The Huawei Mate S Luxury Edition brings 128GB of storage and a pressure-sensitive touchscreen
One of the most headline-grabbing features of the Huawei Mate S is its new Force Touch technology. The announcement sees Huawei being first to put the technology — pioneered by Apple in the new MacBook and expected in the next iPhone — into a smartphone.
The regular 32 and 64GB versions of the Mate S don't include Force Touch. If you want this added bonus, you'll need to fork out extra for the "Luxury Edition" Mate S, which comes with 128GB of internal storage in addition to that new touchscreen tech.
Force, but no feedback.
When it comes to practical applications of Force Touch on a phone, it's clear Huawei is still working out how best to implement new touch features. There are a few demo apps on the Luxury Edition including Fun Scales, which uses Force Touch to weigh objects between two very specific parameters — 100 and 400 grams. You can also hide the on-screen controls and use Force Touch on the bottom edge of the screen to activate home, back or task-switching functions. And in the Gallery app, Force Touch lets you magnify a portion of your image.
And that's it, more or less. Force Touch on the Mate S is a nice addition, but far from essential, and the areas where it has been included in the software still feel it's early days. (Which, of course, it still is.) And there's also the issue that it feels kind of weird to strongly press onto a surface that gives no feedback. On the MacBook's trackpad, at least, you get some response through haptic feedback.
There's no specific info on availability for the Huawei Mate S Luxury Edition just yet, but slides at Huawei's IFA press conference mentioned that it'd debut sometime after the regular Mate S.