HTC U flagship with squeezable frame is launching on May 16

HTC Ultra

The HTC U will be powered by a Snapdragon 835.

We’ve seen several leaks of the HTC U in recent weeks detailing the Taiwanese manufacturer’s upcoming flagship. HTC has now confirmed that it will unveil the HTC U on May 16 in Taiwan. In a short video teasing the device, HTC showed off Edge Sense, a unique feature that’s coming to the flagship phone.

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According to leaked documents, the HTC U will feature a touch-sensitive frame that will allow you to squeeze the sides of the frame to perform actions, like launching an app or taking a photo. The phone itself has specs you’d expect in a flagship launching in mid-2017, including a 5.5-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage (Chinese variants get 6GB RAM/128GB storage), 12MP camera, and a 3000mAh battery. Like recent HTC devices, the HTC U is rumored to eschew the 3.5mm jack, but it may offer water resistance.

HTC Ultra

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With the company’s last flagship — the HTC U Ultra — fizzling out, HTC badly needs a win in this segment. The HTC U looks like it will have the hardware to go head to head with the likes of the LG G6 and the Galaxy S8, but that’s just one part of the equation. With Samsung heavily promoting the Infinity Display and LG counting on its camera prowess, HTC needs an easily marketable feature to entice customers to pick up its phone. And it looks like that feature will be Edge Sense. We’ll find out in three weeks’ time if the feature offers any tangible real-world utility or if it turns out to be another gimmick.

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