Taiwanese firm HTC is said to be launching a ‘squeezable’ smartphone next month.
The flagship device would be the first of its kind, featuring touch sensors embedded in the frame around the edge of the phone.
This means that users would be able to launch certain apps from the lock screen by simply squeezing the phone.
A teaser video posted on the firm’s Twitter feed shows a handset being squeezed between the holder’s fingertips.
When squeezed, an animated ripple emanates from the phone hinting at the new squeezable technology.
— HTC (@htc) April 20, 2017
The phone is set to be officially unveiled on 16 May.
While HTC hasn’t confirmed any further details, online rumours suggest that the new phone may be the codenamed ‘Ocean’ handset.
Previous reports referred to ‘Edge Sense’ technology which involves squeeze-sensitive sensors placed around the edges of the phone.
It is thought that the new handset will be called the HTC U when it eventually launches.
This week, the firm sent out invites to the launch of the new handset featuring the cryptic tagline “Squeeze for the Brilliant U”.
The HTC U is rumoured to have a 5.5-inch display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, along with a Snapdragon 835 processor.
It is expected to run on Google’s latest smartphone software – Android Nougat 7.1.