This year’s IFA conference in Berlin is turning out to be quite rich in new product announcements. Huawei too is present in Berlin where it has announced the brand new Huawei Mate S smartphone with a couple of interesting features.
Huawei has recently released some decent handsets and now the company has officially unveiled the heavily leaked Mate S smartphone. The handset comes with a slightly decreased size than the Ascend Mate 7 that it succeeds, featuring a 5.5-inch LCD display with a 1080p resolution. Here’s how all of its specs and main features look like:
- 5.5-inch display with a 1080p resolution
- 2.2GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 935 processor with Mali T-628 MP4 GPU
- 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage expandable with microSD up to 128GB
- 13 megapixel rear camera (RGBW sensor, optical image stabilizer, dual color temperature LED flash) with a 8 megapixel front one
- 2,700mAh battery
- EMUI 3.1 OS based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
Regarding its build, the smartphone does look impressive and that’s probably thanks to the diamond-cut metal unibody design. It also features 2.5D Gorilla Glass and smooth curved edges. There’s also a fingerprint scanner located on the back of the smartphone and it can also be used to erase unread notifications, preview pictures, and accept phone calls. Huawei is expected to launch the next Nexus this year, and don’t be surprised if it’s based on similar design as the Mate S.
The handset also comes with Knuckle Sense 2.0 technology which allows users to interact with the display using certain knuckle based gestures, such as drawing a “C” for camera or while double-clicking the screen with a knuckle for various other features.
But one specific feature that makes the Huawei Mate S special, is the ‘Force Touch‘ technology of the display which allows it to sense how hard a user is pressing on the screen. Thus, this would enable various functions, such as pressing harder over an image to magnify the preview of the picture, while a strong press in the corner of the phone’s display would bring up access to app short-cuts. Although the Chinese company doesn’t officially call it like that, since Apple is using that term (in Macbook), the company did mention that specific term in its social media postings.
The Huawei Mate S will first be available in Western Europe and will go on sale from September 15th. This is indeed a nice device, but it’s not for everybody, as the standard version will cost 649 euros and will be available in either mystique champagne or titanium grey with 3GB RAM/32GB storage while the 699 Euro premium version will ship in prestige gold or coral pink along with 64GB and the same amount of RAM.