The ZTE Nubia Z9 is expected to be introduced on May 6, and a new teaser released on Tuesday in China asks us to expect a new way of interacting with the device.
According to Ni Fei, GM of ZTE, there have been two important events in smartphone history related to user interaction. The first, dating back to the 1990s, was the introduction of the Nokia physical QWERTY keyboard. The second was the unveiling of the touchscreen Apple iPhone in the 2000s. According to the teaser, a third such event will be coming with the unwrapping of the Nubia Z9. ZTE calls it the "third interaction revolution."
All this could be in reference to the bezel-less display the ZTE Nubia Z9 is expected to sport, along with a feature called 3D edge touch. This will allow the user to press on the edge of the screen where a bezel might normally be, will open the camera, activate the shutter, make phone calls and more. ZTE plans on opening up the 3D edge touch API for third parties to develop more features for it.
We don't know if this can compare to the impact made by the QWERTY keyboard by Nokia or the capacitive touchscreen by Apple on the iPhone, but we are keen to see how it all pans out.
source - ZTE (Weibo) | Anzhuo.cn (translated)