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Innovation or copycat? Huawei unveiled a 5.5" Mate S with Force Touch before the iPhone 6s Plus

Huawei Mate S chassis colors

Huawei Mate S chassis colors

Huawei, the third-largest phone maker in the world, recently announced the Mate S - a unibody aluminum 5.5-incher with Force Touch display and a "coral pink" version. Apple took the wraps off an iPhone 6s Plus the other day, and, surprise, surprise, it is a sealed aluminum 5.5-incher, and the newest color scheme for it is rose gold.

Apple iPhone 6s Plus colors

Apple iPhone 6s Plus colors

Huawei even mocked the team from Cupertino that its Mate S creation is "from head to toes" rose gold, unlike the 6s Plus that is white in the front. The similarities don't end with this chassis color, though, as the Mate S comes in largely the same hues as Apple's creation - gold, rose gold, dark grey, and a silverish one. Of course, the Mate S has a much better screen-to-body ratio, though that's not hard to achieve against Apple's phablets, given the largish circular home key at the front.

Moreover, it sports a 5.5" panel with 1080p resolution, just like the iPhone 6s Plus, and has a 13 MP camera with RGBW sensor and OIS, against Apple's 12 MP camera with RGBW sensor and OIS. The icing on the cake, however, is that the Mate S was announced with a version that carries a pressure-sensitive Force Touch display, and Huawei even mentions the phrase "3D touch" in the technology's description on its website. Apple? Well, its new pressure-sensitive screen tech, as found in the iPhone 6s Plus, is called "3D Touch."

Huawei even priced the Mate S way above what most other Chinese makers price their flagships, bordering it on the iPhone 6s Plus tags, as in Europe both handsets will cost north of €800. Long story short, Huawei will have a 5.5-incher with aluminum unibody, a pressure-sensitive display, and in colors similar to the iPhone 6s Plus, about the time that Apple's phablet hits the shelves en masse everywhere. 

This is why we wanted to ask you whether you think Huawei innovated by unveiling the Mate S about a week before the iPhone 6s Plus, or whether it is simply copying its way to the top, overhearing what new tech and new colors will come with Apple's second-gen phablet. Take your pick, and sound off in the comments.

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Huawei Mate S, innovation or copycat?
Innovation 56.99% (1496 votes) (1496 votes)
Copycat 43.01% (1129 votes) (1129 votes)

2625 votes

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posted on 11 Sep 2015, 07:14 47

1. Zomer (Posts: 306; Member since: 31 May 2013)

The most usless poll i've ever seen. Pressure sensitive touchscreen have been around for a long time.

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 07:15 5

3. neela_akaash (Posts: 1226; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


posted on 11 Sep 2015, 07:17 4

4. Daftama (Posts: 619; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Maybe they copied air view....who cares

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 07:50 30

23. TSMan2 (banned) (Posts: 363; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)

The point here is, the media to make this 3 dimensional BS popular. Attacing us with article after article. No matter positive or not so. Brainwashing the ppl. As they always did with all Apple's magic .
Then the same menial media will say with hypocrisy: Wow Apple make every "new trend" .
Remember how few years the media didn't mention the one-hand operation on Note?? But when iPhone 6Plus came , the "reachability" joke , was first to mention.
Same now with , the Apple Pencil. Most of the media don't even mention Samsung(where Apple copy Note Pro12.2") but always compare iPad Pro with Surface.(omg , or tech media are just ignorant to compare real PC with large iOS phone?)
No. They just want to ignore Samsung and the greatest S-Pen. Because Samsung are not US company.

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 07:55 4

28. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 986; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)

Wow... you have really shown the black face of media in few short statements. Kudos


posted on 11 Sep 2015, 08:10 14

38. RajRicardo (Posts: 454; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)

I see so much hate today on other OEMs. Dafaq is wrong with PA?
Apple refilled their bank accounts.

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 10:17 4

74. edpypf (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Sep 2015)

Yeah, without Steve, Apple became a copycat now, see this release, Microsoft Surface Pro, Samsung Pen, Mi 's pink, Huawei's Force Touch, Sony's game console, 2G memory, what's new?

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 10:34 8

77. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1079; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)

Except the Surface doesn't run a useless OS. It runs full Windows on any Surface Pro, or the Surface 3.

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 11:31 2

83. Dude2014 (Posts: 447; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)

Totally agree. Biased and useless poll. Lol How could Huawei copy Apple when iPhone 6s wasn't even announced yet??? Are they saying you could copy someone when you JUST HEARD what someone's planning to do not from that person himself but from 3rd party??? That logic LMAO

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 13:35 2

93. Geek.T (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 Apr 2015)

there must be one more option - "whatever"

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 14:14 8

94. TSMan2 (banned) (Posts: 363; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)

Absolutely !!!! OMG what a doctored poll. LOL
Giving the two questions like this , doesn't give options that this Force Touch BS has nothing to do with INNOVATION.
1)If you choose to vote against "Innovation" , you are obliged to vote that Huawai copy Apple.
2)If you want to say with your vote, that Huawai DITN'T COPY Apple , you must vote that this Force Touch is an INNOVATION.
In both cases Apple win.

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 18:23 2

104. Mister-Z- (banned) (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Sep 2015)

That's why they got rid of lots of Android , fandroids. Look at Apple articles now, its only 2 or 3 hating on it, last year and 2-3 years ago, every Apple blogs use to get bashed and hated. There were 20- 30 Android users commenting on Apple related articles. Look at it now. Apple is paying PhoneArena back hand.

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 18:34 1

105. Ahovking (Posts: 711; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)

Pressure sensitive touchscreen have been around for a long time, Yes just like Touch screens being around a lot time before the iPhone.

The problem is, its been around a lot time and android does currently supports it and Phones like LG has it already built it...the problem is the lack of vision when it comes to what force touch could be used for, Android has done nothing with it and everytime they did it was implemented horribly and quietly removed.

It reminds me of touchscreens before 2007 when everyone was trying to get touchscreen phones to work and the implemented of them were horribly.

Apple seems to have found a way of implementing Pressure sensitive touchscreen in a way that could be very much useful.

(You now have normal press, long press (which is already being used) and now a new third user input).

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 20:49 1

113. gehrig (Posts: 325; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)

The Apple Watch and the Macbook. They both had Force Touch. Boom.

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 21:55 3

115. almostdone (Posts: 236; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)

Where is the poll about Apple's pencil? Innovation or copycat?

Typicaly iPhoneArena propaganda...

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 00:16 2

116. techperson211 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

Typical PA article always in apple side. How much was it this time?

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 09:14

120. sgodsell (Posts: 4542; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

To sum it up, forced touch or 3D touch adds a new dimension to the touch screen. It just adds to existing touch interface, which users still need the touch interface because its still the primary input method. Also developers still have to code for the older iPhones or Androids that don't have force or 3D touch. So in all honesty, this new add-on to the touchscreen is still more of a gimmick, and it will be this way for quite some time.

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 09:40

121. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)

Well i think that the Huawei one looks a lot better and also none are innovation and both are copycat why:
None of them invent anything like at all not the force touch not the gold rose color not anything they was all exist before.
It's only PA that sides Apple and want to say that it have innovation even fingerprint scanner wasn't their invitation.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 08:07

124. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3733; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

We're all just waiting for you to get banned again, Arte.

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 07:15 13

2. Busyboy (Posts: 623; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)

Obvious copycat. Anyone who disagrees is a butthurt fandroid.

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 07:28 31

13. neela_akaash (Posts: 1226; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)

I guess you are right. Apple really copied Huawei's implementation. Or may be Huawei copied Mr. Crook's dream before they announced iPhone 6s..

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 07:38 19

15. BobbyDigital (Posts: 2095; Member since: 29 May 2014)

More like you're a butthurt iTard.

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 07:39 4

16. mjk2804 (Posts: 32; Member since: 27 Apr 2015)

why dont you think the otherway, Huawei became the Great Artist. ;)

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 07:49 3

22. marorun (Posts: 5029; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)

Well they did come out on the market with it first.
So if for you the fact thats Apple come with it after make the first one who made it a copycat then its prove one thing only you are the butthurt Fanpple ;)

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 07:53 16

25. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 986; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)

you are a psycho moron. Those who think Mate S copied are psycho. Reality is Huawei beat apple to the punch. They released the technology before apple was intending to release. This is called competition.

All athlets intend to win the race but only one get the glory. Do we call atheletes, a copycat? just bcoz they all think and prepare for the same thing? they even workout n prepare in the same way

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 08:15 8

39. Busyboy (Posts: 623; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)

Haha these butthurt comments are incredible. Calling anyone stupid and psycho for disagreeing... Only fandroids I guess

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 08:18 10

43. neela_akaash (Posts: 1226; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)

I would suggest PA to make a poll between Pencil and S-Pen..... it will attract far more clicks than this poll.

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 08:21 3

45. Busyboy (Posts: 623; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)

Lol, you can't say Huawei released the technology before Apple. Maybe in a phone yes, but as a whole nope.

Waiting for enraged fandroids in 3,2,1..

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 08:27 8

47. Diezparda (Posts: 879; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)

Ohhh now you are playing innocent heheh that's funy...

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 08:35 16

49. Ordinary (Posts: 2443; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)

In terms of patents it was Samsung.

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