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HTC phone with touch-sensitive frame launching soon, says report

by Brandon Russell | March 28, 2017March 28, 2017 12:00 pm PDT

What was originally considered a concept by HTC may be turned into a real product as early as next month.

According to a report from Venture Beat, the Taiwanese company is gearing up to release an innovative new flagship, codenamed Ocean, that will take a unique and exciting approach to design by outfitting the phone’s frame with customizable sensors.

Venture Beat’s Evan Blass actually gave us a brief look at the Ocean last year in a video that demonstrated the phone’s unique capabilities. The device will reportedly feature “Sense Touch,” which will allow users to control the device through a number of sensors embedded in the phone’s frame.

“The frame-embedded sensors enable the user to control numerous, customizable actions with gestures such as squeezing or swiping along its left and right sides,” Venture Beat reports.

It’s certainly a novel approach that eliminates the need for users to tap and gesture on the device’s screen. And it seemingly makes one-handed use much easier.

But how useful will it be?

The biggest question ahead of the phone’s launch is how useful these features will actually be. The video below sure makes everything look easy. But real world usage is always different than marketing material suggests.

Even if the device’s unique frame sensors aren’t useful, the phone still sounds beastly. The same Venture Beat report claims the device will feature a Snapdragon 835 processor, a 5.5-inch WQHD display, 12-megapixel camera, microSD card support, and Android Nougat.

When it’s announced next month, HTC will reportedly market the device as HTC U, putting it in the same family as the recent HTC U Ultra.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...