People tend to fall in one of two camps when it comes to covering your smartphone with a case: you either love to protect your investment, or you prefer to admire its industrial design. We’re not saying that either side is right or wrong – though I’ll take a second to note that there are an awful lot of extraordinarily ugly cases out there – but one of the problems with cases featuring a built-in cover is that it, well, covers your phone.
Ah, you say, that’s the point. And I agree! But it also makes it something of a pain if you just want to check in with your phone, scope out the time or maybe the weather, see if you have any notifications, etc.
We’ve seen Samsung, LG, and others try to get around this by putting a window in their case flap, letting you see a pre-defined area of the screen. The little boxes have their own set of clock faces or apps to optimize the reduced screen space.
HTC is going after a different trend: making the display visible without having to sacrifice any case real estate.
The next HTC One iteration will let you take a peek at info like the clock or weather, just by pulling out your phone. And while we don’t know just how this is going to work, if HTC’s smart, it’ll power up the display when it senses it’s being removed from your pocket – making it work more like a watch, and getting rid of an extra button press.
HTC is set to reveal the new HTC One in New York on March 25th.