Huawei Mate S listed on the Oppomart online store, includes Force Touch
Although it is not supposed to be unveiled until September 2nd, the Huawei Mate S already appears on the Oppomart online store. The device is listed at a price of $599, although we are not certain if this is merely a place holder. The listing also includes specs for the phone, which includes a 5.7-inch, 1080 x 1920 resolution screen. That works out to a 386ppi pixel density.
The description of the phone also mentions that it includes Force Touch. This is the feature expected to be offered on the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus. Force Touch allows the screen to differentiate between a light tap on the screen, and a heavier tap. It will allow a device to run two different features with a tap on the same spot of the screen. For example, a regular tap could start a YouTube video while a harder tap in the same spot could raise the volume.
The listing also mentions that the unit will be driven by the home-grown Kirin 935 chipset, which includes an octa-core CPU and the Mali-T628 GPU. 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM is inside, along with 64GB of expandable internal storage. There is a 20MP rear camera while an 8MP snapper graces the front of the unit. Keeping the generator humming is a 4100mAh battery, and Android 5.1 is installed with Emotion 3.1 running on top.
The unlocked handset supports 4G LTE connectivity, and a fingerprint scanner is found on the rear of the handset. While just 7.9mm thick, the Mate S is no lightweight as it weighs in at 185 grams.
There is a race brewing to see which phone gets to be forever known as the first smartphone to be released with Force Touch. It looks like the Mate S will be in the running with the ZTE Axon Mini, and the two new iPhone models that are expected to be unveiled on September 9th.