Huawei has unveiled the Mate S, which boasts a feature that is expected to be on Apple’s new iPhone – which is yet to be launched.

Called Force Touch technology, it lets you press harder on the phone’s screen to trigger different actions than a normal tap would.

For example, pressing harder will let users zoom images, and magnify photos in their gallery. Huawei also showed how the phone can be used to weigh small objects.

Apple is expected to unveil similar functionality on its next iPhone, which is set to be revealed on 9 September.

Variants of Force Touch have been implemented in the Apple Watch, and the new 12-inch MacBook.

The Huawei Mate S also features Knuckle Sense, which lets you draw shapes on the screen to launch and interact with apps.

Drawing an “M” launches the music app, drawing a “C” launches the camera, and drawing a “W” launches the weather app. Images can be cropped by drawing shapes in the photos app.

Another new feature on the Huawei Mate S is Fingerprint Sense. It lets you answer calls and take selfies by touching your finger to the sensor on the back of the phone, below the camera lens.

Specifications Huawei Mate S
Dimensions 149.8 x 75.3 x 7.2 mm
Weight 156g
Operating system Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, EMUI 3.1
Display 5.5-inch AMOLED 1080p (1080 x 1920)
Rear camera 13MP
Front camera 8MP
Storage, internal 32GB
RAM 3GB
Processor 2.2GHz quad + 1.5GHz quad Hisilicon Kirin 935 octa-core
Battery 2,700mAh

Huawei Mate S

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