HTC U’s Teasing Squeeze

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Unveiling on May 16, the squeezable phone features a touch-sensitive frame that allows easier control of the phone with one hand.

  • Squeezable phone unveiling on 16 May
  • Touch-sensitive frame
  • Easier control with one hand

While there’s been a lot of buzz on the coming of bendable and foldable phones, a squeezable phone is arriving on the scene first with the unveiling of the HTC U on 16 May

Media invitations have been sent out for events in three locations – Taipei, New York and London. The invite for HTC’s next flagship has the teasing tagline ‘Squeeze for the brilliant’ and a letter U with its sides caved in slightly – a hint of the rumoured touch-sensitive frame. The technology anticipated to be called Edge Sense will feature sensors placed around the body of the phone to be used to control various functions.

A leaked video shows the sides being used to call up a side panel of apps and then being able to select one by scrolling a finger or thumb along the edge. It appears to make controlling the phone much easier with one hand, although you will still need to use both hands to type using the onscreen keyboard.

Other specifications are said to include a 5.5-inch WQHD 2560 x 1440 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 12-megapixel rear camera, 16-megapixel front-facing camera, 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, Android 7.1 Nougat and HTC’s own Sense 9 UI.

After this amazing ‘intimate’ way to interact with a phone, what will those brilliant phone designers think of next?