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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs. Huawei Mate S – The Battle of Two Of The Best Phablets

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When Samsung released the Galaxy S6, it received many positive reviews, being praised for its fresh design containing glass and metal, which, without a doubt, was more luxurious than the perforated pattern from the Galaxy S5. The Mate S is a more stylish phone which features a full metal body, but you’ll want to hear the rest of the specs. Lets bring the Note 5 and the Mate S side by side, in order to see which one is better.

Designs and Displays

As we were saying, the Note 5 is identical to the Galaxy S6, only that it’s larger (153.2×76.1×7.6mm) and comes with an improved stylus, with which you can take notes or draw directly to the screen. The previous Note 4 had a faux leather back with a metal frame, but its design didn’t please the female consumers much. The Note 5 has the same screen size of 5.7inch and QHD resolution of 1440×2560 pixels, but the pixel density has been slightly increased from 515ppi to 518ppi. Under the screen is the home button with the fingerprint reader integrated into it.

Huawei hasn’t changed its style much, being loyal to metal, but the Mate S has a different design, being similar to that of the HTC One M9, because there are two horizontal strips on the back. The device has a smaller AMOLED display of 5.5inch with a Full HD resolution of 1080×1920 pixels at 401ppi and doesn’t have any physical button or capacitive buttons below the display. The dimensions of the device are 149.8×75.3×7.2mm and the weight is 156grams. Because the bezels are very thin, the display is surrounded by a black border and there, the active pixels stop. The Mate S has also a fingerprint scanner, but it’s placed on the back.

Hardware

Samsung device is more powerful, featuring a 64bit Exynos 7420 octa-core processor built using a 14nm technology, and which uses four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz and four Cortex-A57 cores clocked at 2.1GHz. This is the same processor which powers up the Galaxy S6, but Samsung added an extra GB of RAM, now being packed with 4GB of RAM.

The Mate S comes with a 64bit Kirin 935 octa-core processor with four cores running at 2.2GHz and four cores running at 1.5GHz, but which are backed by 3GB of RAM.

Both phablets offer two variants of internal memories of 32 and 64GB, but the Mate S is available in a third variant of 128GB, likewise the Galaxy S6.

As for the battery capacities, the Mate S has a smaller unit of 2700mAh, which is outperformed by the 3000mAh battery of the Note 5.

Cameras

The primary camera of the Mate S has a resolution of 13MP and includes OIS and a 4-color RGBW imaging sensor. The lens is protected against scratches with sapphire glass. Also, the front camera is 8MP and takes great selfies.

The Note has a 16MP rear camera with an f/1.9 aperture and OIS, but its front camera is weaker at 5MP.

Prices

The starting price of the Samsung in the US is $700, while the Huawei costs $550.