But it’s not quite what you think. Unlike Amazon’s Firefly which brings you a 3D virtual space, Microsoft is looking to enable gesture control on their new phones in three dimensions with what Microsoft is calling “3D Touch”.
Both phones will support what Microsoft calls “3D Touch”, and one aspect that has been revealed so far is ‘MixView’ where a screen tile can be made to react to your finger hovering over it by displaying mini-tiles with shortcuts, allowing the user to quickly complete tasks without having to open an app or run a search for a particular function.
That’s not all though, as The Verge reports that Microsoft has been reaching out to top developers to support the new system with apps and games, but already features like answering calls by holding the phone to your ear are said to be supported, along with the ability to enable speakerphone simply by placing the phone down on a table.
Sensors around the device are supposed to allow the phone to be able to understand how it is being held, hence allowing for better orientation switching as opposed to the current rotation lock setting. The handset’s bezels will also be able to control elements of the user interface, and a large number of sensors will be placed all over the device. Swiping the bezel of a handset could allow you to zoom in and out on your camera for example, while placing your phone against your chest might mute it.
The first device (dubbed “McLaren”) is said to be a 5.2 inch device with a 1080p display 20MP camera and 64GB storage that adds support for touch and gestures in three dimensions, while a larger 6-inch handset is set to be released later this year, replacing the Lumia 1520.
For a better idea of what 3D touch is, check out the video below: