Poll results: Mate S and 6s Plus, innovation or copycat?


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.

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 asked you last week 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. Well, the majority of our 2625 respondents think that Huawei was first to announce, hence the Mate S is an innovative Android handset with a price tag that justifiably closes in on the iPhone franchise. The rest of our respondents, about 43%, think that it is not a coincidence that Huawei will have a 5.5" phone with Force Touch tech on the market by the time the iPhone 6s Plus hits the shelves globally, flaunting a 3D Touch display of its own.

Huawei Mate S, innovation or copycat?

Innovation
56.99%
Copycat
43.01%

Related phones

Mate S
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh
iPhone 6s Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2750 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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53 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

It isn't innovation, nor it is copying, it's just pointless rushed feature just in sake of being the first, before Apple. They don't even have idea what to do with their force touch, what Apple showed is also stupid IMO, everything they have shown could be done with long hold, but I have no doubt devs will make great things with this. Huawei just put it there and no one will use it before Google implements Force Touch API in Android

6. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

"Force Touch" has an API on Android since API 1 (Android 1.0) http://developer.android.com/reference/android/view/MotionEvent.html

9. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

+1 for You, I didn't know that :d IMO the whole thing is nothing revolutionary, Apple will try to make it important but I don't think people will go crazy over it

16. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Yep I agree. Whole thing about force touch is overhyped for marketing purposes just like air gestures on Samsung devices that almost no one use.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple fans go crazy over everything Apple does, no matter how insignificant it is. When you starving for better, anything no matter how small is a big deal.

21. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

You have a problem, why do You see iFans everywhere? On PA there are only a few trolls, like that stupid Chinese kid below, or this Mxyzf**k, just let the sleeping dogs lie. When it comes to techie sites I only read PA, GSMArena and some polish sites, I haven't seen ANYONE going crazy over new iPhones, everybody sees that they are nothing to write home about, iPhones are my favourite smartphones but I clearly see that they are just piece of metal and glass, just like other phones. No need to start war under every news. If those iDiots are really so stupid, let them be, but on other sites, on PA we can do better than just insulting each other. I just write it here because I see you under every article shouting about how Apple customers are stupid, just let's enjoy our devices and keep it cool

36. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Another jealous Apple hater..Your mind lags worse than your phone..

45. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Android M is super fast compared to the lagging iPhone...https://youtu.be/CTg9kcsAmgQ

42. LordDavon

Posts: 156; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

It is not the same thing. Force Touch is a lot more than just registering a soft or hard press on a surface, which is what the API does. AXIS_PRESSURE is just an integer value of 0 or 1 to test if a point has been pressed hard or soft. While it will work with a touchscreen if it is designed properly for it, it found its use with trackballs and trackpads on the earlier devices. Force Touch is a combination of tons of layers of pressure sensing, advanced hardware, and haptic feedback. The combination makes for a much larger user experience. There is a lot more technology involved than just an API designed to register a 0 or 1. Huawei did an excellent job beating Apple out of the gate with this, and it is a shame you didn't research it before posting.

47. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

http://i.imgur.com/X5YSS2Z.png This throws your whole post down the toilet. My point was that Android already had that API which some people denied that it wont be implemented in Android. I dont know where you pulled hardware shi* out of my post...

48. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah note stylus capable for 2048 level of pressure.. most android app simply ignore force touch existence because long press is far more common and easier to use

53. LordDavon

Posts: 156; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

The Note's stylus uses an API developed by Samsung. It registers much more than just levels of pressure, and it a great feature developed by Samsung. I love my Note 5. It doesn't use the AXIS_PRESSURE API, since they needed to design a complete API in order to handle the stylus.

52. LordDavon

Posts: 156; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

No, it really doesn't. "Force Touch is a combination of tons of layers of pressure sensing, advanced hardware, and haptic feedback. The combination makes for a much larger user experience." Again, you are talking about an API that registers pressure sensing. It does not make the hardware, or combine it with haptic feedback. As I said, AXIS_PRESSURE was designed for registering touch on trackpad or trackball in a 0 or 1. Android has NOT had Force Touch since version 1.0.

44. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I agree. Apple's 3D Touch is a GIMMICK feature in my opinion. Don't be fool guys. You'll just need to long hold or press the screen. You can experience its similar feature with the older iPhones (with installed iOS 9). WHAT I LOVE with iPhone 6S: It has 7000-series aluminium, better 'Peek' and 'Pop' feature than any custom Android OS, faster processor, polished context menus than Android, and wallpapers. For now, I'm happy with my iPhone 6 and Nexus 5.

49. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

That's not what 3D Touch is. It senses pressure, not time.

2. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Huawei is shameless

3. Wulfgardr

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

"What's good, Miley?"

4. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Of course, the comments section of phone arena is some kind of fishing net that catches the worst Android fans there are. I use all 3 and each has its ups and downs but second Apple is mentioned... Death must come to anyone and anything that uses apple. All fandroids here are somehow personally affected by random strangers who enjoy apple products. I have no idea what sin phone arena committed in the past to attract such a degraded set of commentors. Hope phone arena continue to call out the trolls, those articles are awesome.

5. TyrionLannister unregistered

Mate S has real rose gold color, iPhone 6S has light pink.

7. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Force touch on huawei is pointless, on iPhone on the other hand it may be useful time will tell if it's good or just a feature that it won't be used

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's useless on both. How is it useful on the iPhone only? Because you like it? The only reason Apple added this is because they can't shove any other gesture into the home button, and no one is goign to remember a ton of onscreen gestures either. The only problem is, the force touch isnt doing anything new. Its the same crap I had on Windows XP Tablet Edition. You know how long ago that was? Here we are 13 whole years later and Apple decides to make use of it. Come on man. Stop with the drivel. It's lame no matter the platform. Long press and short press is all it is. All this display detecting pressure is non-sense. Yes the display yes is doing that, but it simply has a timer on it. I am betting I can duplicate the move even if I touch it and whole it lightly.

22. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Agreed, there is no need for new input method. That is, unless we get holographic keyboards :d

28. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

And even more so when it adds 14gramms to the normal iPhone and 20 gramms to iPhone plus, I think i take my 40gramms less s6 edge plus, thanks

29. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I have seen a video from click and the force touch is actually quite useful in it but it's not innovation not copycat and even if it is Apple is the one who being late and if it's going to be good for Apple it's going to be good for everyone and the opposite. Devs won't make use of it in a way that the one without it miss it not everyone will buy iPhone 6s.

37. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Another jealous Apple hater..Your mind lags worse than your phone..

46. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Android M is super fast compared to the lagging iPhone...https://youtu.be/CTg9kcsAmgQ

39. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Take it easy man I didn't say I like it or no I just said maybe it'll turn to be useful time will tell.

8. SnakeBoyVincentLiu

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

Whatever, no Apple logo no buy Iphone FTW >3

10. kick413

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Really? Are you admitting to only buying an item because of a logo? Lol you guys would buy a rock if apple put there logo on it, and say its the best rock ever.

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

He is anti Apple troll, don't answer him, by doing that you only prove that you're as stupid as him

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