Huawei Scale Mate S Force Touch

The IFA trade show in Berlin is well under way, and Huawei, Chinese OEM of Android smartphones, just announced its Mate S—a new smartphone with Force Touch-esque technology incorporated into the screen. Of course, Huawei isn’t officially calling it “Force Touch” in its press materials, but it is doing so via hashtags in tweets from its official Twitter account.

During its press event, Huawei took the opportunity to show off its new force-sensing screen weighing an orange by placing the piece of fruit on top of the Mate S’ screen. I have to admit, that’s kind of cool, but it also seems a bit odd at the same time.

Huawei Mate S

Here’s what Huawei had to say about the new touch input feature in its press release:

“Our goal in designing the Huawei Mate S was to develop a smartphone that offers a personalized experience, rather than a commoditized one,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG. “The Huawei Mate S is based on insights we gathered about human interaction – most notably that touch is a natural action we take to understand our world. The Huawei Mate S redefines how we incorporate touch technology into our smartphones, breaking through the conventional way of touch screen control and ushering in new imagination for human-machine interaction.”

That press statement doesn’t really say much, but to be fair, Huawei did show off some of the phone’s features on stage in Berlin.

Along with the Force Touch-like screen, buyers can expect a large 5.5″ 1080p screen, a 13 Megapixel shooter, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of on board flash storage, and two SIM slots. The Mate S also features an all metal design with chamfered edges and a slim profile.

I guess its as only a matter of time before other phone manufactures jumped on the pressure-sensitive screen boat, and to be honest, details are still relatively scarce as to how well the pressure-sensitive screen will work with software. We do know that by applying pressure to the screen you can zoom into photos or open apps. We also know, as demonstrated with the aforementioned orange bit, that the Mate S will work as a mobile scale.

However the final product ends up turning out, this is good press for Huawei. Although Force Touch technology already exists in current products that Apple ships, such as the Apple Watch, Huawei was able to beat Apple to the punch of sorts by announcing a smart phone with a pressure-sensitive screen before next week’s Apple event.

Of course, one could make the argument that the universally panned BlackBerry Storm of yesteryear did it first, but that wasn’t the same technology, as it relied on a simple click of the screen instead of true pressure sensitivity.

Details are still scarce as to how many countries will actually land the pressure-sensitive version of Huawei’s Mate S. As far as price goes, we’ve heard that the Mate S will start at €650 (about $730USD). Personally, I’d love to get my hands on a Mate-S and do a comparison with the iPhone 6s, which has been long-rumored to receive Force Touch technology.

What do you think about Huawei’s move? Do you think we’ll see more Android OEM’s dip their toes in the pressure-sensitive waters?

  • Jon K

    Shocking, Android OEMs cant think of an original idea between them all and have to constantly copy Apple.

    • Benedict

      If it would be Apple’s idea, they should have a patent on it!?

      • robmak3

        Well, I read in another article, this is launching in select markets- like China- who always opt for the Chinese brand over American even if they are right. And it isn’t launching in U.S., cause the U.S. Patent it has

      • Benedict

        Of course it is launching in the US in September. Also Europe and Australia. So there can’t be a patent on it.

      • Your Mother

        and if apple doesn’t have a patent on it its because they didn’t invent it and if they didn’t event it then its not their idea and if its not their idea how can someone be accused of copying apple?

      • JayV81

        Bc they were first to implement it you donkey.

    • Your Mother

      smart watches
      health and fitness apps
      “pro” sized tablets

      just to name a few of the things other OEMs did beore apple, some of these things done years ago.

      in iOS 9 you’re going to get multi window, floating video and power saving mode–say Thank you Samsung.

      the apple watch will soon get a band with sensors in it, say thank you again to Samsung.

      as a matter of fact, since the iPhone 4S apple has had ZERO new ideas. most of what they’re doing now is copying what’s already been available on Android for years.

      from iOS 7, 8 & the upcoming 9 there are more than 50 “new” features that come straight from Android alone.

      • Hider141

        And people still kiss Apple’s ass and worship them as gods that invented the air, water and land. Unfortunately, this is the f*cked up world that we live in.

      • JayV81

        Yeah like they copy Apple Pay, Touch ID, 3D Touch, first phone with pinch to zoom & multitouch screen, and not to mention OEMs are now copying Apple’s premium look. Ditching their removal batteries and SD card slots to be more like iDevices. haha xD

  • Shadowelite123

    Where are the Force Touch haters? Are they running late?

    • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

      Here I am 😀

      • Shadowelite123

        Welcome! Force Touch FTW!!!

    • Your Mother

      probably having coffee with the people who said 4.7″ displays are too big.

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    “Guess the weight?” I’d like to put 500 kilograms on it to see if it will “guess” correctly.

    • Okada San

      Since 1 kg = roughly 2.2 lbs, that would be a heavy ass orange. 😉

  • TJ

    These press releases make me laugh, what a load of BS. Why didn’t they just say “Apple’s bringing Force Touch to the iPhone, so we thought we’d copy and do the same”.

    • Your Mother

      probably for the same reason apple didnt admit to copying Android when they release all those “new features” in iOS 7, 8 & the upcoming 9.

      and for the same reason apple didnt admit copying when they introduced a phablet sized iPhone, a Pro sized iPad and the Gear 2, I mean apple watch.

  • Alberto Espinal

    Monkey see Monkey do!

    • Your Mother

      as in iOS 7, 8 & 9 with all those Android features or as in a Phablet sized iPhone or as in the apple watch or as in the iPad pro or any one of no less than 50 other things apple has done after another OEM did it first.

  • Chindavon

    Reminds me of Samsung rolling out the 13″ tablet when rumors went hot and heavy on iPad pro.

    • Your Mother

      Samsung first discussed a pro sized tablet back in 2011. there was zero talk of a plus sized iPad until late 2014.

      in fact, the Galaxy Tab 11.6 with 2560×1600 resolution is what made apple up the iPad display resolution.

      IF you take the time to look, as opposed to just saying what you want to be true, there are plenty of articles from 2011 about the Samsung tablet.

      just for reference. the iPad came out in 2010 so Samsung talking pro sized and ultra high resolution way back in 2011 is amazing.

      • Chindavon

        You can be as blind about it as you want. It’s not coincidence that Samsung takes Apple rumors or product launches and tries to beat them to the punch to introduce it, only to half-azz it and launch crappy products that don’t sell. The Tech blogosphere can produce a rumor that Apple is making anti-skid mark tighty-whities and Samsung will have one out next week.

      • Hider141

        Maybe if you’d pull out your head from Apple’s ass you would see what “Your Mother” said, and that is: “Samsung first discussed a pro sized tablet back in 2011. there was zero talk of a plus sized iPad until late 2014.” How could Samsung copy Apple’s ideas, when Apple didn’t even want to talk about a phone screen larger than 4″, and the idea of an iPad larger than 9,7″ wasn’t even in their dreams???

      • Chindavon

        I see that you and Mother share the same sphincter. I can give a rats azz about “talk” back in the day. Pay attention to the timeline. It’s an obvious monkey see monkey do.

  • igorsky

    People always say “what’s the big deal about leaks and rumors”…well here it is. Shitbag companies like Huawei jump all over these rumors to be first to the punch.

    • Your Mother

      or they can just copy after a product is released like apple does.

      rumors and leaks mean nothing. apple didnt invent the tech so if they decided to use something why cant someone else?

      apple never get accused of copying even when its painfully obvious like in iOS 7, 8 & the upcoming 9.

      I cant wait to hear what you have to say when iOS 9 introduces floating video and multi window like Samsung did on the Galaxy S3 of 2012 and power saving mode on the S5.

  • DevXav

    If i were Apple i would announce something like a honney pot..

    1) Next generation of iPhones are going to be 100% fall proof
    2) Shows ad of someone dropping iPhone from the Airplane
    3) Wait for 7 days
    4) Watch + laugh while Shamesung and whatever other bullshit company release a new piece of cr4p with that totally useless feature.
    5) Instead of a cr4p, release a new iPhone with a disruptive technology.
    6) Win + Troll.

    • Your Mother

      If I was Samsung I would announce something like.

      – a “Pro” tablet with a large display and a stylus
      – a Jumbo sized phone that people would nickname a Phablet
      – a smart watch
      – a health and fitness app
      – 7.7″ tablet
      – ** floating video, multi window and ultra power saving mode.

      oh, wait….apple already copied that.

      • DevXav

        oh, wait….apple had already released the disruptive technology before all those things you mentioned were released and than the others only that.

        Let me help you with that:

        First iPhone release date.
        First iPad release date.

        Enjoy being too late.

      • JayV81

        It doesn’t matter what you say bc the fact is the iPhone came out way before any crappy Android phone and changed the industry forever. After seeing the iPhone’s revolutionary pinch to zoom and multitouch technology the Android developers ditched the blackberry type Android phones they were working and went back to the drawing board to work on something more like Apple iPhone. Instead of hating you should be thanking Apple.

  • Huawei is the new Samsung 😛

    • Your Mother

      a 720p 4.7″ display with phone with NFC, & 8mp rear camera, a 1.9mp front camera, notification shade and quick access to settings.

      the all new Samsung Galaxy S3 of 2012 is now the iPhone 6 of 2014.

  • Guy

    Trending pattern with Android OEM’s.
    Android OEM’s will push out features or new product lines base off Apple rumors. Even if the end results are terrible.

    • Your Mother

      such as?

      • JayV81

        Apple Watch rumors is the only reason Samsung rushed out a crappy watch no one uses. I have yet to see one in the wild.

  • 空白

    I have a feeling they’re gonna sue Apple for infringement because they were first to announce.

    • JayV81

      Apple Watch was announced before it with Force Touch Technology.

  • Tim

    But this is truly bigger than force touch

  • Tommy

    Appalling how everyone here is pissed when a company releases a feature similar to Apple’s but when the opposite happens, it’s all praise and worthy.

    I must applaud Jeff for being so neutral on this article.

    I understand that this is an Apple blog but as an Apple user myself, I find it pathetic that people here just have to rant about everything under the sky.

    They like to be monopolized by Apple. What if no one did a similar feature, and thus doesn’t give Apple competition, and with no competition, Apple need not feel pressured to improve their products?

    Yes, all the commenters down here just love being monopolized and owned by Apple.

    • Moltakfire

      Please. Companies aren’t even hiding the fact that they’re copying Apple anymore.

      If you’re coming to an Apple blog, as an Apple user, what do you expect? People furiously defending Huawei for (what is obviously) a blatant copy?

      Even the Mate S design is a rip-off. Jump off your high horse with all your disgust for the people who can clearly see what Huawei are doing.

      • Your Mother

        So apple hasn’t copied anyone? apple came up with the idea for a Phablet sized iPhone after Samsung made it popular. apple released a watch after Android OEMs, iOS 7, 8 & 9 have more than 50 features that were totally unavailable to any iPhone while at the same time was on any Android phone since almost from the beginning.

        will apple hide the fact that they will have multi window, floating video and power saving mode like Samsung? will they hide the fact that the Galaxy Tab pro with a stylus has been around the block before the upcoming iPad pro with stylus?

        did apple hide the fact that they were not at all interested in fitness and health until after Samsung did it with the S4?

        I can name close to 100 things apple did after Android OEMs did them first–and did them quite well.

        the point he was making is a valid one. apple blog or not its hypocritical and childish how you guys rant on and on about some feature apple rumored to be working on vs what apple blatantly copied from Android.

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