If you love your smartphone so much that sometimes you want to give it a little squeeze, the HTC U11 might be for you …

Well, if you do so with HTC’s new phone – the U11 – it will respond accordingly by taking a selfie, opening apps, or triggering voice control.

The technology, called Edge Sense, works through sensors built into the side of the device.

The smartphone is also the first to include support for both the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa smart virtual assistants.

The U11, which will cost £649, was unveiled at a live event in Taiwan and is HTC’s challenge to the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7.

The new HTC U11 smartphone

The U11 is HTC’s rival to the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8 (Picture: PA)

The Edge Sense technology also works when the phone is wet and if the user if wearing gloves, HTC said, and it will also support voice dictation for messages.

The two voice assistants, best known for powering rival smart home speakers Google Home and Amazon Echo, will be made available side by side for the first time on the U11.

HTC’s own Sense Companion assistant – which uses artificial intelligence to ‘learn’ user habits and suggest content based on that – is also built into the phone.

The U11 also has a:

  • 12 megapixel, UltraPixel 3 rear-facing camera to smooth shaky photography.
  • The front-facing ‘selfie’ camera is 16 megapixels and can also be triggered by voice command.
  • The USonic earphones will filter out background noise.

It will be available in the UK in June.