Industry leaker, Evan Blass, provided this inside information on the soon to be announced flagship, which will apparently make use of touch sensors built into its body to allow inputs to be made.
This fits in with earlier leaks which referred to the ‘Sense Touch’ system being developed by the Taiwanese manufacturer, moving towards an age when physical buttons of all types are entirely eliminated from smartphones.
Even with some modern devices doing away with the home button and front-mounted physical inputs, the sides of most smartphones still feature things like volume rockers and power buttons. By adding touch sensitivity instead, it could be possible for the HTC U to have a much cleaner design by comparison with its rivals.
This is a fairly minor innovation, but one which could be influential if it proves to be true. The HTC U is expected to sport a 5.5 inch screen, the latest Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm and an impressive set of cameras to give it excellent photographic capabilities in an already snap-happy market.