Apple is expected to bring Force Touch to the iPhone early next month, but before then Huawei could reveal its own competing feature. The Chinese company has been teasing a new smartphone with something called “Incredible Touch” ahead of its IFA event next week.
Two images shared on Weibo by Zhang Xiaoyun, the chief managing officer of Huawei’s consumer business group, reveal how the feature might work. One teaser shows that you’ll be able to launch the camera by drawing a C on the screen. Another image suggests you’ll be able to launch other options with a hard press, depicted by the ripples expanding out from the finger.
Huawei’s already tried out some interesting gesture controls in the past. The P8 can even tell whether you’re tapping the screen with a finger or a knuckle and respond accordingly. Tapping on P8’s display twice with your knuckle automatically snaps a screenshot, though in our own review we found the feature didn’t perform as well as promised.
Hopefully these gesture controls will work better on the new phone. Earlier this month we got a look at the alleged device, which appears to sport a curved back. This could be the rumored Huawei Mate 8, though it could also be a Mate 7 Plus or a slimmed down Mate 7 Mini. Thankfully we won’t have to wait much longer to find out. The company’s IFA press event is already set for September 2.