Today, HTC issued a "Save the Date" for the launch event for its latest U flagship smartphone: May 16. HTC has been mum about details, but its "Squeeze for the brilliant U" event announcement seems to confirm rumors about a touch-sensitive frame.

Reliable rumors (specifically, those from industry leaker Evan Blass) describe the forthcoming HTC U as having touch-sensitive sensors embedded in the metal frame that allow customizable action gestures like squeezing the phone and swiping its sides.


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Whereas other manufacturers are eliminating bezels all together, HTC seems to be supercharging them. Of course, we'll need some hands-on time with the phone to see whether this innovation is worthwhile and how well it is implemented.

The HTC U will also reportedly have some capable internals, including the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor seen first in Samsung's latest Galaxy S8 flagships. It is also expected to have a 5.5-inch, 2,560 x 1,440 display, 12 MP rear camera and 16 MP front camera.

We'll find out more through HTC's May 16 event, which will be live-streamed from Taiwan at 2 PM local time (unfortunately for US fans, that's 2 AM EST).