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HTC U11 is the first phone you can squeezeSqueeze this Android's sides to launch the camera and other apps.
Go ahead, give the HTC U11 a squeeze, you won't break it. What you will do is launch an app like the camera, the flashlight, the voice recorder, even Facebook. The U11 is the first phone that has pressure sensors built into the frame. You can set it up to open two apps this way. For example, a short sweep might open the camera. Give it another quick sweep and you can snap a picture. A long sweep can turn the flashlight on and off. It's interesting and innovative for sure, but it's too soon to tell exactly which apps will make the most sense for this gesture, and if gripping your phone is really the best way to launch a shortcut. I do like that there are a lot of options in the settings menu though. While squeezing to open an ap is the phone's flashiest feature, There is more to this high end flagship. Just check out that smooth, gorgeous glass body and aluminum frame. HTG describes the glass as liquid, and it is easy to see why. It looks like it melted and then hardened into phone form. Warning, it is extremely reflective and easy to smudge. You'll find a 5.5 inch screen, the very latest Android software Of 7.11 Nougat and Qualcomm's fastest processor. There's a 12-megapixel camera in the back and a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens in front. There's a micro SD card for external storage, and the phone is water-resistant for up to 30 [INAUDIBLE] water, or in other words, three feet. There's a fingerprint reader, but no headphone jack. You'll have to use the USB-C port to plug in your headphones. The U11 also has HTC's artificial intelligence software [UNKNOWN] Which can learn your habits and make certain recommendations based on your schedule. And, in addition to Google Assistant, it will incorporate Amazon's Alexa Assistant about a month after the phone launches. And when will that happen? Look for it globally in mid-May or early June. [MUSIC]