In the past, Microsoft had been experimenting with a Windows Phone which featured 3D Touch-like features and other gestres which would pretty much define how you used the device. But while it was cancelled back in 2014 (the same year it was created) while still in prototype stages, somehow Windows Central was able to get their hands on it and give it a thorough review.
The device, called the Nokia McLaren, looks a bit like the Lumia 925 and 1020 combined with it’s big camera bump and overall size and color scheme. It’s 5.5-inch full HD screen, 2GB of RAM, Snapdragon 800 processor, 32GB of storage, and 20MP camera were all detailed in Windows Central’s video of the handset. They also covered the different gestures you could perform on the phone to initiate different functions available.
For example, hovering your finger over different tiles and options within the Windows Phone OS of the Nokia McLaren would allow you to interact with the handset without ever touching the screen. By using different sensors built into the display, the McLaren could detect when you were moving your finger over the panel and would respond with visual feedback depending on where you were inside the OS.
In addition, answering phone calls by simply bringing the phone up to your ear, placing a call on speaker by setting the handset on a table or counter, and hanging up by placing he device in your pocket were all built into this device. But while these features were functioning, they did prove to be on the buggy side as Microsoft had never finished the work needed to finalize the technology built inside the McLaren. Not even the camera was finished, as Windows Central notes they could only take pictures at 8MP while sources close to Microsoft told them that the firm was planning to make taking pictures somewhere between 21MP – 23MP possible.
Nonetheless, it’s still interesting to see what the Nokia McLaren could’ve/would’ve brought to the table. But even with it’s specifications alone (like it’s processor type and RAM count), it still would’ve made a pretty great standard smartphone, even if Microsoft decided to remove all the 3D Touch gestures from it.
While Microsoft hasn’t totally cancelled their 3D Touch project, there’s still hope for a future with more hover-sensitive devices from the firm. Stay with MBEDDED for more on this subject.
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