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.
edge to accommodate and expand upon what's already provided by traditional buttons and switches.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
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.The folks at
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.