HTC created a flutter in the news in late September 2016 with the possibility of introducing button-less smartphones.
These handsets are expected to be branded under the Ocean name. The first glimpse of such a device was made available by Danelle Vermeulen, a designer from the Taiwan based company, on her online portfolio. This was soon followed by a concept video posted by the design team. However, the images and video were pulled down shortly after an initial access denial by the designer to her website. However, even before all this could happen, the videos were made viral on YouTube by HTC Source and on Twitter by Evan Blass, the well-known blogger. There are reports made by leakster LlabTooFer of three smartphones – Ocean Master, Ocean Smart and Ocean Note. It is believed that the Master is going to be the flagship device with cutting edge features, while the Smart will house mid-range specs. On the other hand, the Note will be a truly high-end handset that could face competition from its likes such as the Galaxy Note 7 from Samsung or LG’s very own V20.
Labeled as a smartphone without buttons, the Ocean gadget will not include even the standard power and volume control buttons. All physical buttons and even on-screen buttons are said to be replaced by pressure sensitive touch controls. Speculations are that the Ocean series of smartphones will feature an aluminum body with a chamfered finish and include a touch-sensitive frame with contextual functionality. There are hints about the company incorporating a new type of control set up that will be termed as Sense Touch. To perform the tasks of the buttons, all a user shall be expected to do is to tap or swipe on predefined portions of the frame. Based on assumptions, the user will have to do a swipe on the right end of the frame to get Google’s voice assistant in action. The same gesture is expected to hold good for operating the camera shutter and controlling the volume levels of your favorite music. Needless to say, the touch points will be different. As Evan Blass pointed out in his tweet, the handsets do really appear to have some cool stuff that have not been tried out before either on the manufacturer’s or most Android devices. One such instance is that you will have to talk to your smartphone and issue voice commands for it to open any app.
Along with the metal body, the Ocean range is likely to showcase a 2.5D glass panel on the front. The manufacturer’s own HTC 10 is assumed to be the source of inspiration for this aluminum and glass combination for the body material. No leaks are available at present to comment about the kind of screen that will be an integral part of the handsets. However, given the fact that the Ocean Note is touted to comprise better configuration that is other two Ocean siblings, it will be no surprise if this device has the largest screen.
Since the leaked images did not indicate any SIM or memory card slots and USB ports, it is unclear at this moment whether the smartphones will allow the use of one or two SIM cards. It is also impossible to declare whether the already available internal memory can be enhanced externally. Because there are going to be no buttons, the fingerprint scanner will be in almost all probability be integrated below the display screen if at all present in the final working model. One thing that definitely catches the eye on a glimpse of the leaked images is that the Ocean series will have dual primary cameras. Also, details of the front shutterbug and under the hood details are still being kept in the dark.
It must be borne in mind that as of now, at the time of writing this article, the manufacturer has not given out any details of its Ocean project. So, there is absolutely no clue about if the Ocean series will see the light of the day. And if the company announces its decision go ahead with the project, all that HTC fans can do is to wait and see when the devices will reach out to them. Also, there are very high chances that Ocean is just a codename that is being used for the time being.