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- Dec 30, 2010
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It's hard to very many innovative ideas in smartphones these days. For the most part, OEMs are content to keep building the status quo with only a few tweaks here and there. Because of that, anytime we see something potentially different we just have to share it, even if it won't live up to expectations.
A new smartphone is available in international markets that definitely satisfies the "new idea" side of things. After hearing about it, we'll let you guys speculate on whether it will be worth more than that. It's called the Manta 7X, and its internal specs are nothing to write home about, although they area the "high-end" for the middle of last year. Despite that, there are some design choices which spark our interest.
One is that the device has been given a super-beefy 4200mAH battery. This is obviously something that more manufacturers need to start paying attention to, as improved/long battery life is easily the most sought after feature for many users.
There's something else which really makes this device stand out though, and that is that it has absolutely zero physical buttons. The only external break in its overall design comes from where you plug in the USB charger. Here's a quote with details on how the phone functions without physical buttons,
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.
As you can see, even thought the value of this "feature" is basically just found in its aesthetic qualities, it's still a unique idea for a smartphone, and those are few and far between these days. The phone can be ordered in English for international markets, but will set you back a stout, $650 (4,080 Yuan). The reason that is a bit steep is because of those previously mentioned year-old specs. Here they are below:
- 5.5" Sharp-made display with a 1080p resolution, (401 PPI)
- 2.5 GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 801
- 2 GB of RAM
- 32 GB of internal storage
- IP 55 rating - resistant to water and dust,
- Both front and rear cam - 13 MP Sony IMX 214 sensor with optical image stabilization and super-wide angle (88°) and F/2.0 aperture
- The front camera is protected by a sapphire glass and has a dual-tone LED flash
- 4,200 mAh battery
- Android 4.4 – a skin, dubbed "MO7 OS"
We have several more images of the Manta 7X in the thread below.