Recently, HTC designer, Danelle Vermeulen, accidentally posted a video showcasing a mysterious smartphone dubbed the HTC Ocean. Although the video has been taken down since, well-known leaker Evan Blass has reuploaded the video, and we really wish the Ocean was a real smartphone.
The video showcases a new feature known as Sense Touch. As the video below demonstrates, users can control various functions of the device, such as the volume level, by simply touching on the side of the smartphone; there’s no physical button at all.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 20, 2016
On top of that, Sense Touch also features a Contextual UI. Presumably, the function of the side…sensors (?) will change based on what app is currently open. If the camera app is open, the exposure value can be adjusted using the side of the phone; it can even act as a shutter button. In some ways, Sense Touch is akin to Xiaomi’s Edge Tap feature, which was featured on the Xiaomi Mi 4c.
However, despite how innovative HTC Ocean and its Sense Touch feature are (not to mention the dual-camera setup), Vermeulen mentioned that this video is “just a conceptual piece and does not represent any real product from HTC,” which is unfortunate. Here’s hoping the Ocean will eventually be released as a real consumer product, although it’s wishful thinking at this point in time.