HTC is set to launch a ‘squeezable phone’ at its May 16 event in Taiwan, and it has now rolled out a teaser video stressing on the word ‘squeeze’ even more. The company is expected to launch the HTC U smartphone, and its biggest highlight is said to be the Edge sensors that perform different functions by swiping, squeezing or tapping the metal edges.
The video is a montage of essentially all things ‘squeezable’ i.e., avocados, buns, ketchup bottles, toys, fruits, and more. In the montage, HTC also sneakily includes a sneak peek of sorts of the upcoming smartphone. The edge of the device is shown, and by the teaser it seems that the smartphone will be a sleek device with a glass back, and will be available in Blue. The video ends with the event date and timings which is 2.00pm Taipei time (11.30am IST).
Based on past leaks, the edge sensors seem to be placed on the bottom half of the handset, right where one would normally grip the smartphone. Other tipped features include dual speakers on the top and bottom and the USB Type-C port will support HTC’s USonic earphones. Video and image capture is also tipped to get a boost with Smart Video Zoom support and real-time HDR scene detection, as well as four microphones embedded in the phone to record 3D audio or Hi-Res audio.
The dual-SIM HTC U is expected to be running Android 7.1 Nougat, and sport a 5.5-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display with Gorilla Glass 5 on top. The handset will be powered by the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM options. It is tipped to sport a 12-megapixel Sony IMX362 sensor at the back and a 16-megapixel IMX351 sensor over at the front. It will be offered with either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage depending on the RAM. The latest leaks rates the battery at 3000mAh with Quick Charge 3.0. Connectivity options listed include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.2.