When Huawei launched the Mate S, it introduced Force Touch technology for the first time in a smartphone display, even ahead of Apple, but the technology was only available in premium 128GB variants of the phone. While Huawei is reportedly retaining the display size and resolution in the Mate S2, we are not aware if it will introduce any new disruptive technologies ahead of the launch of Nexus 2016 and Apple's iPhone 7 handsets.
Huawei spoils Samsung's party with Honor Note 8 release
However, the Mate S2 is a one of a kind phone because it borrows its looks both from Apple's iPhones and Huawei's home-made Nexus 6P handsets. When viewed from behind, it looks exactly like the Nexus flagship and when viewing it from the front, you'll think for a moment that you are looking at an iPhone.
As per Phone Radar, Huawei's Mate S2 features a power button on its right below the volume buttons as well as a black glass strip on its back which protects the camera lens and a LED flash. The phone also packs Huawei's Kirin 960 processor which packs 2.6GHz of power, 4GB of RAM, 16-MP and 8-MP cameras, a 3,500 mAh battery and like the Mate S, a Force Touch display. Reportedly, the phone will also feature Huawei's Emotion UI over Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. With IFA less than a month away, we wonder if Huawei will launch the Mate S2 during the event but if the phone does get launched, it will arrive as a low-cost competitor to the upcoming 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.
Want a cheaper Huawei P9? Buy an Honor 8!
Huawei rocked Samsung's boat a bit earlier this month when it launched its own Note device a couple of days before Samsung was to launch the Galaxy Note 7. Named the Honor Note 8, the phone arrived with a brilliant spec-list that rivalled any premium smartphone available in the market, and that including the Galaxy Note 7. The 6.6" display is an AMOLED one, qualifying the device for Google's Daydream VR project and other VR headsets and comes with a resolution of 2,048 pixels. Its internal specifications include the latest Kirin 955 SoC which also powers the Huawei P9, 4GB of RAM, a 4,400 mAh battery and internal storage options of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. This way, Honor Note 8 offers double the storage compared to 64GB that Galaxy Note 7 launched with.
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