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To Mate or Note to Mate

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Premium. The one description, be it on the spec sheet or in the build quality, most people sought after when going for a smartphone. With technology getting more and more advanced, the premium feel has begun to spill down the price pyramid to the point where even midrange phones can give users that “premium feel”. However, these lower end “premium” smartphones usually come with some corners cut to keep the price low.

I love a great bargain, phones like the OnePlus One or the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, have great specs for their price, but you can clearly see what was left out. Today though, it isn’t about the best value for money. Today, it’s about two phones that sit close to the top of the price point hierarchy, an echelon where there can be no compromises because anything lower than the best would be unacceptable.

Today is about the Huawei Mate S and the Samsung Galaxy Note5.

As these devices are priced so similarly (RM2,698 for the Mate S and RM2,699 for the Galaxy Note5) the question most people are interested in is “which do I buy?”. Well, we’re pitting these two behemoths against each other in a head-to-head comparison to help you answer that question a little better.

Let me be clear upfront, I won’t go over every detail of each device, rather the devices will be judged on how premium or special they make you feel. If I were going to shell out over two and a half thousand ringgit on a device, I want to make sure that the device is absolutely the best device in every single aspect I could ever purchase with that kind of money. That’s a tall order, but I’m sure if you were going to blow your savings on a purchase like this you wouldn’t settle for anything less. With that out of the way, onwards into the field of battle!

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