Despite facing some rather significant challenges these last few years, HTC is still very much in the game. Following the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play announced a couple months ago, it looks like the suffix-lacking HTC U is on the way and it could boast one of the biggest game-changing features we’ve seen in a while. Say hello to Edge Sense.

Apparently, the phone previously codenamed as the HTC Ocean is becoming a reality simply as the HTC U. The central specs should position it well against other flagships, including a 5.5-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixel) screen, Snapdragon 835 (the same one expected on the Samsung Galaxy S8), 12MP IMX362 main rear camera, 16MP IMX351 front camera, 64/128 GB of storage, and Android 7.1 Nougat with the HTC Sense 9 UI.

The key differentiating feature, though, is Edge Sense. In effect, the metal frame around the phone becomes both pressure and touch sensitive. It’s supposed to be fully customizable too. For example, you can squeeze the side to bring up a quick launch menu (like in the picture above). The sensors embedded in the frame can also be used to bring up advanced camera controls, media controls, or whatever else.

If you’ve ever gotten frustrated with your thumb blocking the screen, Edge Sense could be an intriguing solution. The HTC U will likely be revealed next month with the global launch to follow in May.

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