Honor 7 vs. Huawei Mate S: Siblings fight at home Huawei

By Honor 7 Huawei has laid a strong opponent into his own nest for the Mate S. Technically, the two China-smart phones are very similar and differ only in nuance. So what can be almost twice as expensive Mate S better than our secret Honor 7? In the struggle between siblings Honor 7 and Huawei Mate S.

  • Honor 7 in the test
  • Huawei Mate S in the test

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Price and Availability

The Honor 7 will be officially sold in Germany over the Huawei Honor and own VMALL shop since late August, 2015. With a price of 349 euros the Honor 7 is almost 50 percent cheaper than the new Huawei's flagship, the Mate S. This elegant Android smartphone was presented at the IFA in a "normal" version and a premium version with 128 GB and Force presented touch panel. While the Force Touch loose Mate S will be available in the coming weeks at a price of 649 euros, the release and the price of the premium version is still unknown.

Cheapest offer: Honor 7

Best priceeBay179.00 €To the shopreal, - Online Shop279.95 €To the shop

Cheapest offer: Huawei Mate S

Best priceeBay248.99 €To the shop

Honor 7 vs. Huawei Mate S: design and processing

From a distance, to see the Honor 7 and the Huawei Mate S very similar, but the similarity dissolves almost completely when you hold both smartphones in the hands and the details look.

The housing of the Mate S is made entirely of aluminum and finished with two diamond cut edges, so that the Mate S better nestles in the hand as the Honor 7. But not only the housing and the cut edges ensure a high quality feel, well the Gorilla Glass 3 with rounded edges 2.5D. It all adds to a premium feel and the processing is completely on level of a Galaxy S6.

Honor 7 vs Huawei Mate 2 SHuawei Mate S vs. Honor 7: Processing and design of the S Mate is nobler and higher quality than the Honor 7 / © AndroidPIT

The Honor 7 acts at first glance, not so delicate and noble as the Mate S. Especially from the rear view, the Honor 7 acts compared to Mate S fissured. The camera optics is further apparent, the fingerprint sensor has failed a touch larger and especially the back of the housing is not made entirely of metal. The top and bottom edges remote made of plastic. The reason for this is of course the number of antennas that need to be accommodated and may not be shielded by metal.

Honor 7 vs 9 Huawei Mate STwo ways to hide antennas in a smartphone Honor makes it cheap and uses plastic caps, while Huawei holes milled into the aluminum housing. / © AndroidPIT

Overall, design, processing and feel of Mate S much fresher and noble act. The design of Honor 7 acts edgier and a little stale in comparison to that of the S Mate. In the processing and of the haptic can be felt very clearly the difference in price between the Honor 7 and the Mate S.

Honor 7 vs. Huawei Mate S: Display

In addition to processing, the design and feel of the display is clearly the highlight of the Mate S. Although the Force-touch model is not available in Germany, but even without this feature, the AMOLED display of Mate S is the IPS for the foreseeable future superior -Panel of Honor. 7 In terms of color reproduction, brightness and contrast, the cheaper smartphone can not keep up.

Honor 7 vs Huawei Mate 1 SThe AMOLED display of the Huawei Mate S appear more vivid than the IPS panel of Honor 7 / © AndroidPIT

Of course, the size of the display for many users plays an important role. Here, however, the personal taste is paramount. If you want to the more compact smartphone that can still be well operated with one hand, then you should pick up the Honor 7 with 5.2 inch large Full HD display. but you would rather have a big screen for videos and Android games, the Mate S with its 5.5-inch AMOLED display with full HD resolution the better choice.

Honor 7 vs. Huawei Mate S: Specifications

Actually, we can keep this part very short, because technically excluded from the display and the camera, the two smartphones from Huawei Honor and are identical. Both use the HiSilicon Kirin 935 processor with eight cores and a maximum clock speed of 2.2 GHz, which is a Mali-T628 MP4 GPU to the side. The memory is generously sized for both smartphones with 3 GB. Because both use the same basic platform, the performance values ​​did not differ significantly from each other. In AnTuTu both Huawei smartphones achieve similarly good value at just under 51,000 points.

Huawei Mate S BenchmarkThe Mate S comes in AnTuTu very good 51.000 points, but the Honor 7 creates this brand as well. / © AndroidPIT

The internal memory Honor had apparently saved anything by the competitive price and donated only 16 GB. The Huawei Mate S shines here with double the memory capacity of no less than 32 GB. If that is not enough, which can expand the internal memory up to 128 GB in both smartphones via microSD cards. Only in Honor 7, it is also possible to use a second nano-SIM card instead of a microSD card. Thus, the Honor 7 can be used as a dual SIM smartphone. Incomprehensible that Huawei has the Mate S disallowed this feature, this feature would have cost only a few cents surcharge in production with certainty would thus have the final price is not driven further upwards.

honor 7 product shoots 12Both the Honor 7 and the Mate S can expand the internal memory via microSD cards. / © AndroidPIT

Both the S Mate and the Honor 7 have a fingerprint sensor on its back, which allows you to not only unlock the smartphone. In the settings can be determined for both smartphones actions for the fingerprint sensor. Which commands to the fingerprint sensor of Honor 7, and the Mate S can assign both, you can read our tips and tricks articles for Honor seventh

honor 7 product shoots 11One advantage of Honor 7: Instead of a microSD this smartphone can also record a second SIM card. / © AndroidPIT

Honor 7 vs. Huawei Mate S: Specifications

Honor 7Huawei Mate SDimensions:Mass:Battery capacity:Display size:Display Technology:Screen:Front camera:Rear camera:Lightning:Android:User interface:R.A.M:Internal memory:Removable storage:chipset:Number of cores:Max. Frequency:connectivity:
143.2 x 71.9 x 8.5 mm149.9 x 75.3 x 7.2 mm
157 g156 g
3100 mAh2700 mAh
5.2 inches5.5 inches
1920 x 1080 pixels (424 ppi)1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi)
8 megapixels8 megapixels
20 megapixels13 megapixels
5.0 - Lollipop5.1.1 - Lollipop
emotion UIemotion UI
3 GB3 GB
16 GB
64 GB
32 GB
HiSilicon Kirin 935HiSilicon Kirin 935
HSPA, LTE, dual-SIM, Bluetooth 4.1HSPA, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0

Honor 7 vs. Huawei Mate S: Camera

In terms of camera, there are large differences in the rear main camera. While the Honor 7 a Sony IMX230 image sensor utilizes 20.7 megapixels of resolution, are at Mate S the same 13 megapixel image sensor as in P8. Although the camera Mate S taking shots at low resolution, but it has an optical image stabilizer. Such a stabilizer can be very helpful for snapshots, as it compensates for slight wobbles.

Honor 7 vs Huawei Mate S 10Small but important differences exist in the camera of Honor 7 (left) and the S Mate (right). / © AndroidPIT

There are differences in the front camera No, because both use the identical 8-megapixel sensor and both hold for the Selfie fan also a front flash ready, which can brighten even in dim surroundings nor the faces.

Honor 7 vs Huawei Mate S 11The front cameras are identical and both have a front-LED flash. / © AndroidPIT

Other minor differences then hide only in the camera app, because the Honor 7 is withheld from the Pro mode. Ambitious smartphone photographers would be better off for Huawei Mate S elusive, because in the Pro mode, the user can set all the settings manually. ISO, shutter speed, white balance and co can be completely manually. This function is unfortunately very reduced and cumbersome Honor 7. least adjust the white balance and ISO, you have to rein in the settings where it can adjust manually in the advanced options in fixed steps ISO and white balance.

Similar functionality for ISO and aperture offer third-party apps, but these tend to occasionally crash. Good experience but we have done with the free open Camera.

Open CameraInstall on Google Play

Honor 7 vs. Huawei Mate S: Battery

In terms of battery the cheaper smartphone made by Huawei can really score. Because compared to Huawei Mate S the Honor 7 has a battery, the proud 400 mAh offers more capacity. In terms of sheer numbers 3,100 mAh are here at Honor 7 narrow 2,700 mAh versus the Huawei Mate S. is the result that the Honor 7 by loosely held 18 hours in my test, while the Mate S by holding "only" 14 hours. Four hours more battery life may be the main reason for the Honor 7 especially on long trips.

Honor 7 vs Huawei Mate 7 SQuick Charge support both smart phones. / © AndroidPIT


If you both smartphones simply reduced to the technical characteristics, there are few reasons to pick up the Mate S. For the price of a Mate S can currently almost buy two Honor. 7 but who places great emphasis on design and workmanship and who has sensitive fingers, is certainly more to Mate S tend. The whole exterior and premium workmanship are excellent and can with Samsung and Co. only compete over.

In the end, therefore, decide your self which of the smartphones tested here best suits your taste. Are you looking for a smart phone, which is top of the price-performance ratio, then reaches for Honor seventh but Will you have a smartphone that you want so use a status symbol, then the Mate S Huawei is the best choice.

Where to buy the Honor 7

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