HTC to release ‘squeezable smartphone’

HTC to release ‘squeezable smartphone’ [Image: ouh_desire via iStock]

HTC has released a teaser video for its new smartphone, which has been designed to be squeezed by users.

The Android Nougat-running HTC U is set to feature pressure sensors in the frame of the device, which means it can be controlled by squeezing the sides of the smartphone. It will be the third release in the U series, following January’s U Play and U Ultra.

Tech insider Evan Blass, who has previously leaked a number of accurate details about other smartphones, said that the HTC U will feature what is known as Edge Sense. This is composed of a number of frame-embedded sensors that will “enable the user to control numerous, customisable actions with gestures such as squeezing or swiping along its left and right sides”.

It will be one of the more innovative smartphone releases in recent years, with HTC facing tough competition from Samsung’s 2017 flagship release the Galaxy S8, which has revolutionised the smartphone screen by almost entirely removing the bezels and introducing the Infinity Display.

TechRadar.com has reported that Edge Sense could allow users to answer the phone by simply squeezing it, marking a first for smartphone design.

According to T3.com, the HTC U will feature a nearly bezel-free display, with a 5.5 inch screen with QHD resolution and a Gorilla Glass covering. It will likely be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU, giving the device up to 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of storage and microSD expansion.

The smartphone will also likely have a 12MP f/1.7 UltraPixel rear camera, as well as a 16MP front-facing lens. It is also expected to feature a 3,000mAh battery, Bluetooth 5.0, high resolution audio, as well as active noise cancellation.

The HTC U will be officially unveiled on May 16th, with a global release expected shortly after that.