Manta X7 smartphone replaces buttons with “smart bezels”


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Low cost and high specs were once enough to win in the smartphone market, now it is originality and innovation, two features the new Manta X7 have loads of.

Manta are marketing their new, and first, smart device as the “smartphone from tomorrow”. So what exactly does the smartphone of tomorrow, or a self-proclaimed future phone offer that a phone of today does not? Well Manta believe in the future smartphones will come buttonless, and have created a device with a smart bezel.

The smart bezel system give the sides, left, right (in gold) house touch sensors for turning the phone on and off and adjusting the volume. An onscreen ‘hot thumb’ area is designed to read gestures from your thumb to bring up widgets such as a mini phone dialer.

So far the teasers have only revealed these details and we are still unsure what other features of tomorrow, or what the hardware of the phone will include, although we are fairly sure this will be a Mediatek device.

Designs of the phone are features in the teasers, which show a similar silhouette to the Nexus 4 with a polished alloy rear panel. The Manta X7 should be available in China later this month.

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20 Comments

  1. Dean Plush
    December 1, 2014

    at last some innovation in the smartphone world. Everything was getting boring.

    • desponent
      December 2, 2014

      I’m alright with “boring” as long as it’s usable (and getting more usable by the days).

      • Dean Plush
        December 2, 2014

        i guess boring in this case meant difficult to use. coz when phones went from button pushing to touch we all assumed that it was for better usability. Seriously, I have always thought there was something not right about having buttons on the side of phones on which everything else was touch.

  2. mf1gt3r
    December 1, 2014

    Now that’s true ingenuity. I like the design.

  3. Evgenij Nebotov
    December 1, 2014

    looks alright, would give it a try 🙂

  4. Dean Plush
    December 1, 2014

    at last some innovation in the smartphone world. Everything was getting boring.

    • desponent
      December 2, 2014

      I’m alright with “boring” as long as it’s usable (and getting more usable by the days).

    • Dean Plush
      December 2, 2014

      i guess boring in this case meant difficult to use. coz when phones went from button pushing to touch we all assumed that it was for better usability. Seriously, I have always thought there was something not right about having buttons on the side of phones on which everything else was touch.

  5. mf1gt3r
    December 1, 2014

    Now that’s true ingenuity. I like the design.

  6. Evgenij Nebotov
    December 1, 2014

    looks alright, would give it a try 🙂

  7. Ruub
    December 1, 2014

    Now that is something worth fapping to!

  8. Ruub
    December 1, 2014

    Now that is something worth fapping to!

  9. desponent
    December 2, 2014

    This phone will be forgotten in warpspeed.

  10. iANDROID8.1
    December 2, 2014

    This what I am envisioning few years ago but still physical buttons with good tactile feedbacks are better

  11. desponent
    December 2, 2014

    This phone will be forgotten in warpspeed.

  12. a3564645645
    December 2, 2014

    IT168 just posted an article containing photo leaks of Manta X7 as well as some of its specs and features. A short rundown:
    – Seemingly runs Android KitKat based on the photos
    – 2GB RAM
    – 32GB internal storage
    – 5.5 inch screen
    – 1080p capable
    – “Hi color” what? Screen density or richness of colors on the screen?
    – 4200mAh battery
    – Widgets move in 3D
    – Runs on Snapdragon 801
    – Has 13MP Sony Exmor IMX214 sensor on both of the cameras
    – Manta’s official website still not up as of this posting
    – Has USB 41-pin adapter
    – The words after “Designed by” in the smartphone’s back in the photo are hard to read because it is low-res

  13. December 2, 2014

    It’s true that we never:
    – have to force a shutdown, smartphones never bug
    – use smartphones with gloves

    – want to boot on fastboot/recovery mode
    It’ll be a great jail !

  14. iANDROID8.1
    December 2, 2014

    This what I am envisioning few years ago but still physical buttons with good tactile feedbacks are better

  15. Guest
    December 2, 2014

    IT168 just posted an article containing photo leaks of Manta X7 as well as some of its specs and features. A short rundown:
    – Seemingly runs Android KitKat based on the photos
    – 2GB RAM
    – 32GB internal storage
    – 5.5 inch screen
    – 1080p capable
    – “Hi color” what? Screen density or richness of colors on the screen?
    – 4200mAh battery
    – Widgets move in 3D
    – Runs on Snapdragon 801
    – Has 13MP Sony Exmor IMX214 sensor on both of the cameras
    – Manta’s official website still not up as of this posting
    – Has USB 41-pin adapter
    – The words after “Designed by” in the smartphone’s back in the photo are hard to read because it is low-res

  16. benbugohit
    December 2, 2014

    It’s true that we never:
    – have to force a shutdown, smartphones never bug
    – use smartphones with gloves

    – want to boot on fastboot/recovery mode
    It’ll be a great jail !