IFA 2015: Hands-on Huawei Phablet Mate S With Force Touch

Huawei has Apple and all other manufacturers previously and has presented the mate S with a pressure-sensitive touch screen. At the IFA in Berlin, we could try out the special control as well as the noble Phablet itself.

The Phablet Huawei Mate S responds not only to wipe, but also to pressure: it has built a pressure-sensitive touch screen as the first Smartphone, which recognizes theoretically infinite stress levels. On Huawei’s IFA presentation, we had the opportunity to try out the operation as well as the mate of S.

Large version

The mate S, there are three versions: with 32, 64 and 128 GB. Only the latter dominated force touch. The two most important gestures only work if it hides the Android typical buttons at the bottom of the screen via option. Then you can start predetermined apps with a powerful flick into the top corner of the display. In our attempt that didn’t work right off the bat, because the relevant authorities almost outside of the display.

The hidden Android buttons can continue to use by pressing on the area, where they usually are. One is used to Android powered devices where there are these buttons anyway on the screen and not on the edge of the housing, the switch to force touch is easy.

Thumbnails and scale

The way via force touch photo thumbnails to enlarge seemed less useful to us. This works only in a special gallery app that shows tiny thumbnail images. In androids default app this function would make sense because the thumbnails are significantly larger.

Rather as a gimmick is to look at the installed app “Scales of Justice”. It determines the weight of the items on the display. The only requirement is that the subject of applied electrically directs. So, the manufacturer prevents that force touch accidentally reacts.

Knuckle sense

During the push operation of the touch screen is not stronger than conventional displays. And otherwise nothing on the special abilities can be closed – the housing is not thick and the distance between indicator and front window is as low as in other current smartphones.

The touchscreen can also detect whether the user touching the screen with your fingertip or a knuckle. Huawei is called the function of “Knuckle Sense”. Identifiable apps start to draw certain symbols or letters with the knuckles, for example, on the home screen.

In the test responded the screen only when you initially hit the ankle with some turns on the display and then the icon was. Then, the characters were correctly detected and interpreted. For everyday the unusual operating alternative seemed but to getting – especially since it requires to operate the device not with your thumb. (hcz)