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See the slender metal body of the Huawei Mate SHuawei's new flagship phone might have a good-looking metal frame and a fancy pressure-sensitive screen, but it comes with too high a price.
[MUSIC] Huawei's phones have typically fallen in the category of cheap and cheerful. But that's not quite the case with th new Mate S. This is a flagship phone with a price to match. Now this phone does do plenty to justify its high price tag. It's got a slim metal design which I think looks quite nice and feels great to hold. The screen is great, it's full HD, nice and crisp. 13 megapixel camera on the back, you can take some great shots. And the fingerprint sensor found just below it works really nicely. One of the main problems I have is the Android software. Huawei has put its own skin on it, which I really don't like. Mostly because it gets rid of the app tray so all your apps are still just on the home screen and it can get get very cluttered and messy. It also seems to slow down the processor a lot so it doesn't fee like nippy phone to use. [UNKNOWN] has tried to compete with apple's 3d touch by allowing you to tap, swipe, or press harder into the screen to perform secondary functions. Now I like this feature a lot on Apple's iPhone, but oh here Qui has done very little to actually put it to use: the technology's there but there is very little you can do with it. It's not that there's anything majorly wrong with the phone, it's basically fine, it's just got too high a price which puts it up alongside flagship phones from some of the other major mobile. Our manufacturers and without the brand sex appeal Huawei is really going to struggle. I'm Andrew Hoyle for CNET and this is the Huawei Mate S. [MUSIC]