Today at its IFA 2015 press event, Huawei unveiled the Mate S, a follow-up to last year’s fingerprint sensor-enabled Ascend Mate 7. The device, which has now shrunk in size from six inches to a more manageable 5.5 inches, is a refresh that borrows the all-metal looks of its predecessor. But more so than looking back to the Ascend Mate 7, Huawei’s new flagship draws heavy comparison to Apple’s marquee smartphone: the iPhone 6 Plus.
Huawei CEO Richard Yu walked attendees through the basics of the Mate S: 5.5-inch 1080p screen with 2.5D fourth-generation Gorilla Glass display, 7.2mm thickness, Kirin chipset, 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, stepped battery rated for over one full day and an improved rear-fixed fingerprint sensor. Where the Mate S’ design is concerned, Yu specifically called out its curved metal build — what he referred to as “diamond cut” — as being more comfortable for most consumers to hold. Gone are the typical Android shortcut keys as they are now hidden in the Mate S’ “magic bottom” just beneath the screen. And down at the base, surrounding the micro-USB port, are dual speakers.
It’s official: Invites have been sent out to an Apple press event on 9 September, which we’re fairly happy to guarantee will be the announcement of a new iPhone – with the possibility of some other bonus unveilings.
One week from today, Apple is expected to unveil its next version of its flagship smartphone, likely to be called the iPhone 6S. As is often the case with a major event in the consumer tech world, there are bad guys out there hoping to take advantage of all the hype.
A friend of mine recently was greeted with the popup below. It appeared on her iPad as she was browsing a Web forum. She texted me and asked whether it was legitimate. She’s a very smart and sophisticated professional, but apparently this was intriguing enough that she just had to ask. Hope springs eternal when it comes to being an iPhone 7 tester!