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May 15, 2017

HTC U official launch event on 16 May, here’s how to watch it

by John_A

HTC is hosting a media event tomorrow, on 16 May 2017, to take place at 2pm in Taipei, 2am in New York, so 7am in London.

It will be hosting a live feed online and we hope to have the stream here on Pocket-lint for you to watch. Alternatively, you will also be able to view it on HTC’s official website here.

The event is undoubtedly for the HTC U, the company’s 2017 flagship smartphone that will sit above the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play.

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One of the features we’ve written about several times is its touch-sensitive frame. Expected to be called Edge Sense, the technology will place sensors around body of the phone that will be used to control various functions.

As to what functions can be controlled remains to be seen, although leaked renders and a video shows the sides being used to call up a side panel of apps and then being able to select one by scrolling your finger or thumb along the edge. HTC itself has been talking about squeezy sides for a couple of weeks too.

It appears to make controlling the phone a lot easier with one hand, as you don’t need to stretch your thumb across the screen.

Alleged official press pics show a front-mounted home button – being held in a hand and given a small squeeze. The video doesn’t show what action this causes on the phone though.

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Other specs for the HTC U are said to include a 5.5-inch WQHD 2560 x 1440 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 12-megapixel rear camera, 16-megapixel front-facing camera, 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, Android 7.1 Nougat and HTC’s own Sense 9 UI.

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