If you don't care much for the wall of text below, here are the basic details so far:
- Name: HTC's next flagship not be named HTC One M10, but just HTC 10
- Design: Full metal body, pronounced chamfers on the back, fingerprint scanner on front, no stereo speakers
- Hardware: Powered by Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4 GB of RAM
- Software: Sense 8, built on top of Android 6.1
- Price, release date: Expected unveiling on April 12
If you like the A9, you'll love the M10.— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 26, 2016
HTC 10 leaked pictures, renders, promo video
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Qualcomm has bragged that the phone will have one of its own chipsets. Of course, this would most probably be the highly-anticipated Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. This educated guess has been confirmed numerous times by various leaksters, as well as presumed preliminary benchmarks made with the device.
The 820 goes back to the good-old quad-core architecture, as the eight cores in the SD 810 certainly didn't do it any favors, causing it to overheat and forcing manufacturers to throttle it in their devices. Well, the brand-new Snapdragon was developed in partnership with Samsung, and is certainly a capable performer in both the Galaxy S7 and the LG G5 units that we've tested. The processor is built on a 14 nm LPP (Low Power Plus or Performance ) process, which basically means that it should offer great productivity at a lower power cost – so, better performance, without reducing battery life. According to an alleged AnTuTu performance test (seen on the right), the HTC 10 may just be one of the most powerful smartphones in 2016.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
After poor performance and heated criticism against the 4 MP cameras in both the One M7 and One M8, HTC has retired the UltraPixel sensor from the main camera of its flagships and instead moved it to the front-facing cam. With the HTC One M9, we got a 20 MP sensor for the back snapper, which did provide better detail, but still crumbled once the scenery's lighting became less than favorable.
With the HTC One A9, which is somewhat of a middle-of-the-way flagship for HTC, the manufacturer switched cameras once again, this time landing on a 13 MP sensor, which produced better results than the one in the M9. According to old rumors, the HTC 10 will come with a 12 MP UltraPixel sensor, assisted by laser autofocus technology. What this should mean is better detail than the old flagships, thanks to the sensor's resolution, and better low light performance than the One M9, thanks to the UltraPixel technology. That's just theory, but HTC did take to Twitter to boast about a "World First, World Class" camera that will, supposedly, blow our minds.
Price, release date, availability
HTC has announced that it will be holding an event on the 12th of April and it is widely believed that this is when the new flagship will be announced. Of course, we've no information on pricing just yet, but we do expect the regular flagship price point of about $600 to be met.
Previous HTC One model release dates and prices:
|HTC One M7||April, 2013||$599.99|
|HTC One M8||March, 2014||$649.99|
|HTC One M9||March, 2015||$649.99|
|HTC 10||April, 2016?||$649.99?|