAh (Typ.) 2620mAh (min.) Lithium Polymer

Sensor: Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope, ALS, Proximate, HALL GPS: Compatible with GPS/ Beidou/ GLONASS/AGPS

System: EMUI3.1, Android 5.1

Compatible with dual 4G SIM card (high version)

Audio Hardware: Compatible with 3Mic FM reception, external earplug antenna Supporting NFC function

Color: Prestige gold / Mystique champagne / Titanium grey /Coral pine.

  • The phone includes a 13 mega pixel rear camera, Optical Image Stabilizer, RGBW, and independent ISP hardware configuration.
  • The professional camera is compatible with a manual adjustment of ISO, exposure compensation, exposure time, and white balan It’s also compatible with different focus modes, and equipped with the grid function and flash-assisted focusing.
  • The real-time black and white filter mode provides filters: regular, hard and neutral d The mode also includes real-time intensity adjustments.
  • The powerful selfie feature includes an 8-mega pixel front camera with a soft, front light and a new algorithm for skin polishing.

Smart Mobile Life Experience

  • Smart wireless printing is compatible with the Mopria protocol based on wireless printer The Protocol is compatible with over 800 printer types from 16 companies without installation.
  • Detective listening technology provides smart recording for interview mode, meeting mode, and regular mod

Key features and recommended tests: Touchscreen

Fingerprint Sense 2.0

  • Fingerprint Sense 2.0 improves fingerprint recognition speeds by 100% with more accurate self-learning function

Try: By swiping left or right on the fingerprint sensor on the back, you can preview pictures in the browsing screen.

Try: By sliding upwards and downwards on the fingerprint sensor on the back, you can control when the notification bar appears in an application. Existing notifications can be cleared away by double tapping.

Try: By touching the sensor on the back of the phone while on camera mode, you can take a “natural selfie.” See how holding the device feels easier and more natural.

Try: By pressing the sensor with your finger for a few seconds, phone calls can be answered or switched to hands-free mode, and your alarm clock can be turned off.

Knuckle Sense 2.0

  • With the Huawei Mate S, your knuckle can be used to take screenshots, screen recordings, and open apps qu

Try: Circle the screen with your knuckle to capture a screenshot, in any shape or size. If you want the full screenshot, double tap.

Try: When your screen is off, double tap it with your knuckle to turn on the screen. Make sure your settings have this option turned on.

Try: Go to your settings and choose the “Motion control” option. Click “Draw,” and turn on the feature. Designate a letter to open a certain app in your settings or go with the default settings. When your screen is off, use your knuckle to draw a letter and watch how the app opens. There are four default options including the letters “c” for opening the camera, “e” for the Internet browser, “m” for music, and “w” for weather.

Try: Use two knuckles to capture a screen recording or a screen motion video and share through apps, including WeChat, WhatsApp, and more.

Key features and recommended tests: Camera

The Huawei Mate S is a high-end device that introduces a professional photography experience. With a new 13 mega-pixel optical anti-vibration sapphire camera lens, the Mate S camera considers users’ needs in everyday life, providing settings with contrast, texture and distinctive tonality.

High-quality photos

  • Professional camera creates a new mobile phone photography experienc This mode supports manual ISO adjustments, exposure compensation, exposure time and white balance. It also offers unique features including: shutter speed control, focusing mode, grid function, and flash-assisted focusing.

Try: Open your camera application. Click the upper right menu icon, and select “Pro camera.” The modes and settings will automatically appear on a menu you can scroll through at the bottom of the screen. Try changing and modifying the modes by sliding your finger across the curved bar while taking pictures in different places and with different lighting.

  • Balance light

HDR+ (High Dynamic Range flashlight) ensures light balance between the foreground and background of photographs. Based on the lighting conditions, the Huawei Mate S’ new algorithm will automatically turn on the flash when needed and take two pictures at the same time, combining them into one high-resolution image for balanced lighting.

Try: Open your camera application. On the top left hand corner, set the flash symbol to “A,” for automatic. Take a few pictures in a darker area, and see how the flash automatically turns on and combines the two photos to create the best image.

  • Create the ultimate selfie

Selfie mode provides new prep-positioned soft light and supplementary lighting intensity for taking selfies, brightening and invigorating your eyes. The mode also introduces a new skin-beautifying algorithm that reduces wrinkles and beatifies the skin in a realistic way.

Try: Open your camera application. Click the upper right menu icon, and select “Settings” at the bottom. Scroll halfway down the options and turn on the “Perfect selfie” setting. Take a photo with the front camera within the dotted blue-lined box. The camera will prompt you to take front, side, and “looking down” photos. The phone will then automatically combine the photos and incorporate “beauty effects” to your phone’s previous settings.

Try: In the upper right hand menu, go to the setting option. Scroll halfway down and turn on “Capture smiles.” Switch back to camera mode, and take photos hands free by just smiling.

Key features and recommended tests: Hardware and Software

  • Crystal clear recording

Smart recording mode is a new hardware design built with three microphones, enabling a clear recording with minimal background noise through integration of the beam- forming algorithm. The audio is improved through the recording playback function, which provides filtering and enables users to enhance select sounds.

Try: Go to your “Tools” folder and click on the “Recording app.” Record a sound while pointing the phone away from the source of the sound under “Meeting mode.”

Try: Try the different recording modes, including Meeting, Interview and Normal. Record a conversation with background noises (cars, trains, etc.) occurring and listen to the difference.

  1. Mate S Thought Leadership Article

The evolution of Touch in smartphones

It may seem like a life time ago but there is no doubt that many of us can remember the frantic click click as we attempted to use our Mobile phone keypad to type out text messages, hitting the number 3 three times to get to get an ‘I’. When the QWERTY keyboard arrived on phones in around 1997 we rejoiced. Surely this was innovation?

Well, not really. Ten years on the first Smartphone made its way into our hands and, with it, the touch screen that would become our constant companion. Humans are able to decode emotion from touch alone. So while smartphones may be the way we choose to communicate, touch was the first way we learnt to do it.

The Huawei Mate S’s Force Touch technology is the next step in the evolutionary chain, both for devices and human communication. The technology allows our devices to better understand our instructions based on the sense of touch. Utilising haptic feedback, Force Touch takes the acts of scrolling, swiping and pinching to control our devices a step further.

The screen is able to sense the force of your gestures and, as the user; you are able to programme your device to behave in certain ways dependent on the force with which you interact with the screen. The Huawei Mate S is able to identify the pressure sensitivity of your gestures and operate controls accordingly.

While taking photos you can utilise Force Touch to edit quickly and share or to immediately open or close favourite applications simply by adding increased pressure to your screen. The capabilities of Force Touch go even further. The Fun Scale application would allow you to weigh small objects such as an Orange, if you require.

Huawei hasn’t stopped here. The Knuckle Sense functionality allows the Mate S to operate far faster and understand your needs. By programming a selection of short codes, such as drawing an S for settings, the smartphone will immediately open the necessary app or perform the required action.

After utilising Knuckle Sense to open your camera, you’ll be able to take a selfie and finally not have to tap the screen but rather utilise Fingerprint 2.0 that harnesses the finger scanning technology on the back button of the Mate S. Fingerprint 2.0 is also able to unlock your phone and even secure payments. However, it goes even further allowing you to control notifications, answer calls and even scroll photos – which you can easily tap on to magnify every detail of your best moments.

In our fast paced lives technology like Force Touch and Fingerprint 2.0 is going to allow us to communicate far more efficiently with our devices thus enhancing productivity and increasing the abilities of our smartphones. As more young children move to using devices for educational purposes, a tool like Force Touch can be greatly utilised to help build their communication skills by developing their primary non-verbal communication sense.

The true beauty of innovations like Force Touch in a device like the Huawei Mate S is how we interact with technology going forward. Smartphones are no longer gadgets that make life easier but rather they will become extensions of ourselves. We’ll be able to communicate with these extensions using our primary non-verbal communication skills and, as companies like Huawei step into the future, it won’t be long before our phones are able to adapt to our needs based on how we touch them or even our facial expressions. Your thumbs will likely also welcome the well-deserved rest.

The fashion of smartphones

Fashion is not designer garments swaying down a runway. It’s not the sunglasses you buy because they have a designer name embossed along the side. Fashion is not just a few items in your wardrobe. It’s so much more than that.

Fashion is a way to communicate who you are and how you live. Renowned fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg once said that she designs for the woman she wants to be, the woman she used to be and to some degree, the woman she is still a little piece of. What we wear and what we carry is ultimately so much more than the price tag attached or the name sewn in to the stitching.

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only, Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” – Coco Chanel.

When we talk about fashion we’re ultimately talking about a means in which to communicate with the world who we are via the visuals we depict. Our personality is reflected in the items we choose to wear or the devices we choose to utilise every day. The fashion we use to depict our style communicates how we behave, what we do, what we eat and where we choose to hang out or work. Fashion is our personality swashed across a blank canvass that ultimately creates a piece of art. We are the art.

The device you carry is as much a part of your own fashion as the shoes on your feet or the designer handbag on your arm. The phone you choose needs to seamlessly fit in to your life and communicate your needs clearly. You wouldn’t wear designer heels to a park run but your smartphone is not interchangeable. It needs to fit into the fashion of whatever situation you decide to put it in. It needs to be able to transition from the corporate lunch to the lazy Sunday afternoon on the couch into the glamourous runway show where you’re placed front row.

Huawei’s Mate S is a smartphone that can make the transition without ever hampering the communication of who you are. Under the stylish metal casing it offers the support of a good pair of jeans with the functionality of your favourite running shoes. The arched back fits into the palm of your hand while the curved surface with its solid pressure and weight allows it to be far easier and comfy to hold. You could liken its ergonomic design to that of a well-crafted pair of Louboutins – beautiful to look at and yet offering all the support required to stride throughout your day with confidence.

The link between fashion and technology has never been as strong as it is now. The Fashion industry has been at the forefront of utilising technology to ensure premium design in garments that look the part but deliver on the function required. The Huawei Mate S is no different with its cutting edge technology incorporated into the design of the phone. Diamond cutting, CNC carving, nanotechnology and a Sapphire lens are all part of the phone’s seamless metal body.

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” – Yves Saint Laurent.

The Mate S looks the part but it delivers on comfort and functionality as well. Ahead of the fashion curve, Huawei’s latest offering is far more than fashion. It is the definition of who you are and who you aim to be. It is a communication of your style.


Sound brought to life with the Huawei M2



The first “music” you likely ever heard was that of your mom’s heartbeat. Most musical compositions are between 40 and 160 beats per minute. The human heart beat tends to be 60 beats per minute when resting and can go up to 150 beats per minute when you’re dancing your Friday night away.

With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that a melodic beat tends to follow us through our lives.

The study of the connection between music and emotion has baffled and entertained philosophers for years. Stephen Davies summed it up rather nicely when he coined the idea that “music expresses emotion without feeling it.” However, scientists now argue that we are losing the ability to identify emotions and react to them accordingly because we spend too much time using our devices and not enough time learning to identify our own emotions.

Technology companies have, for many years, focused their efforts on slimmer devices that perform faster and offer up the best in display. Yet very little focus has been made on the sound. Is this perhaps the answer to creating emotional connections in a tech driven world?

Incredible sound quality allows for a far more encompassing musical experience and in turn could lead to a heightened emotional experience when interacting with applications on your tablet.

Huawei’s latest offering, the MediaPad M2 has chosen to do just this and take the sound experience to the next level. As opposed to an afterthought, the audio interactions with the device have become its primary point of focus. Incorporating acoustic technology developed in conjunction with Harmon Kardon, the sound will raise the hairs on your arms and have you tapping to the beat. Harmon Kardon tuning and advanced Clarifi technology creates a music experience to please the sense.

Even the design of the tablet incorporates the need for better sound quality. The tablet has dual stereo speakers that are 42% larger than previous generations while the larger sound chamber allows for an increase in resonance and audio quality. All held together in a gorgeous and sleek metal case, the MediaPad M2’s housing improves acoustics significantly. More importantly it looks the part. It effortlessly slides into your handbag and will turn heads when you take it out at the local coffee shop.

You can use the M2 wherever you are. The Sun View mode allows the tablet to adjust the screen contrast and brightness when you are using the device outside while your eyes will less likely be strained when using your M2 for long periods of time. The Eye Care Mode reduces 50% of blue light rays for a more relaxing visual experience.

Huawei has designed a tablet that brags gorgeous looks and a magnificent display which is expected from a high end tablet, but they’ve also taken it one step further by ensuring the best immersive sound experience on the market. A sound experience you’ll want to share whether at work or at play.

  1. BYOD Thought Leadership Article

Control of enterprise-connected mobile devices is possible

The evolution of the BYOD movement demands that organisations make the progression to effective and efficient control of information. Charlene Munilall, General Manager, Huawei Consumer Business Group, South Africa says this has resulted in a greater focus on implementing mobile device management tools that provide IT executives with the control they desire.

With the whole bring-your-own-device (BYOD) debate largely settled through generally widespread adoption of the concept within the enterprise market, many organisations face the question: what now?

This can be a daunting prospect for companies not prepared for a world in which they have to accept that they have only nominal control over corporate information. The focus therefore needs to shift to what can be controlled, and what to do in the event that physical control is lost.

This latter scenario is one that exposes organisations to all manner of threats to the security of corporate information that extend well beyond passwords and financial data. Legislation like the Protection of Personal Information Act places increasingly onerous demands on companies to protect the information of customers and individuals.

What this calls for is the seemingly impossible task of knowing what information is contained on a device, where that device is at any given moment, and in whose possession it is.

The certainty that an IT executive would previously handover the security of information can be had if a suitably secure and reliable mobile device management (MDM) tool is used to administer the multitude of devices now used to access corporate information.

Both the functionality and security of these types of systems have matured with tremendous speed as BYOD has been more widely adopted.

So much so that enterprises have the same line of sight as if the device and information were contained within the enterprise network.

And largely because the leading MDM tools never allow the information to physically reside on the mobile device. This functionality has been facilitated by cloud-based services that provide ease of access without breaking the corporate network-mobile device barriers.

In instances where corporate information is stored on a device, the MDM should at the very least also provide a sandbox environment that provides a clear separation between corporate and personal information.

To ensure true peace of mind, however, requires that any connections to the enterprise system is sufficiently encrypted to provide the necessary levels of security. In addition, such connections should be secured with protection against viruses and the legion of vulnerabilities that corporate networks are subjected to.

Leading MDM tools come to the fore in protecting companies in the unfortunate eventuality of a device being lost or compromised.

While remote access and wiping of critical information is at the forefront of this type of functionality, geolocation services is as important in apprehending culprits or at the very least recovering lost or stolen devices.

With these types of tools and functionality readily available from leading vendors such as Huawei, IT executives have a greater degree of certainty over the security of their information in this era of constant mobility and demand for access at all times, from anywhere.


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