New variant of Huawei Mate 8 certified by TENAA adds Force Touch?

New variant of Huawei Mate 8 certified by TENAA adds Force Touch?
When the Huawei Mate S was released last September, one of the features it had was Force Touch. If you're unfamiliar with this, it is the technology that allows the display to read how hard the user is pressing down on the screen. The phone can tell if the glass is being lightly tapped, tapped using 'normal' force, or pressed hard. The phone will respond differently to each level of force. You might have seen this on the Apple iPhone 6s or Apple iPhone 6s Plus marketed as 3D Touch.

Three months after the release of the Huawei Mate S, the manufacturer released its flagship model for the year, the Huawei Mate 8. Surprisingly, there was no Force Touch feature on the device. But it appears that Huawei might be producing a new version of the phone with the capability to detect the amount of pressure being put on the screen. China's TENAA regulatory agency has certified a new variant of the Mate 8 and while the specs match the model already released, there is speculation that this new Mate 8 unit will be equipped with Force Touch.

Just to refresh your memory, the Huawei Mate 8 features a 6-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. The home grown Kirin 950 chipset is under the hood carrying an octa-core 2.3GHz CPU, and the Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. 4GB of RAM is inside with 32GB/64GB/128GB of native storage. A 128GB capacity microSD slot is available for those who need additional storage, and there is a rear-facing fingerprint sensor on board. The 16MP rear-facing camera features OIS and an aperture of f/2.0. The front-facing 8MP camera shoots selfies and handles video chats. A 4000mAh battery keeps the lights on, and Android 6.0.1 is pre-installed with Huawei's Emotion 4.0 UI on top.

Now that TENAA has signed off this new version of the Huawei Mate 8, an announcement from the manufacturer should be close at hand. At that time we should learn if Huawei made up for its previous omission by packing Force Touch into the new variant of its flagship phone.


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source: TENAA (translated) via Mobipicker

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  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(18h 3G talk time)

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12 Comments

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Hmm... Seems like PA don't want to hear a thing against Huawei... Good for them! My previous comment disappeared miraculously! Anyhow. I'm not trying to start a war here but I think Huawei decided to have a second go at FT after seeing the success of iOS10... And saying this is quite fair and square, in my "old" opinion... In my previous comment; I called it an "iClone"! My deepest apologies, P.A! In any case, I would love to see it as a native feature in upcoming Android N... But that's likely not going to happen, right? Oh well, there's no law against wishful thinking, as far as I remember... G'Day! And don't forget to plant a Tree or two, cause I'm going to start riding my 2-Stoke RD350 soon!

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Didn't Huawei hire an ex-Apple designer as their chief UX designer? That's why their Android skin looks like iOS.

6. PhoneFixer unregistered

many chinese androids has no app drawer..

7. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I know, but it is a fact that they hired an ex-Apple designer.

9. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Pretty sure they had the iOS-esque design before they hired him?

11. PhoneFixer unregistered

I don't believe that .. And if so what many guys left apple and they been telling horrible experiences working at apple .. like slave , swearing at him , bullying..

12. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"I don't believe that .. "https://www.engadget.com/2015/10/28/huawei-hires-former-apple-creative-lead/ I'm not saying that's the reason why EMUI looks similar to iOS, but all I did is just state a fact.

5. PhoneFixer unregistered

Why? they should rather work on mate 9 !

8. Boybawang

Posts: 204; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

The only cons in Mate 8 is the Camera. They should release a version with a better Camera

10. Bondurant

Posts: 779; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

good to know Huawei will be focusing on force touch = more force touch features coming soon.

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