Huawei has detailed two upcoming smartphones, the flagship Mate S and mid-range G8, at the IFA trade show in Berlin. Both handsets incorporate 5.5in displays, Android operating systems and all-metal bodies with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, similar to that of the Huawei Mate 7.
The Mate S features the Kirin 935 quad-core processor, comprised of four 2.2GHz cores and four 1.5GHz cores, 3GB of RAM, a FHD display at 401ppi, 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera and a 2620mAh battery which Huawei says will last over a day.
It also measures 75mm wide and 150mm long, making it more compact than the 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus. The back panel is curved, but measures 2.65mm at the thinnest points. Similarly to the Honor 7, from Huawei's own subsidiary, the rear fingerprint sensor can also be used to control apps by performing small swipes upon it.
The Mate S will launch in the UK in September, with two editions: the standard version, which will include 32GB of storage and cost €649 (about £478), and the Premium version, which includes 64GB of storage for €699 (about £513).
A 128GB model was also announced, though pricing and availability was not yet decided. This edition will add new ‘Force Touch' features; the 128GB Mate S's screen can detect how hard or how gently it is being pushed, and use this variable input as a control method for, say, zooming in and out of photos.
The Huawei G8 is considerably cheaper, costing €399 - roughly £293. It does not support the Force Touch features of the Mate S, but includes a similar 13MP rear camera and a larger 3000mAh battery. It is also due to launch in the UK in September.
In addition, both the Mate S and G8 support 4G LTE connectivity, and include a card tray that can support either dual SIMs or one SIM plus a microSD card.
Huawei also used their press conference to confirm pricing for the previously-announced Huawei Watch. The smartwatch will be available to pre-order from 15 September with four fascia and strap designs, ranging from €399 for the Classic Leather model to €699 for the Elite model. As an Android Wear device, the Huawei Watch will be able to tether to both Android and iOS smartphones.
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