Huawei’s Apple iPhone 6s-beater gets South African pricing

Update: Huawei said the current version of the Mate S available from Vodacom does not support Force Touch. The version that does support it is scheduled to be available in early 2016.

The Huawei Mate S smartphone, which features Force Touch technology, has received South African pricing.

Huawei unveiled the Mate S on 2 September, just days before Apple launched the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, showing off the device’s pressure-sensitive display.

Huawei’s technology lets you press harder on the phone’s screen to trigger different actions than a normal tap would, which Apple introduced to its new phones under the moniker 3D Touch.

SA pricing

The Huawei Mate S is now available through Vodacom, going for R11,969.

The device is also available on a range of packages, including the Vodacom Smart S 24-month contract for R529 p/m, and comes in two colour options: mystic champagne and titanium grey.

The key specifications of the iPhone 6s and Mate S are summarised in the table below.

Specifications Apple iPhone 6s Huawei Mate S
Dimensions 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm 149.8 x 75.3 x 7.2 mm
Weight 143g 156g
Operating system iOS 9 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, EMUI 3.1
Display 4.7″ Retina HD (1,334 x 750) 5.5-inch AMOLED 1080p (1,080 x 1,920)
Rear camera 12MP iSight 13MP
Front camera 5MP 8MP
Storage, internal 16/64/128GB 32GB
Processor A9 64-bit 2.2GHz quad + 1.5GHz quad Hisilicon Kirin 935 octa-core
Battery 1,715mAh 2,700mAh

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