Huawei weigh orange Mate S Force Touch

Last month, Huawei made headlines by introducing a phone with Force Touch before Apple. Everyone knew that Apple was releasing a phone with Force Touch, (now more appropriately named 3D Touch in the iPhone 6s) so Huawei probably thought it was a good idea to strike preemptively and build off of the already established momentum.

The result, as you can see from the following video, is a mixed bag. While Apple’s implementation is focused with a defining purpose, Huawei’s version seems to be all over the place. Judge for yourselves…

To be fair, the Mate S featured in the video is a prototype model, but Huawei felt confident enough to let it be filmed publicly, so it’s fair game if you ask me.

Now compare that to 3D Touch:

After using 3D Touch, I can say without a doubt that Apple nailed it. This, on the other hand? Not so much.

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  • John Wickham

    Did they actually brand it as “Force Touch?” Because if so, at least change the name…

    • Yes, at least at their keynote they did.

    • DevXav

      Mokey see, mokey do.

      • Bugs Bunnay

        mokey huh? new creature? I don’t suppose they are related to monkeys?

      • Gerardo Castro

        Pretty ironic coming from someone whose username is “Bugs Bunnay.” What is that a bootleg Looney Tune? The Goofy Tunes?

      • Bugs Bunnay

        I don’t see where you’re going with this castro. you trying to play something on me?

      • DevXav

        All I know is that he has a point..

        btw, I corrected the comment.

  • Quang

    That is the difference between innovation and copycat

    • utsav koju

      Huh. Who copy what? Have you ever seen any of these features on apple watch?

      • Quang

        I said Huawei copied force touch!!! ._.
        I have an Apple Watch btw

      • utsav koju

        Thats funny man. Huawei has just implemented one of the input idea apple has innovated. Thats not copying. And software wise. Huawei approach of using the input mechanism is way different that apples.

      • Moltakfire

        They implemented it without any innovation, spark, or creativity. That sure sounds like copying to me, and a pretty lacklustre copy at that.

  • baiducloud

    Enlarge the photo!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • japplemusik

      Because it’s so much more easier than taking two fingers and spreading them apart…… lol. First, first, first, but not good, great, or useful.

      • ravinigga

        Actually its pretty handy for 1 hand use.

      • RarestName

        Double tap.

  • ClaudieX X

    Sending to the market something that is not finished but to be the first… is soooo Opa Samsung style… 😀

    • John

      I know, how nervous did the guy sound “There’s these hot corners……..they should be working but oh well, it’s a prototype so, yeah…”

      • ClaudieX X

        He pressed the corner so much that he almost break the screen

      • John

        *tap* *tap* *tap*

        “The new Huawei is designed to break as a security measure” (or some shit like that)

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      • Yujin

        It also biodegrades with your sweat…lol

      • Tim

        Or it could be that he didn’t have the hot corners enabled from settings.

      • John

        If that was the case, pretty stupid since that’s the feature he was trying to promote.

      • DevXav

        Yeah, that’s exactly the reason!

        Specially because he couldn’t get that fixed before making the video public..

        No, wait…

      • Tim

        Remember he is just a civilian blogger from mobilegeeks not a Hauwei representative. The phone could clearly weigh a can of soda as opposed to only 2 pressure levels in the iphone.

      • LJ/Xandir

        Actually it seems the iPhone can detect more pressure levels than that. Like when playing a game such as AG Drive you can see the acceleration and deceleration vary greatly depending on the level of touch.

      • SkyFall

        3D Touch can detect more pressure levels. 3 are the default for Peek and Pop, but sketch apps (or games) can have more levels, for a more realistic experience.

      • Tim

        Then that’s great, I stand corrected.

      • SkyFall

        Well maybe in the near future there’ll be an app that its core purpose is to act as a scale…

  • abazigal

    This just goes to show that while it may be easy to get a prototype idea and push a beta concept out there, it is much harder to refine it until it results in a great user experience for the end consumer. Apple reportedly spent more than 3 years on Force Touch, and it shows. Huawei probably rushed this out the moment they saw force touch on the Apple Watch and heard it might be included in the iPhone 6S, and …. it shows as well.

    I am sorry, but was anyone actually clamouring for the ability to use your phone as a weighing scale? I suppose it could work in a pinch, but I am leery of any feature that basically expects you to keep knocking a surface with objects.

    • askep3

      I’m happy huawei came out with this, now we have a half finished copy to compare the full, complete iPhone version too.

      People just think, ok you can press harder, but that’s not it, it isn’t easy to implement in a device, and now we have a comparison!

      • @sexyhamthing

        The video called it a prototype… Im sure that apple had something akin to this at a point

      • John

        True BUT would Apple be stupid to show off a prototype that failed this badly?

        (The have showed off something similar…but that failed because wifi failed)

      • It may indeed be a prototype, but once you officially show it off, it’s fair game to be praised or ridiculed.

  • Phil Randle

    Nothing that they added in the phone makes sense for the force touch technology that they have added. You could see that Apple had been planning for 3D Touch for a long time, for the first version, it works remarkably well, and now that I have used it, I want it in everything. It has already changed the way I use some apps, like Instagram.

    Before I would go down the trending list and if I saw something I liked, I would tap on it, and start exploring that page, now I can use 3D Touch and continue going do the list and liking them as I go, and then when I want to explore the pages of the pictures I liked, I can just go and look at my likes. Its kept me focused on the things I am doing, rather then getting distracted by tapping in to other elements of the app.

  • kickinghorse99

    I hate pressing… That’s why i replaced the home button with the finger sensor. Just my preference but those extra menu is an awesome feature.

    • besrate hogsa

      my prediction for phone 7
      the home button will be removed

      • askep3

        Yeah and just have a virtual button with force touch and Taptic Engine, and when you watch videos or play games it goes away! (Or something like that hopefully!)

      • besrate hogsa

        something like that

      • We can dream!

      • John

        Wrong! What about Touch ID? They just implemented Touch ID 2.0, why would they scrap that as soon as they implemented it?

      • besrate hogsa

        we were talking about virtual home button
        in short it means no pressing
        just touch like the jailbreak tweak called virtual homebutton

      • John

        I understand what you’re talking about but I can’t imagine they would release Touch ID 2.0 for only one generation of phone and then scrap it all together.

        It doesn’t seem like a very “Apple” thing to do.

      • Matheus Lisboa

        They are working on a technology to implement touch id on the screen itself

      • besrate hogsa

        that will be cool

  • Marlena Millare

    I’m sorry that looked awful. It didn’t work. It seemed clumsy and it looked like a magnifying glass lmao

  • Anonymous

    Apple nailed it for sure. But hot conner is a cool concept.

    • That’s been in OSX for ages. And for those who Jailbreak it’s been a part of Activator.

      • Anonymous

        Yea i am awear of that. I was simply refering to the use if them on a phone, and as a stock feture. Competition is great, it is the driving force behind both apple and it competitors. Although, jailbreaking is great, why hailbreak for a feture if you can have it stock. With the use of hot conners used on a phone apple us likly to roll iver the feture to there own products with tume.

  • besrate hogsa

    enough with the iphone 6s posts

    • Sharkey311

      LOL umm what else are you wanting them to post about right now? It literally just came out. Are you insane?

      • @sexyhamthing

        iDownloadblog published 5 paragraphs about having a 30-second screen time out.

        There are no standards on this site.

      • Nathan

        Money is money. ;P

      • besrate hogsa

        LOL what else are you wanting me to comment
        Are you insane?

      • Sharkey311

        No but clearly you are.

      • besrate hogsa

        Clearly you didn’t get the joke!
        take it easy

    • John

      Don’t view if you don’t like.

      Fragile princesses like yourself hated when iDB continuously posted about the Apple Watch when that was first released.

      Just like how I don’t like on jailbreaking articles because it’s something I’m not interested in, there is no one forcing you to click on these articles and read them. Ignore them…is that so difficult to do?

      • besrate hogsa

        hey man we have the right to comment on any post at iDB

        and we have the right to view any post even if we don’t like it

        so get used it

      • John

        There’s nothing I have to get used to princess, you’re the one who is complaining not me.

        Perhaps that sentence should be flipped–While the iPhone 6s is trending and popular iDB will continue to write about it, so YOU need to get used to it, okay?

      • besrate hogsa

        hey princess2 let me understand this
        you are complaining about me complaining
        then you are the bigger princess than i am

      • Shinonuke

        That’s a whacky way of thinking. So smart and clever, aren’t we?

      • besrate hogsa

        I like the “wacky” part
        Not so much about smart and clever

  • Noohar

    Is it just me but does that look relatively crap…

  • Matheus Lisboa

    That looks so rushed like “apple is going to release it, let’s run so we can say we putted it on a phone first”…. I liked the scale though, really handy

  • It’s the difference between scrambling to be ‘first!’ and doing it for the right reasons from the beginning.

  • Yujin

    Can the iPhone 3D Touch actually weight a small object?

    • DevXav

      Not sure, but i’m certain a precision weight balance does that!

  • T_Will

    This is so much better than the 6s, I mean where is Apple’s very useful version of the “orange scale”?? 😛

  • Damian

    And android still could not get most of those features right.

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