The HTC U’s presence has been confirmed, and also while we’ll need to wait until May 16 to see HTC’s new flagship in its complete, official form, the phone’s biggest new attribute has currently been greatly leaked and also teased.

We’re talking, of course, concerning the pressure-sensitive framework, which is readied to provide you a brand-new means to engage with your phone.

But how exactly will it work? And just how much will it actually be able to do? Using the info offered to us, we aim to respond to those questions.

What is Edge Sense?

Edge Sense, or Feeling Touch as it’s been hired some leakages, is an attribute which allows you to press the sides of the HTC U to engage with it.

Interactions could take various types, which we’ll cover below, yet believe mostly releasing apps or changing settings.

Essentially after that, Side Sense is most likely to be a bit like having an adjustable switch – albeit one which you’ll want to show off to people – and also based upon leaked set-up screen photos it appears you’ll be able to toggle it to do two different things – one with a lengthy press, and an additional with a brief one.


In fact, it might do a lot more, as although the leaked arrangement screen images just reveal short and long presses, various other leaks recommend you may be able to swipe the edge also, and that it might be context-sensitive.

Some leaks even recommend that Edge Feeling will certainly exist instead of particular physical switches – so there may not be quantity switches on the side of your phone as an example, with you instead simply swiping the edge to alter the quantity, though we’re hesitant that HTC would certainly ditch such vital buttons for an unproven feature.

And whether or not buttons are still present it’s likely that only part of the framework will certainly be pressure-sensitive, as most leakages until now only reveal individuals connecting with the leading 3rd on either side.

The leaked setup screen allows you select in between three different level of sensitivity levels, probably to avoid it mistakenly shooting when the phone’s in a limited pocket or just being held.

It additionally keeps in mind that Side Sense may not function correctly in some protective instances, which makes feeling, however might limit its usefulness.

What can Edge Sense do?

We don’t have a conclusive solution to this yet, but we do have a good concept of some of the important things it could have the ability to do.

Based on HTC’s official intro for the HTC U, which has the tagline “squeeze for the brilliant”, we’re confident that you’ll be able to press the sides, so the long and also brief presses mentioned above will likely feature.

At a minimum, these will probably enable you to introduce applications as well as features of the HTC U. The dripped set up display explains that a brief squeeze when the display gets on would launch the camera for example – though it’s not clear whether the display should get on for all interactions, or whether various points will take place when the screen is off.

It’s likely that Edge Sense will certainly be personalized to some level, so you’ll most likely be able to choose which applications and functions launch when you squeeze the sides, though specifically just how adjustable is once more unknown. It could be that HTC offers you a selection of features to pick from, or it could be that you can customize Edge Feeling to do almost anything you want.

Either way, we wouldn’t be surprised if you could surpass just introducing apps, as well as obtain quick access to favorite calls and other points that could reasonably be taken care of with a solitary squeeze.

It’s also very feasible that Side Feeling will exceed on/off interactions and let you change the volume, scroll down website and communicate with applications, by letting you swipe along with squeeze as well as by offering context-sensitive interactions.

Examples of these are displayed in the video over, which was leaked a while back and also initially thought to be a principle phone. While that concept currently seems to be a fact, its last kind may well be various – and also much less ambitious – so we’d take it with a grain of salt.

The video especially highlights quick access to music as well as Google Assistant, with a contextual UI and the unclear capability to “launch anything”, “access anything” and “do everything”.

Another principle video clip shows a user interface that’s similar to the Edge screen found on phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S8, with a checklist of apps that stand out up at the edge of the display, however as opposed to swiping in from the side of the screen to gain access to these, below you press the phone, then move your finger up or down the frame to scroll via the applications, as well as seemingly tap the framework to introduce one.

It additionally shows up that you could raise that menu on either side of the display, by pressing/squeezing one side or the other, and also it’s likely that you’d obtain a different selection of applications and also features on each side.

How a lot of this will certainly have made it past the concept stage and into the HTC U is vague. At worst, if all you could do is establish it to release a particular app, we’ll likely be entrusted to a sort of great yet eventually somewhat gimmicky adjustable button.

But if you could swipe as well as press as well as access context-sensitive actions, or perhaps just an added food selection like Samsung’s Side screen, it could be a really valuable function, and precisely the important things HTC requires to stand apart from the crowd.

  • Hopefully the HTC U will certainly be better than the HTC U Ultra