Focusing on touch technologies, the world’s third largest smartphone supplier Huawei based in China has unveiled its new 5.5-inch handset at IFA in Berlin. The Huawei Mate S, the maker’s new flagship smartphone, features some impressive touch-based innovations.

These innovations would appear to have stolen a march on Apple which releases its own next generation of smartphones this week. Apple rivals Samsung, Sony and Lenovo also used IFA in Berlin to launch new phones try to steal Apple’s thunder

The first of the new Huawei innovations is the Fingerprint Sense 2.0 touch sensor, which sits on the rear of the handset to facilitate one-handed operation whether for answering calls or taking selfies.

It also carries Knuckle Sense, first seen on the Huawei P8, which can tell the difference between different parts of your finger, letting users launch apps by swiping or “knuckling” letters to open apps.

Force Touch technology, which is available in the 128 GB model, helps distinguish between a tap, swipe or forceful press on the screen.

The Mate S features a dual diamond-cut all-metal metal body, which measures 2.65mm at its thinnest point. It has a Full HD Gorilla Glass 4-fronted display, water-resistant nano-coating and a 3-microphone directional listening.

The device also boasts a 13-megapixel rear camera, with optical image stabilization and a sapphire-protected lens, and an 8-megapixel front camera, with a “soft lighting” flash and a “beautify algorithm” feature.

The Mate S will be available in versions with 32GB and 64GB, at €649 and €699, respectively. There is no word yet on availability of the 128GB Force Touch model.

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