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Huawei Devices pulls curtain back on Mate S at IFA pre-show

Chinese tech giant presents new flagship smartphone in Berlin

A feature called Knuckle 2.0 allows users to use their knuckles to crop and edit images, and even open applications by drawing a letter on the screen.
A feature called Knuckle 2.0 allows users to use their knuckles to crop and edit images, and even open applications by drawing a letter on the screen.

Huawei has unveiled its Mate S handset ahead of IFA Berlin 2015, company announced today.

IN PICS: Huawei's Mate S

The Mate S' processor is a quad-core 2.2GHz or quad-core 1.5GHz HiSilicon Kirin 935. It runs Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop); comes with 3GB RAM and internal storage of 32 or 64GB, expandable to 128GB; and is 2.65mm thick.

The handset's screen is a 5.5-inch 2.5D AMOLED FHD display. 2.5D can mean a number of things, but Huawei's is "a contoured glass screen with a seamless border", said to make swiping gestures easier. Some versions of the phone will come with Force Touch, Huawei said.

For the first time, according to Huawei, a smartphone camera will provide a "professional photography experience". The Mate S allows users to "control aspects like shutter speed, exposure and light saturation", according to Huawei. It also includes a real-time black-and-white filter.

IN PICS: Huawei's Mate S

The Mate S includes Fingerprint 2.0, which allows for "smart fingerprint sliding". That means users can now use the fingerprint sensor to control the smartphone: users can answer calls, take pictures, control brightness or browse the Web, without taking their finger off the sensor.

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A feature called Knuckle 2.0 allows users to use their knuckles to crop and edit images, and even open applications by drawing a letter on the screen, and with Smart Recording, three microphones help to identify individual voices and sounds, enabling "a clearer recording with minimal background noise", Huawei claims.

IN PICS: Huawei's Mate S

Navigation Key Function allows the pressing of different spots and button options for Back, Home and Multitask and Picture Magnification allows users to zoom in to view pictures by pressing the picture browsing interface.

Smart Pressure-Sensitive Screen, also referred to as Force Touch, is only available on special versions of the Mate S. It is not yet known if these versions will be available in the UAE. The idea of Force Touch is that the user presses harder to perform other functions, like, zoom further, for example, or weigh objects placed on the phone's screen.

"Our goal in designing the Huawei Mate S was to develop a smartphone that offers a personalised experience, rather than a commoditised one," said Jiao Jian, president, Huawei Device Middle East.

IN PICS: Huawei's Mate S

"The Huawei Mate S is based on insights we gathered about human interaction - most notably that touch is a natural action we take to understand our world. The Huawei Mate S redefines how we incorporate touch technology into our smartphones, breaking through the conventional way of touch screen control and ushering in new imagination for human-machine interaction."