Huawei beats Apple to the Force Touch punch with the Mate S

Today’s a busy day for those in the Tech world, thanks to IFA 2015 in Berlin. We’ve seen announcements from Huawei, ASUS, and Acer, and are expecting plenty of more over the course of the rest of the week. In addition to announcing and opening pre-orders for the Huawei Watch, Huawei has announced their latest flagship device.

The Mate S is Huawei’s latest flagship to grace the market, and includes quite a few stunning features. Sporting a 5.5-inch 1080p Gorilla Glass display with a contrast ratio of 1.8M:1. What’s more surprising about this display is the fact that Huawei has beat Apple to the punch by introducing Force Touch Technology.

For those who aren’t sure exactly what Force Touch technology is, here’s a little run down. Force Touch technology allows your device to recognize exactly how hard you press down on the screen. By being able to track this, manufacturers can then program the device to react to certain pressures on the device. In the case of the Mate S, users will have various gestures that can be used to open up various applications and perform various tasks while in other applications.

The Mate S is also sporting a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone, below the 13-megapixel camera. The camera will be paired with Optical Image Stabilization and an RGBW sensor, allowing the device to have more vivid pictures, without having to worry about shaky hands. Also, the front of the Mate S will have an 8-megapixel camera for those great selfies that everyone loves to take.

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Below the surface, the Mate S will have 3GB of RAM with an octa-core Kirin 935 processor. As for storage, there will be three variants; 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. However the 128GB variant of the Mate S will be available later this year, while the 32GB and 64GB variants will ship alter this month.

Last but not least, the Huawei Mate S will sport a 2700mAh battery, which while it seems tiny compared to other devices of this size, the Mate S will also have Quick Charge capabilities. While this isn’t the greatest news, the addition of Quick Charge will help make sure that you make it at least a full day on one single charge.

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As for pricing of the Mate S, you will be able to get the Standard 32GB for €649 ($729) and Premium Mate S for €699 ($786). The Mate S will be up for pre-order on September 15th from Huawei’s Vmall store. Huawei will also provide more details on the 128GB variant later this year.