DPReview smartphone reviews are written with the needs of photographers in mind. We focus on camera features, performance, and image quality.

The Huawei Mate S was launched at IFA 2015 and with its 5.5-inch full HD screen it is, in terms of dimensions, a compromise between the 5.2-inch P8 and the 6-inch Mate 8. Specification-wise it is closer to the P8; its 13MP 4-Color RGBW image sensor is coupled with an F2.0 aperture and an optical image stabilization system. Like the P8, the Mate S uses an image processor that is independent from the main system chip. The front camera comes with an 8MP resolution and a front flash that produces a slightly diffused light. 

The Mate S's build quality firmly places it into the premium segment of the market. It comes with metal edges, a slightly curved back and a water-resistant body. There is a fingerprint sensor for added security and the octa-core chipset is combined with 3GB of RAM and either 32 or 64GB of storage. Huawei is also offering a premium version that comes with the same camera as the standard model but offers 128GB of internal memory and a force touch screen. Read our full review to find out how the Mate S performs when used as a camera.

Key Photographic / Video Specifications

  • 13MP RGBW sensor
  • F2.0 aperture
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Dual-LED flash
  • 1080p video
  • 8MP front camera 
  • Manual control 

Other Specifications

  • 5.5-inch 1080p screen
  • Android 5.1.1
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32/64/128GB storage
  • HiSilicon Kirin 935 octa-core chipset
  • MicroSD support
  • Stereo Sound
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 2700 mAh battery 

Our 8-page review

We've considered every aspect of the Huawei Mate S with the photographer in mind. We examined the user interface of the native camera app and its special features. We experimented with the camera's performance when taking stills and video, and had a play with the device's many special feature modes.