Manta 7X details revealed – massive battery, absolutely no hardware buttons


A couple of months ago, we heard about a peculiar smartphone being in the works – one that lacks any hardware button on its chassis. The device is to be called the Manta 7x (back then, it was reported as X7, so – apologies), and it is currently available for pre-order, with a shipping date set after two weeks. The handset will soon have a sibling released - a Manta 7L, which appears to be a lower-range choice, and sports a more traditional look (read: has buttons).

So, the Manta 7x sports a 5.5" Sharp-made display with a 1080p resolution, resulting in the pretty dense 401 PPI ratio. Hardware-wise, the phone lags slightly behind modern flagships – sporting a 2.5 GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 801 and 2 GB of RAM, though, it still has the rather generous 32 GB of internal storage. Nothing interesting yet? Well, the handset has IP 55 rating, which means that it's somewhat resistant to water and dust, and here's a couple of shockers – firstly, both its front and rear cams sport a 13 MP Sony IMX 214 sensor, both have optical image stabilization, and are specced to have the same super-wide angle (88°) and F/2.0 aperture. The main snapper is protected by a sapphire glass and has a dual-tone LED flash, and it seems this is where the differences end. Secondly – the handset sports an impressive 4,200 mAh battery.

Now, about the point of controlling a device that has no hardware buttons – the Manta 7x sports touch sensors on its bezels and is loaded with a heavily customized version of Android 4.4 – a skin, dubbed "MO7 OS". From what we understand, once the user grabs the phone, the software will determine which bezel the user's thumb is on and will then display its different functions on that side of the display – for example, in the instance of an incoming call, the caller ID will display in a small, comfortable window, placed right next to where the user's thumb is touching the bezel. There is also a single capacitive button on the bottom of the device – acting as a home button, presumably, it also supports gestures for sleep, wake, volume up / down.

The Manta 7x can be ordered internationally, and its OS even supports English, however, the pricing may put down any potential takers – the handset costs roughly $650 (4,080 Yuan), which is a bit steep, especially considering the year-old hardware and the risk involved with the actual functionality of the unorthodox control methods.

Now, we are still unsure what the hardware of the Manta 7L variant will be, aside from the fact that it is said to sport a 5.5" display and a smaller, 3,610 mAh battery. Its render shows a frontal camera that isn't as big as the one on the 7x, we can also see it has a physical power button and a volume rocker, so, we are guessing the 7L may have less-overkill features for a curtailed price.

Does the concept of a buttonless phone appeal to you? What do you think of the Manta 7x's design?


source: Manta via GizChina

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9 Comments

1. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Probably this phone is trying to be bit unique rather than copying the whole thing. The rear is kind a ugly inspired from Apple. Overall you are not far away to come up with little slimmer and great looking phone. image #12 kinda impressed me.

2. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Hardware and features = cool Price = not so cool

6. dimas

Posts: 3324; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Maybe we could wait for PA's Manta 7L article. See if it fits the budget.

3. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Proprietary charging slot? They are so dead...

4. neonix

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

Looks like it comes bundled with a convenient adapter though. The design leads me to presume it's reversible too.

8. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

There's a 3.5mm audio jack on that charger too (Image #12). Does this mean there's no audio jack on the device?

5. neonix

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

This is a very intriguing phone. Lots of unique and original design and functionality, though as was stated, the back looks quite ugly. That battery size is insane. It looks like it's got a bit of thickness to accommodate that, though, and with no curve on the back to aid in holdability. I couldn't jump on one of these considering the price, but I'm looking forward to some reviews and future devices from this brand.

7. Fellwalker

Posts: 530; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

I can't see any speakers.

9. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

Looks nice. I wish it was smaller though.

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