Pietermaritzburg - Huawei officially announced the release of their latest flagship smartphone offering in South Africa — the Mate S.
The device is arguably one of the best devices released in the country this year.
Competing in the phablet category of larger-screened smartphones, the Mate S takes on devices such as the iPhone 6 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy 6S Plus and Note series, as well as Sony’s Ultra range.
Judging from sales of the Mate 7, the S’s predecessor, the Chinese company had not quite left the impression it may have intended.
However, the Mate 7, which was launched last year, is a powerful device, encompassing key features as expected from one of the top three smartphones currently available in the country.
Following in those footsteps, the Mate S carried over key features from the Mate 7 such as the rear fingerprint scanner, exceptional camera quality and longer lasting battery life.
What’s more is that the smartphone also carried over other features from the Huawei P8, released after the Mate 7.
Essentially the company packaged their previous two premium devices into one, and loaded it with even more high-end features in navigating the device as well as in the camera.
The Mate S is set to be a trendsetting device. Owning one will set the owner up for the next two years with ease — without needing a new smartphone.
The shelf life of the Mate S is definitely longer-lasting than many devices on the market. The Mate S may not be as expensive as other premium devices from Samsung and Apple, but will definitely stack up well against them.
Also at the launch event for the device, Huawei announced the availability of their new MediaPad M2 8-inch tablet, which itself saw major improvements.
The tablet features HD-like quality when viewing videos on it and features improved tracking when navigating the device with the fingertips.
This week it was also announced that Huawei’s Chinese rival, Xiaomi, will be making its way to the country. The launch of the Xiaomi device will spell major competition for Huawei as these devices come into the market at cheaper prices and offer similar features to higher-tier smartphones, tablets and wearables.