HTC Edge Sense spotted: the buttonless HTC phone still possible?


Before HTC announced the U Ultra and U Play, we used to get rumors about a mystery HTC Ocean (or Ocean Note) device, which would allegedly have a buttonless design, and a UI with contextual touch controls to make up for that. Sounds like a thing from the future, doesn't it?

Well, when HTC took the stage to announce its brand-new shiny marbles of smartphones, no revelation about such software changes was made. Was the rumor mill wrong on this one?

Leakster @evleaks has now dug up a screenshot from the settings menu of an undisclosed HTC smartphone. In it, we can see a brand-new Edge Sense toggle, which apparently controls the mysterious “Sense Touch” option. From the very limited amount of clues the source provides, we can guess it has something to do with contextual controls, which would be performable by either tapping on the side of the phone, or the edge of the display.

The source also lists specs for the mysterious device that took that screenshot — a 5.5-inch display, a Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4 or 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, Daydream support, and a special Sense AI Assistant. That last one is a bit weird, since Google did announce that its own Google Assistant is coming to a number of phones soon, the HTC 10 included — we see no reason for it to be gone or to need a substitute on future HTC devices, unless the manufacturer has an amazing AI up its sleeve.



source: Mobile01 via @evleaks

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20 Comments

1. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Well the concept always looks like a Lamborghini Aventador but when it comes to reality, it will look like a toyota corolla.

6. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

By that corolla analogy if you mean samsung then i agree

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You're stupid! Every Samsung has receive top awards and praise since the S5 and Note 3. No phone has had better features, better style, better display, better camera and more The iPhone 7 with less holes, still has the same IP certification as the S5. HAH! The G6 is brand new, has a similar camera to the S7, yet doesn't even take as good of a photo. Even with 3 frikkin camera. In fact NONE of the phone with dual rear cameras can beat the S7 in photos. Which is probably why Samsung has not provided one yet. Even though they were working on a dual camera setup, it hasn't brought any benefit. HTC hasn't been a factor since letting Apple use their design on the iPhone 6. Samsung is the one everyone is trying to be, even Apple is. The OLED toting iPhone 7S/8 will be everything the Galaxy S6 was 2 years ago. You can put all the lipstick you want on a pig, it will still be a pig!

14. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

HOw can i be stupid, i didn't bought three note 7 it was you darling

20. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You are as stupid as techie, you're just in a different side.

19. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Apple, isn't trying to be Samsung lol.

12. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Meh. If the leaked video is anything to go by then the phone will be boring imo. That phone has a single centered htc a9 like camera with lots of bezel all around and it seems like this sense thing is all they've got to offer with this phone and nothing else. After mwc announcements a few days ago, I have now come to finally accept that when it comes to tech and android, samsung rules that space and it isnt going to change anytime soon. The S8 will swallow the rest of android put together. Lets just all grudgingly deal with it tbh.

2. androiduser

Posts: 513; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

The galaxy s8 has some competition

7. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

Lets see if samsung s8 beats the note 7 recalled time.

13. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lol, the s8's only competition is the iphone. Otherwise they have no competition whatsoever on the android front. That htc ocean concept video is the kind of stuff that only looks cool on videos but pointlessly mediocre in reality. Just take a look at the phone, it looks very outdated with so much bezels everywhere. Honestly, If this is what htc's got to offer then it will be them inside the belly of samsung.... Again!

3. torr310

Posts: 1692; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

4000 mAh battery I will be all over it.

4. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

This is some space age sh!t

5. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Is that a buttonless Pixel?

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I miss the Sense UI. I love it on my Incredible and thunderbolt. That looks decent. Haven't had an HTC for a long time. Maybe I will give them a try while I wait for the Note 8.

10. irossdrummer

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Tap on display is great but this just seems downright dumb honesty, having volume buttons that doesn't involve turning on the screen is great

11. jellmoo

Posts: 2658; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

So... similar to the Palm Pre? If that's the case, they have my attention.

15. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

So freakin' hype. Either this or the XZ Premium. Can't wait.

16. PryvateiDz

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Now this, I can get into! Definitely would love this with a 4000 mAh battery, though I'm sure that will never be a reality.

17. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

Those bezels baby! Those bezels, come one! If those bezels are cropped this would be my next phone.

18. TechGirl90 unregistered

MAN!! 2017 has some really enticing devices!!

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