Meizu 16 and HTC U12: Pressure Sensitive Buttons Overview

Pressure sensitive buttons in phones will change a lot of things

These days the home and volume buttons on the side of phones are getting replaced by sensors that work on hepatic feedback. So, you’re not going to find physical buttons on the phone for volume control or for the homescreen.

The evolution was a long time coming. With touch screens occupying the centre spot in phones and every action and response controlled with touch sensitive screens, it’s only natural that hepatic sensors will be used instead of pressure guided physical buttons.

Here we will discuss two phones that will feature pressure sensors that give them more abilities:

Meizu 16

Meizu 16 and HTC U12: Pressure Sensitive Buttons Overview

Meizu’s flagship phone the Meizu 16 will be officially launched by August 2018. There are many on-going teaser videos available online on the phone revealing features and specs. For one there won’t be any physical home button on the front body. Instead there will be a pressure sensitive button that will double up as the home button. This feature was only seen in Galaxy S8 up until now. Also mBack gestures will be added to the screen— one tap meaning you will get back to previous screen and a long tap meaning you will be taken directly to the homescreen.

This solution is a bit more complicated than the simple gestures the Super mBack button does in the more affordable Meizu M6s. That phone supports left and right swipes that you can assign to different tasks.

There will be at least two variants the first one featuring Snapdragon 710 processor and the second variant featuring Snapdragon 845 processor.


Meizu 16 and HTC U12: Pressure Sensitive Buttons Overview

The HTC HTC U12 Plus also features similar aspects. There are hepatic pressure sensors that are touted as the most powerful feature of the phone.

One of the defining qualities of the flagship phone would be the addition of Edge Sense. So you will be able to make the phone do several things by squeezing lower sides which will now feature hepatic feedback buttons.

Several things that we can think of are: quick launch of several or favorite apps, carrying out certain actions and so on.

According to the official page, here are the actions that would take precedence.

  • Edge Launcher will allow quick access to apps, contacts and settings.
  • The sensors can be used to guide the launch of the HTC camera app. All you need to do is use short squeeze gesture to launch it by default.
  • The HTC phone would also feature a default voice assistant and by default is assigned to the squeeze and hold gesture.
  • The music app by default is also assigned to a gesture. You can launch it by giving a short squeeze to the hepatic sensors and play or pause music.
  • The sensors can also launch HTC Sense Companion.
  • Launch other installed apps
  • Can be used to take screenshots, turn the flashlight on or off.
  • And also do voice recording.
  • The buttons also enable you to turn wi-fi on or off and expand the notifications bar.
  • Other than that the phone will have a 6 inch display and is IP68 rated for dust and water resistance.
  • There’s no screen or headphone jack and Edge Sense would be sufficient to control sound settings.

What do you think of the pressure sensors in phones? Do let us know.

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