HTC has released a teaser for the launch of its next flagship device, which is being touted as the world’s first squeezable smartphone.
The teaser, which was posted on HTC’s official Twitter account, shows a hand holding a smartphone.
— HTC (@htc) 20 April 2017
When the hand appears to squeeze the edge of the smartphone an animated ripple appears on screen suggesting the device could have a unique input method.
The device is thought to be called the HTC U and comes with the tag line: “Squeeze for the Brilliant U”.
HTC says the device will be officially unveiled on May 16. However, there are already a number of reports detailing the new technology circulating online.
According to Android Headlines, the HTC U will include something called Edge Sense, which is pressure sensitive and will allow users to squeeze the phone in order to launch applications when the phone is locked.
This could mean that users can squeeze the device to launch the camera, for example, with short squeezes and long squeezes performing different tasks or offering up different options.
The HTC is expected to include a 5.5 quad HD display and be powered by a Snapdragon 836 chipset alongside 4GB of RAM. It is also rumoured to include 64GB of internal storage and have a 3,000 mAh battery with fast charging capabilities.
The device is also believed to have a 12MP rear camera and no headphone jack.