HTC U11 flagship announced with squeeze interaction.
HTC launched its new flagship – the HTC U11 – last month, and it’s a phone with features that none of us really saw coming.
The U11 comes with a brand new squeezing feature, something that HTC said will become the next breakthrough in interaction. Yes, you read that right: The HTC U11 can be squeezed on its sides. Dubbed Edge Sense, the feature uses eight super-thin pressure sensitive strain gauges that are installed into the lower half of the phone’s 5.5-inch frame, and can be squeezed to register any input.
By default, the phone recognizes one input, short squeeze, and that automatically launches the frontfacing camera. From there, you can squeeze the edges one more time to take a photo. Naturally, once you get more accustomed to the device, you can begin assigning specific functions to different squeezing intervals (that are already preset within the phone, of course).
Specification-wise, the phone comes with a 5.5-inch QHD Super LCD 5 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, and two memory and storage variations: 4GB with 64GB internal storage, and 6GB with 128GB internal storage. The HTC U11’s main camera uses a new 12MP, f/1.7 with a large 1.4 μm pixel sensor and optical image stabilization, while the front camera relies on a 16MP, f/2.0 sensor with HTC’s own UltraPixel technology.
Meet the HTC U11, the first smartphone with squeeze technology.