Huawei launches Mate S smartphone to compete with iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S6

The Mate S, which the Chinese company launched at Europe's biggest consumer electronics show, IFA, in Berlin, has a 5.5-inch display, a 13 mega pixel rear camera and fingerprint security.

Huawei CEO, Richard Yu at the launch of the Mate S

Reports reveal that Huawei unveiled a new smartphone aimed at the high end of the market, which is dominated by Apple and Samsung, yesterday.

The Mate S, which the Chinese company launched at Europe's biggest consumer electronics show, IFA, in Berlin, has a 5.5-inch display, a 13 mega pixel rear camera and fingerprint security.

The company says it is one of the first smartphones to include a Force Touch display, which can distinguish between a light tap and deep press, enabling access to more functions just by pressing harder.

American tech giant Apple is also expected to introduce iPhones featuring the same Force Touch technology next week.

Huawei became the world's third-biggest smartphone company by sales last month, overtaking Chinese rival Lenovo, and the company has set its sight on becoming the first Chinese firm to sell more than 100 million smartphones this year.

Huawei's Mate S flagship smartphone will retail for 649 euros ($732) – which puts in the same price band as the Apple iPhone 6 series models - with a premium version for 748 euros, the Chinese company said.

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