Last week we heard rumors that Nokia was working on a new Windows Phone handset codenamed McLaren. Unfortunately apart from the name, not much else was known about the device then, at least until now where sources familiar with the handset revealed to The Verge some of the phone’s upcoming features.
For starters, the handset is expected to be the successor to the Nokia Lumia 1020 and is said to sport an even more powerful camera than its predecessor. Secondly, their sources have told them that the phone will come with unique gestures and features that will allow the user to interact with their device without having to touch any buttons.
This technology is reportedly known as 3D Touch or Real Motion, and has been a piece of technology developed at Nokia for the past few years, prior to Microsoft officially acquiring the company. Some examples of how 3D Touch will work includes being able to answer a call just by placing the phone next to your ear, or ending a call by placing it in your pocket.
Placing the phone on the table will also enable the speakerphone, and dragging your fingers along the edge of the phone will let you zoom in with the camera. The phone will also be able to detect orientation based on your grip, so you don’t have to worry about the screen’s orientation shifting around while lying in bed.
Now if all of this sounds familiar, it is because Amazon is reportedly developing something similar of their own which is expected to debut in their upcoming smartphone, which will be happening on the 18th of June. There’s no telling when the Nokia McLaren will make its debut, but 3D Touch/Real Motion sounds mighty interesting and could pave the way to how we interact with our phones in the future.
In the meantime take it with a grain of salt, but what do you guys make of this rumored feature?