Huawei Mate S

Huawei's latest high-end offering, the Mate S, is now available to pre-order in Europe. The phone can be had unlocked and carrier free through Huawei's Vmall store directly at a price of £469 in the UK and €649 in mainland Europe.

Don't expect to have it in hand any time soon, though, as lead times are currently 4-5 weeks for delivery.

Europe currently isn't down to get the Force Touch laden, "luxury edition," instead getting the base model in two colors. To recap, here are the specs of the version on offer

Category Specification
Operating System Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, EMUI 3.1
Display 5.5-inch AMOLED ONCELL display, 1920 x 1080
Processor Hisilicon Kirin 935, Octa Core: Quad 2.2GHz + Quad 1.5GHz
Storage 32GB
Rear Camera 13MP with AF, BSI, F2.0, OIS, Dual color-temp LED flashes
Front Camera 8MP, FF, BSI, F2.4, LED soft light
Sensors Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope, ALS, Proximate, HALL
GPS Compatible with GPS/ Beidou/ GLONASS/AGPS
Additional NFC, FM
Battery 2700mAh (Typ.) 2620mAh (min.) Lithium Polymer
Dimensions 149.8 x 75.3 x 7.2mm
Weight 156g
Colors Mystic Champagne, Titanium Grey

It isn't the cheapest phone you're going to come across, nor is it issue-free. We've had a couple of weeks with the Mate S to this point and as we've pointed out in our review, it's the same tune sung again: Good hardware, less good software.

As an aside, current information for UK buyers is that vMall will be the only place to get a Mate S at this point, with seemingly no plans for local carrier support.

In any case, if you've got a hankering for one, hit the link below to get your pre-order on.