It must be said that the Huawei Mate S takes the top spot in Huawei’s smartphone range. The handset alongside the Huawei Watch was officially launched as introduction to the South African market this past week in Hyde Park, north of Johannesburg.
The Android-powered Mate S has a metal unibody with a curved back and rounded edges, as is the standard design these days. It measures only 2.65mm thick, the 5.5-inch screen offers 1080p, and on the rear is a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization. There’ll be two versions – standard and premium.
Differentiating them is the Force Touch technology, which – just as we’ve seen on the Apple Watch – tracks not only touchscreen-taps but how hard you press on the display. But where the Mate S really differs is with its use of Force Touch and “Knuckle Sense” technology, which allows the screen to recognize the difference between taps and presses with a finger tip and drags of a finger knuckle. Thus unusual Knuckle Sense feature can spot when you’re sketching out things with your knuckle and treat them as launcher shortcuts.
Force Touch allows users to make specific like gestures, like directional swipes or firm presses, to trigger certain actions. Like, gestures can be made with knuckles, like a long drag across the display to take a screen capture, or drawing a letter to launch specific apps instead of searching for them. Huawei’s demonstration showed launching the camera with the letter “C.”
Along with dual SIM support there’s the 32GB of storage, priced at R10 699 (Vodacom ) and R10 799 (MTN), respectively. Oddly enough, Vodacom has been retailing the device for the past 4 weeks – or so – whilst MTN announced on Friday that they’ll be retailing the device soon. The version with Force Touch will be limited to “select markets,” the company says, but with no details on pricing just yet.