The latest flagship smartphone from Huawei, the Huawei Mate S, seems to openly taunt at the upcoming iPhone 6s. At IFA 2015 Berlin, Huawei announced that its latest smartphone as the first phone to ever feature Force Touch, a technology that allows the display of the phone to measure how hard you’re pressing on the smartphone’s glass screen, beating Apple to the game. The technology is first introduced by Apple on its Apple Watch and subsequently on the MacBooks.
Huawei Mate S is a phalet-sized phone that comes with a 5.5-inch LCD display 1080p resolution. Sealed with a curved 2.5D Gorilla Glass similar to those of the iPhone 6, Mate S is powered by Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 935 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and has 32GB worth of internal storage plus a microSD card slot for boosting the storage to 128GB.
For snappers, Huawei Mate S is a capable 13-megapixel rear camera that has optical image stabilising capabilities, a RGBW sensor and a dual color temperature LED flash. The front-facing camera comes with 8-megapixel selfie-friendly optics as well. Like most smartphone camera these days, Huawei Mate S also allows you to adjust ISO, exposure compensation and white balance manually with its camera app.
However, the most talked about feature about the Mate S has to be the Force Touch. Being the first smartphone company introduce this pressure sensitive technology to a smartphone, Huawei will ‘pioneer’ new gesture controls like tapping or pressing harder to access certain features and short-cuts. One of the Force Touch feature we are excited to try is using the screen to calculate weight. Kitchen scales be gone!
The diamond-cut metal unibody Mate S runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and comes with a fingerprint scanner located on the back of the smartphone. Available in gold, titanium grey, silver and pink colour options, the 32GB dual SIM Mate S is priced at approximately $1,035. Pre-orders for Huawei Mate S will begin on September 15 on its vMall website.