China’s Huawei Technologies unveiled a new smartphone on Wednesday, taking aim at the high end of the market, which is dominated by Apple and Samsung Electronics. But is that good ? Let’s find out.
Force Touch is the big feature expected to headline the launch of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, and Huawei’s stolen Apple’s thunder. Huawei Mate S has launched with Force Touch at IFA.
The Mate S continues that trend with an all metal body, trading the plastic cutouts of the Mate 7 for the lines across the back and edges of the phone seen on many other competing metal phones. Up front, the Mate S features a 5.5-inch Full HD display with a screen color saturation of 105 percent of the RGB gamut and a contrast ratio of 1800000:1.
The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which should make it difficult to scratch or damage – above the display, we have an 8MP front facing camera. Huawei Mate S features a brushed metal finish and the slim volume and power keys on the right provide tactile feedback. On the left, the Huawei Mate S has the SIM card and microSD card – though the microSD card slot can be used as a secondary SIM card tray, and unlike some other dual SIM devices, the Huawei Mate S supports LTE on both SIM cards.
On the back is a 13 megapixel camera and under it lies the fingerprint scanner. Said fingerprint scanner has 100% more read speed than the previous model, says Huawei, and it can also be used to navigate system elements, such as upward or downward swipes for scrolling through photos and notifications.
Huawei has also built its “Knuckle Sense 2.0” technology into the Huawei Mate S. The feature was originally included with the Huawei P8 and allows for users in interact with the display using certain knuckle based gestures. For example, drawing a “C” activates a camera, while double-clicking the screen with a knuckle records a video capture of the display.
The Mate S is also protected by a new nano coating technology that Huawei claim will prevent damage from rain or sweat but the handset doesn’t come with an IP rating and isn’t said to be waterproof. That being said, the slide during Huawei’s press conference do suggest that Huawei Mate S has been designed to withstand splashes of rain or sweat over a long period of time in mind.
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The most interesting is Force Touch, which makes it a pressure sensitive display that can detect how hard you’re pressing it. Huawei says that Huawei Mate S is one of the first smartphones to include a Force Touch display, which can distinguish between a light tap and deep press, enabling access to more functions just by pressing harder. You can zoom in and out of pictures as close as you want by adjusting the amount of force you use to press the display. You can also weigh any object if you wanted. (Don’t know why would you want to weigh something on your phone, but it’s there
|Display||5.5-inch 1080p display|
|Processor||2.2GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 935 processor|
|ROM||32 GB (Expandable via Micro SD Card)|
8 MP Front Facing Camera
13 MP Rear Facing Camera
|Battery||2,700 mAh (Non Removable)|
|Fingerprint Sensor||Yes (Also acts as touch pad)|
|Waterproof||No (Water Resistant)|
|Operating System||EMUI 3.1 based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop|
The Mate S is set to launch in thirty countries in the coming weeks, with pre-orders launching on September 15th and as mentioned, there are three versions to choose from. The Standard version comes with 32GB storage, will be available in Titanium Grey or Mystique Champagne (which is actually silver) colors and has a recommended retail price of INR 48,000 before taxes and subsidies.
The Premium version comes with 64GB storage, will be available in Prestige Gold or Coral Pink colors and has a recommended retail price of INR 52,000 before taxes and subsidies. Huawei hasn’t revealed the colors or pricing for the Force Touch 128GB model but we’ll let you know when we have more info on this.