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HTC has confirmed rumors that its upcoming new smartphone — the U — will be squeezable. In recent weeks, we’ve had a pretty clear idea of what to expect from HTC’s upcoming flagship.

The smartphone, that was codenamed Ocean, was teased by the company with a confirmation that the flagship will be called ‘U’. However, a new report suggests that the name will also get a numerical value along with it i.e. it will be called HTC U 11.

That doesn’t mean the Taiwanese firm is about to ship a rubber device. Rather, the phone’s metal frame will include embedded sensors that enable its owner to control settings and make gestures by squeezing its sides or swiping up and down on them, according to a VentureBeat report from prolific smartphone insider Evan Blass.

In other words, smartphone controls will no longer be limited to the screen.

It’s an intriguing prospect, and we’ll know more when the device is unveiled on May 16, according to today’s HTC teaser. You can expect the company to shed more light on the squeeze mechanics and other features before that date.

Based on recent rumours, the dual-SIM HTC U will be running Android 7.1 Nougat, and sport a 5.5-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display with Gorilla Glass 5 on top. The handset is rumoured to be powered by the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM options.