Huawei just unveiled the Mate S, its latest attempt to capture the high-end market with a stunning smartphone. The new handset offers solid specs and some cool new features, though it won’t come cheap.
The Mate S packs a 5.5 1080p display, a 2700mAh battery, an octa-core Kirin processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter, 3GB of RAM and 32/64GB of storage. The sleek aluminum design comes in a variety of colors, including gold, grey, champagne and pink. It features curved 2.5D glass and a pair of speaker grills along the bottom edge.
Huawei’s included a fingerprint reader in back, which it says is 100 percent faster and 100 percent more sensitive than before. It can even be used to answer an incoming call or snap a selfie. Meanwhile, the company’s new Knuckle Sense technology lets you switch between apps by drawing letters with your knuckle. You can also outline an image to crop it and tap twice with your knuckle to quickly share something online.
Finally, the Chinese company is offering its own Force Touch feature, similar to Apple’s technology. The Mate S display can tell how hard you’re pressing down and respond accordingly. It even doubles as a small kitchen scale.
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The Mate S starts a €650 in Europe for the 32GB model, or €699 for 64GB of storage. It’s also headed to parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, though the company hasn’t announced any plans for a U.S. launch.