British mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse has revealed that it will start selling the latest premium smartphone from Chinese consumer electronics and telecom equipment maker Huawei, the Mate S. While the unlocked, SIM-free, 32 GB version of the handset can be bought for £419.99, those wanting to buy the device on a 2-year contract can get the smartphone for zero down and £31 monthly on O2. The plan comes with 3 GB of LTE data, along with unlimited talk and text within the UK. Vodafone users meanwhile, will have to fork out just a few quids extra – £34 to be precise, for unlimited talk and text benefits along with LTE data allowance of 2 GB. Meanwhile, the best value plan for EE users seem to be the £37.49 plan that comes with unlimited talk and text along with 5 GB of LTE data.
For very heavy mobile data users, Vodafone is also offering a plan with 25 GB LTE data along with the obligatory unlimited talk and text that comes in at £51 per month. All the aforementioned plans are of course, for those not wanting to put in an initial down payment. For those with no qualms over putting down £150 at the time of purchase, plans start at £22.49 with EE and £26 with Vodafone. While Vodafone’s plan comes with 2 GB of data along with unlimited talk and text, EE’s plan comes with only 1 GB of data, along with 1000 minutes of talk-time plus unlimited texts within the UK.
Huawei of course, has recently become the largest selling smartphone brand in its home country of China, overtaking the force of nature that is Xiaomi. The company is also said to be doing extremely well in its European business, having become the second largest Android OEM in Europe recently. Huawei’s smartphone biz has also got a lot of global exposure in recent times following Google’s decision to collaborate with the company for its current generation flagship smartphone, the Nexus 6P.
As for a quick recap of the Huawei Mate S, the handset comes with an all-new 5.5-inch 1080p ‘Force Touch’ display, and is powered by Huawei’s in-house HiSilicon Kirin 935 chip. The device comes with 3 GB of RAM along with either 32, 64 or 128 GB of built-in storage. The imaging requirements are taken care of by a 13-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel secondary camera. The Mate S also comes with a fingerprint scanner on its back, and has Android 5.1 Lollipop pre-installed with the company’s trademark Emotion UI (EMUI) laid on top.