HTC’s new hero phone looks to please with a squeeze

The HTC U11 is probably the first phone with hug-based haptics

16 May 2017
by Stuff Staff

Forget tapping a touchscreen – the HTC U11 is built for squeezing.

Edge Sense touch panels running down the sides of the 5.5in flagship detect your digits, launching apps, phone features or waking up your AI assistant. So yeah, now you can squeeze for a selfie.

There’s a range-topping Snapdragon 835 CPU inside, along with HTC’s trademark Ultrapixel tech powering the 12MP rear camera, and it’s all wrapped up in a pearl-like glass and metal body that’s guaranteed to grab everyone’s attention. You’ll be able to pick one up in June, and regionally they will come specced out at 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage for US$710, substantially cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S8.

You might want to wait, though: not long after launch, it’ll arrive in a crazy, colour-shifting red and gold finish that looks lifted from the same psychedelic paint catalogue as old TVR sports cars.

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