HTC's button-less 'Ocean' smartphone is vividly imagined in leak-based renders

Early last week, an HTC designer Danelle Vermeulen outed a button-less 'Ocean' smartphone idea. The concept design was quickly removed from Vermeulen's online portfolio but as we all know, the internet does not un-see. Thereafter, perpetual leakster LlabTooFeR quickly added that HTC could roll out three such models: the Ocean Master, Ocean Note and Ocean Smart. As we await further information, we now have some high quality, leak-based renders to peek at.

The idea of an entirely button-less device is rather intriguing one. The smartphone world has been all about the touch interface for the best part of a decade, but most handsets still retain a power button, volume rocker and often, a home button. The HTC Ocean series, from the little info we have so far, would include a touch-sensitive frame that could provide contextual functionality; a user could swipe and tap certain parts of the devices edge to accommodate and expand upon what's already provided by traditional buttons and switches. 

The folks at Tech Configurations have put together some neat-looking renders of what the HTC Ocean might eventually look like, should it ever make it beyond the Taiwanese company's drawing board. The concept includes a chamfered edge finish, 3.5 mm jack, a USB Type-C port and two-rear facing cameras. 

Though we know that the HTC Ocean is a real idea in theory, it remains to be seen whether it ever materializes as one, two, or perhaps even three new smartphones. In a market where devices are largely similar to one another, we'd certainly welcome a new, potentially innovative idea such as this. 

Take a look at the concept images in the gallery, and be sure to leave your comments below. 



1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Give it wireless charging... Get rid of that jack and USB Port... Now we are talking...! Just don't forget The WiFi Direct...! G'Day!

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18. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

remove the battery and make it 3mm thick

20. iC-118

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

Remove the ugly chamfered curves, and make it look like the HTC DNA.

2. anotherfan

Posts: 62; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

The dual camera's place look weird


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Wow, it's an HTC 10 with no buttons and an off center charging port. Probably will have bad battery life, and a less than will polished UI out of the box. No thanks.

9. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Dual camera is like RAM, More ram more performance More camera more clarity

12. KingSam

Posts: 1505; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Thats the idea. But not always the case!

10. dragon76

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

I like this idea and I will definitely be getting one, and I have the HTC 10 and it doesn't lag and battery life is impressive for the amount of stuff I do and just recently had the S6 and S7 neither really lagged but battery life was just so so for me. I just like the UI of the HTC a lot better than Samsung or LG but I do prefer stock Android over them all just wish that the Nexus 6P had expandable memory loved that phone.......

13. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

So guess no any cases for this phone otherwise you won't be able to use the under lined touch controls.Bit

14. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I'd imagine they could do cutouts in the case like they do for some current phones.

15. gs200

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

Aside from the 3.5mm and USB C, here's the 2019 iPhone.

16. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

This can't be htc device. Why? There's no big empty bezel reserved just for htc logo. lol. But yes, get rid of capacitive buttons and go full on gestures n swipes. That's the future folks!

17. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Are we going back to duel camera set up again? Ok sure. Just don't make it a $999 phone like the HTC10 because I can't afford that s**t.

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