ZTE beats Apple to the punch by being the first to introduce a smartphone with Force Touch

ZTE beats Apple to the punch by being the first to introduce a smartphone with Force Touch
While everyone assumed that the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus would be the first handsets to employ Force Touch, it looks they might have been beaten to the punch by ZTE. The latter certainly is the first to introduce a smartphone with Force Touch as that honor goes to the ZTE Axon Mini. The phone was unveiled today carrying a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED screen that offers Force Touch capabilities.

With Force Touch, the screen recognizes how hard the user is pressing down on it. This allows the device to perform different functions with a tap on the same location of the glass. For example, a soft tap on the display could start a video while a harder tap could raise the volume. The feature is currently employed by Apple on the Apple Watch.

ZTE explains the tech behind the ZTE Axon Mini at today's unveiling

ZTE explains the tech behind the ZTE Axon Mini at today's unveiling


Getting back to the ZTE Axon Mini, the phone will be launched in September and will be available in silver, gold, orange and pink. ZTE was pretty hush hush about the whole affair and did not allow pictures or video to be taken of the device. And while there is a paucity of specs to pass along, that doesn't mean that there is a lack of intrigue here. Which Force Touch enabled smartphone will hit the market first this September, the ZTE Axon Mini or the new iPhones from Apple?

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source: GizmoChina

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37 Comments

1. UglyFrank

Posts: 2191; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This is cool :)

2. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I was expecting some type of Star Wars article icon.....missed opportunity especially since its a phone running Android...

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple! Less talk, more work. That is all.

10. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Yeah working to make more profit to please thier share holders. (Qualcomm may sack 4000 employees!)

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well they are a business, one of the biggest in the world. It's what they do.

15. jove39

Posts: 2140; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Not biggest, most profitable!

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My post clearly says "one of the biggest in the world". No where does it say "the biggest".

19. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

they better optimize iOS for 512MB ram so they can sell a 900$ phone with 512MB RAM for more profit.

27. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

butthurt arent u that there is a super smooth well functioning mobile OS that runs really well on 1gb of ram?

38. Cyberchum

Posts: 1017; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

My old Nokia 603 with 1GB RAM running Nokia Belle FP2 still beats iOS10 on out of the box functionality.

4. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I think it's funny, but I'm sure Cupertino doesn't care that ZTE brought it to the market first. They will still roll out commercials "Introducing force touch".

25. aegislash

Posts: 1454; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

And we can expect the usual 'It doesn't matter who did it first, what matters is that Apple did it better'

26. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Force Touch has already shipped on Macs and the Apple Watch. I'm sure nobody cares that ZTE is going to do it.

37. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Nobody cares that it's on a watch I can tell you that from the under whelming reviews.

5. kosal

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 19, 2013

Apple has never been the first to introduce new things/products , it's always about doing it the right way....!!!

8. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Yah, follow same method in exams.

11. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Well I'm still waiting for real multitasking & siri was a mess when they launched her so Idk about Apple doing things the right way

18. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They do it the right way for iFans, which is really any way in the rear.

28. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

They do most of new things they introduce well and the right way. Not everything. You picked 2 bad things out of 100 amazing things. They introduced fingerprint scanner in 5S in 2013 that worked amazingly well, took samsung 2 years after with S6 to make it work well. Just an example.

36. kosal

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 19, 2013

It wasn't the first to introduce finger print scanner on a mobile phone , its Motorola which did it and it turned out to be a mere disappointment and Apple later did it in a more easy and effective way with 5S.

14. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Siri, multitasking and apple maps were all a mess

32. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Apple is great at marketing, thats it, so no matter who did it first, matters who can sell better....

6. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

29. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

LOL. Real force touch uses hardware part. Measures your finger pressure on the screen/plate. You are just referring to a software gimmick that measures how much of the screen your finger covers. "This doesn't show how hard you press but actually the surface that you touch. if I barely deposit my finger on it it will show 0.1 if i put the hole tip of my finger it will show 0.6 ( i don't press I just deposit it) and if I put my whole finger on the screen (without any force) it will show 1.08"

7. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Super AMOLED? Who make it, ZTE or Samsung? What version of this Super AMOLED? (same as S6 or the one from S2) Now mini version has 5.2" screen!

9. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Hahaha... Burn!

17. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Apple will introduce it later, so that mean Apple is the copycat.

21. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

You can't read dude, apple first implemented first in their apple watch and macbook trackpad, chinese are the copycat everyything they see, shameless

23. gaming64 unregistered

Force Touch is a marketing term.

22. gaming64 unregistered

Force Touch was announced or maybe rumored to be in the next iPhone but I guess fhey got beaten to it

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