Technically, the world’s first announced handheld to feature a pressure-sensitive display hasn’t been Apple’s iPhone 6s, but rather the Android-based Huawei Mate S. The reason the Chinese device manufacturer isn’t making a huge fuss about the Force Touch-capable 5.5-incher is it’s not up for grabs yet anywhere around the globe.
A non-“luxury” Mate S edition can be pre-ordered starting today in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland, but unfortunately, this lacks the advanced 3D Touch correspondent.
What’s worse is deliveries for the standard 32GB model are only slated for over a month from now, while 64 and 128GB variants, the latter of which should also enable all those new gestures, will likely debut in an even smaller number of markets later on.
Europeans don’t get to choose as far as paint jobs go either, with the “Mystic Champagne” phone already listed as out of stock, and therefore, the “Titanium Silver” flavor squarely available for the time being.
That’s still better than the complete, ominous silence on the prospective US release front, with €649 and £469 set as the EU and British unlocked price tags respectively. For the somewhat hefty sum, you’ll be receiving a super-stylish, metal-clad, 7.2mm slim slab with Full HD screen resolution in tow, octa-core Kirin 935 processing power, 3GB RAM, 13MP dual-LED rear camera prowess, and 2,700 mAh battery juice.
Also, a flash-toting 8 megapixel selfie virtuoso, microSD support, 4G LTE network speeds, EMUI 3.1 proprietary software goodies atop Android 5.0 Lollipop, and Fingerprint 2.0 recognition. Quite a robust set of specs, but enough to warrant the equivalent of $725? Well, you tell us.