The Manta X7 is a smartphone with absolutely no physical buttons

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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13 Comments

1. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

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

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

3. kurama.

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

Woah Chinese company are on a roll this sounds cool

4. ggg377

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

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

7. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

How about power up the device?

5. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Everything s about gestures.. Nice concept.

6. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 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

8. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

9. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

10. dimas

Posts: 3324; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

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

11. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

reminds me of my nokia n9, :)

12. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 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...

13. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 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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