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The Manta X7 is a smartphone with absolutely no physical buttons

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The Manta X7 is a smartphone with absolutely no physical buttons
It is a fact that, ever since smartphones went with the display-only front panel, manufacturers have looked for various ways to minimize the presence of physical buttons on their devices. Capacitive home screen buttons and volume rockers are employed on plenty of handsets, with the aim to make them look as minimalistic as possible. However, no one can argue that the presence of some type of physical clickers for powering the device on and off, and setting its volume levels, is far more important than elegant design.

Well, almost no one, we mean. A new China-based manufacturer, called Manta, is currently developing a handset, which will sport absolutely no physical buttons on its chassis. There are not many details available on how this is going to work exactly, but we do know that at least one of the phone's sides will sport a sensor-bar, which will detect the presence of the user's thumb and adjust the phone dialer's keypad to be easily accessible with said finger. We would wager this same sensor would be used for volume setting – sliding up and down the bezel could be a comfortable way to accomplish this task. Others have speculated that the controls will be done via gestures on the screen – much like how Oppo's Color OS allows the user to set volume levels by dragging two fingers across the screen, or open a various array of apps by calling in a swipe-up gestures menu.

The phone will bear the name Manta X7 and its custom OS, built on top of Android, will be named MO7os. Hardware details are yet unknown, though, some speculate that the SoC will be a MediaTek creation. There's no announcement date set, too, though, we wouldn't hold our breath for an out-of-Asia release.


source: MTKsj (translated) via GSMDome

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posted on 02 Dec 2014, 03:14 5

1. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1353; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Sounds interesting. So there will be on-screen buttons or something kind of gesture navigation like meego OS??

posted on 02 Dec 2014, 03:51

2. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3714; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nice clean design with very thin bezels. Interesting about the sensor-bar, I think it would do all the basic functions of all keys (Power, Volume, Camera, etc.) laid on the sensor-bar.

posted on 02 Dec 2014, 04:39

3. kurama. (Posts: 85; Member since: 13 Sep 2014)


Woah Chinese company are on a roll this sounds cool

posted on 02 Dec 2014, 05:12 1

4. ggg377 (Posts: 20; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


My G3 could be buttonless for all I care. Double tap to wake and lock, software for volume.

posted on 02 Dec 2014, 06:13

7. Leo_MC (Posts: 1044; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


How about power up the device?

posted on 02 Dec 2014, 05:33

5. greenelektron (Posts: 529; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Everything s about gestures.. Nice concept.

posted on 02 Dec 2014, 05:48

6. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


I had an idea, where the sides of the office will have the said sensor, so that the user can decide where the power & volume "buttons" will be on the device

posted on 02 Dec 2014, 06:32

8. JC557 (Posts: 1321; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Sounds like a good concept. My Samsung TV and PC monitor sport such things and my Sony Srs-x5 portable speaker relies on all capacitive buttons save for the power. I'm actually surprised it didnt happen sooner. Then again I also do like tactile buttons for certains things when going by feel, say an iPod in the pocket.

posted on 02 Dec 2014, 07:00

9. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Well... how do you hard restart the phone?? Because there will come a day that phone freeze up

posted on 02 Dec 2014, 07:37

10. dimas (Posts: 1909; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Sleek design just like one plus. How come samsung can't come up like this?

posted on 02 Dec 2014, 08:30

11. marcski07 (Posts: 598; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


reminds me of my nokia n9, :)

posted on 02 Dec 2014, 10:53

12. Suo.Eno (Posts: 480; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


Nice idea. Questionable feasibility on current sensor tech though.

Ya know when people ask for no nav buttons out front they didn't mean NO buttons at all -/-*** As far as practicality goes, they'll need to show us some real life proof sensors working for simple situations such as sliding the phone in and out of pockets, tumbling around in a bag somewhere and accidental 3rd objects' collision detection.

Then again this is assuming if this thing ever get out of China anyways...

posted on 02 Dec 2014, 15:07

13. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


They could make it on-screen like Samsung's one handed mode, I find that to be VERY useful. Beats having to reach for any keys.

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