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HTC U 'squeezable' flagship smartphone launches 16th May

by Mark Tyson on 20 April 2017, 13:31

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Smart device and VR HMD maker HTC has announced that it will launch the HTC U flagship smartphone on 16th May. HTC has published a countdown website for the event (18 days to go). Promotional material and videos for the upcoming event tease a key differentiating feature for the new smartphone - a squeezable frame for quick and intuitive UI interaction. The launch event will run simultaneously in Taipei (2pm), London (7am) and New York (2am) on 16th May.

As you can see in the video embedded above, HTC suggests that you "squeeze for the brilliant U". According to various reports, HTC has embedded sensors in the frame of the HTC U and these allow it to read squeezes, strokes and so on applied by the holder.

Smartphone leak specialist Evan Blass reckons the HTC U includes tech previously teased in a device codenamed the 'HTC Ocean'. Early details of the HTC Ocean with Sense Touch were revealed last year.

Beyond the above special feature of 'Edge Sense' the HTC U is expected to pack the following specs:

  • A 5.5-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • 12MP IMX362 main camera, 16MP IMX351 on the front
  • 3000mAh battery
  • No 3.5mm headphone socket

Will 'Edge Sense' help the HTC U stand out among the flagship smartphone crowd? Specs alone cannot indicate how well the technology is implemented and how well it will work in practical day-to-day usage. It's probably wise to check out numerous reviews after launch, or even try out the squeezable frame UI yourself in a store before you order.

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It uses the same Sony IMX362 main camera as found in the Moto G5 Plus?? Wait,wut??
so much inovation I can hardly wait to upgrade from my brick (not!)
so they found a way how to utilize the unusably large screen every phone comes with
I was expecting to see some kind of flexible screen arrangement, which would be pretty exciting IMO. This is probably little more than a daft bit of tech that will last for 1 generation and be forgotten about.
Definitely a gimmick, as others have implied. If I had to upgrade my phone to a flagship model right now, I'd go for the soon-to-be-available AGM X2 rugged smartphone, which comes with a 6000mAh battery.