After a month of speculation, the Taiwanese company has officially announced their upcoming squeezable flagship phone, HTC U. Images of the smartphone leaked this week showed that it will have the Edge Sense. This feature will allow users to squeeze, swipe or tap the sides of the phone for it to do various functions. And now, the phone maker themselves have confirmed the outstanding aspect through a video posted on Twitter.
The video, though very short, showed an HTC U being squeezed by a hand. It is accompanied by the tagline, "Squeeze for the Brilliant U," and a launch date. According to the video and the tweet, the unveiling is set on May 16, 2 PM in Taipei. Meanwhile, New York and London can witness the event at 2 AM and 7 AM, respectively.
According to Gadgets 360, the Edge Sense lets users pull up applications and perform different functions just by squeezing, swiping or tapping the phone's metal edges. Further, the Taiwanese phone manufacturer's tweet also confirmed what the flagship leaks have shown. The sensors are on the sides of the lower half of HTC U.
Although the company has not confirmed it, the HTC U is rumored to have a dual sim slot. It is also supposed to run on Android's Nougat that will be accompanied by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset. The flagship handset is also likely to have a 5.5-inch QHD display protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
The Xindian District-headquartered electronics firm is also speculated to give consumers RAM and internal storage options. They can choose between an HTC U with 4GB RAM and 64GB pace or 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.
As of late, the company has been struggling in the smartphone market, CNBC notes. It has to face tough competition with Apple and Samsung in the high-end phone category and with the likes of Oppo and Vivo in the mid-tier. HTC is also in a financial slump and has tried to regain their footing by going into the virtual reality business with Vive.