HTC Teases Squeeze Feature on New U-Series Smartphone, Hands-on Video Emerges
HTC has teased the squeeze feature of its upcoming U-series smartphone ahead of its [formal launch on Thursday. A hands-on video has also emerged online to give a glimpse of not just one but two new HTC smartphones that would expand the company’s U-series range. The smartphones are rumoured to be called the HTC U11 Plus and U11 Life, and rumoured previously.
Posted on Twitter, the latest teaser points to some similarities between the previously launched HTC U11 and the upcoming handset. The tweet reads, “A new squeeze is coming,” confirming the presence of a squeezable frame on the next smartphone. The tweet also has a six-second video which includes a preview of the previous teasers that hinted a bezel-less display and a rear-facing fingerprint scanner on the next HTC smartphone.
Although HTC is expected to launch one new U-series smartphone on November 2, a hands-on video has been leaked to hint the development of the HTC U11 Plus and U11 Life. The company would launch the U11 Plus, also rumoured earlier, on a later date — in line with what prolific tipster Evan Blass reported recently. However, the video, with over five minutes of playtime, showcases the key features of both new smartphones.
According to the narrator of the hands-on video, the U11 Plus comes with Edge Sense to let users enable new features by squeezing its frame. The U11 Life, on the other hand, is said to be marketed under Google’s Android One programme that recently added the Xiaomi Mi A1. The smartphone appears to have a pure Android version with a Pixel-like interface.
Earlier this week, the key specifications of the HTC U11 Life surfaced on a T-Mobile listing. The online listing revealed the handset would debut with a 5.2-inch full-HD)display and a Snapdragon 630 SoC. The smartphone also appeared to have 3GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, and 16-megapixel camera sensors on the front and back.
A TENAA listing, which was spotted last week, highlighted the hardware of the HTC U11 Plus. It suggested a 6-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio. If we believe a Geekbench listing, the new HTC smartphone will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset and run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.