Huawei has announced the first smartphone with Force Touch, stealing the thunder of Apple who are expected to announce the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus with the technology on September 9th. Apple had introduced us to Force Touch with the Apple Watch initially and then brought it further in the new Macbook Air. It is widely anticipated that one of the new features of the new iPhones will be the Force Touch technology, which would allow users to use various degrees of pressure on the touch screen as input mechanism which would trigger different actions.
Instead, Huawei has taken the leap with the Mate S which is available in three colors namely: Luxurious Gold, Titanium Grey and Mystic Champagne. The phone comes with a full metallic chassis and similar contact lines to that of an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. It weighs 156 grams and has a 5.5 inch AMOLED display with 1080 P resolution. The SoC on board is a Hisilicon Kirin 935 with Octa Core 64 Bit CPU. The device will come with optional 32/64 or 128 GB internal memory with 3 GB of RAM. The Mate S runs Android 5.1 out of the box with EMUI 3.1 on top of it. The rear camera is a 13 MP unit with OIS while the front camera is 8 MP sensor. Battery on the phone is 2700 mAh and supports LTE.
The USP of the phone is the Force Touch technology as well as the Fingerprint scanner on board which allows for greater security. You also have knuckle touch on board which basically allows you to use your knuckles to open an app or crop and edit pictures easily on the phone. Force touch allows you to use your device like a weighing machine as well as using it for add on features such as zooming in or cropping images. It is worth noting though, that while the Mate S will be available in over 30 countries, the version with Force Touch will be available in only select markets. The device without Force Touch will cost 649 Euros for the 32 GB variant and 699 Euros for the 64 GB variant. The pricing for the version with Force Touch will be revealed only next month.