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Leaked photos showcase HTC's upcoming hero phone, the 10 (M10?)

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Leaked photos showcase HTC's upcoming hero phone, the 10 (M10?)
It rains and pours over at HTC's, for serial leaksters OnLeaks and Evan Blass (also known as @evleaks) engaged in an impromptu Twitter duel, exchanging "not-supposed-to-be-seen" images of the upcoming HTC 10. This is supposed to be the Taiwanese smartphone maker's next hero device, and thanks to those legit-looking leaks, we have a fairly good all-around impression of its design.

This is an HTC smartphone, alright, sporting a chiseled metal body, an arched back, and an overall shape and contour reminiscent of the company's flagship M8 and M9 phones. A single camera is visible on the back, along with a dual-LED flash and what we assume is a laser auto-focus system.

This is an HTC smartphone, alright!

The HTC One 10 is expected to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor with 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, so it should be a very fast and capable phone in the same league as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5. The leaked AnTuTu v6.0.1 screenshot shows the purported HTC 10 smartphones managed 109,336 points, which is in line with performance expectations.

The occasional teaser aside, HTC is keeping the device under wraps for now, but previous rumors claim the smartphone features a 5.2-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display, a 12 MP UltraPixel rear camera with dual tone LED flash (visible in the images), a fingerprint scanner built inside the home button, and 32 GB of expandable storage space.

Although it could be officially unveiled in March, the HTC 10 might not hit the market before May. Of course, this might not turn out to be true at all, so we're better off waiting for HTC to actually announce the handset. Meanwhile, gawk at the privy photos in the gallery below!


source: OnLeaks , Evan Blass

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posted on 04 Mar 2016, 10:00 27

1. Xperia14 (Posts: 332; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


Looks good! I really hope that it has IP68 and that they use a Sony sensor this time. I'm also glad to see that they got rid of those annoying on-screen buttons.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 10:30 17

14. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1122; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Yes the back looks pretty good :)
The lack of stereo speakers make me sad though :(

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 00:36 1

121. cheetah2k (Posts: 1507; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


WTF is wrong with HTC.. Seriously is there a need for an on screen home button when most manufacturers are going away from them...

Looks like a Samsung too.. Does HTC expect to sell more phones because it looks like a Galaxy phone?

I just don't get it. HTC won't be getting my money

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 10:42 11

20. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 354; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


Alright, this looks way better than what I thought was coming. Seeings as how how it'll look even better once finalized like every phone does against their prototypes, I think this is more beautiful than the S7. I plan on using headphones/BT headset anyways, so no big loss for no BoomSound.

Centered USB, type-C, AMOLED, capacitive buttons, and curved back? W00T!

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 11:32 4

41. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 354; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


Wait, apparently OnLeaks just posted that BoomSound is in fact in the HTC 10. I think that's why the earpiece is so big; it, along with the bottom speaker, act as stereo speakers.

HTC 10 with BoomSound after all...?

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 13:17 3

64. Busyboy (Posts: 535; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)


The HTC A9 has BoomSound too, and it's in the same position as the M10.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 15:00 2

79. maherk (Posts: 3420; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


The boomsound is only triggered once you plug the headphones, it has no effect what so ever on the built in speaker.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 23:32

110. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3260; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


The same leak was said about the galaxy s7 having a larger earpiece by 40% in order to incorporate a speaker like back in the old days I miss nextel

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 14:05

73. Fardon (Posts: 95; Member since: 24 Nov 2014)


It uses the IMX377 or IMX378(This is listed in documents, looks like the IMX377 just with OIS see second page -http://kantatsu.co.jp/product/docs/151124%20lens%20list.pdf)

So as long as HTC get processing right, they've showed clear improvement with the A9, it should be ace with OIS, PDAF and Laser Auto focus

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 10:00 16

2. kkmkk (Posts: 463; Member since: 06 May 2013)


htc is seriously joking . right ? because if this there hero phone then they are died for ever it is game over for them

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 10:22 29

11. marorun (Posts: 3151; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Phone look pretty good and unique for the back design.

freaking Shamesung fanboy need to stop speaking for nothing.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 13:33 7

68. aho13 (Posts: 96; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


only from the back is this design unique ,from the front looks unacceptable to me exactly as LG G5 , those are the ugliest phones this year ,as far as design goes .

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 13:41 4

70. aho13 (Posts: 96; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


shamesung fanboy ! what has a good or bad HTC design to do with samsung anyways !
he didn't even compare it to S7 .

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 15:13 1

81. keithtae (Posts: 341; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


Its shamesung, not samsung.:)

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 15:12 7

80. Hypergy (Posts: 54; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)


It's ugly. You don't have to be a fan of anyone to see that. It's absolutely ugly.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 15:44 1

89. marorun (Posts: 3151; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


What someone find ugly other can find beautiful.

Beauty is a question of point of view.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 15:20 7

83. keithtae (Posts: 341; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


The phone design is ugly, the front is iphone+ samsung button, and the chamfered edges at the back is just screaming "scratches!!!!" out loud.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 10:56 3

31. Reza.N (Posts: 76; Member since: 06 Sep 2015)


Just shut the f**k up kid and close this page.don't write these bulls**ts

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 13:34 2

69. maherk (Posts: 3420; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I just don't like those humongous chamfered edges, they look way too off for my taste. And since they got rid of the front firing speakers, I don't see why they didn't improve on the very low screen to body ratio HTC phones has been known for, this was their chance to deliver a compact flagship with tint bezels.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 14:29

78. true1984 (Posts: 822; Member since: 23 May 2012)


onleaks said boomsound is in fact there

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 15:20 1

82. SenorThrottles (Posts: 250; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


He's referring to front facing boom sound speakers.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 15:48

91. marorun (Posts: 3151; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Boomsound will be included but its not as good as botom speaker will fire downward and earpiece is the second speaker... So you have a point there...

I personaly love those edges :) but thats a question of taste.
Body to screen ratio for me is not important in fact i prefere some bigger bezel to protect the screen from side impact :)

But yeah could been better but still the most interesting of the new flagship for me this year... if its can adopt a sd card as internal memory ( where LG and samsung failed to let the option there at least manually )

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 16:26

101. maherk (Posts: 3420; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I am pretty sure it will be available on the m10, because they didn't take it off the A9.
I am okay with everything, I can ignore the bezels just like I did with the A9, but I am not liking those huge chamfered edges

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 14:06

74. Dr.SamX (Posts: 153; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


What the hell are you talking about?? This looks awesome!!!

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 10:02 1

3. carlemillward (unregistered)


I see they stayed true to the A9 design, but with a lot more chamfered edges.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 11:34 2

42. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 354; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


A9 and M7 made love and created the HTC 10

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 13:25 2

66. dil2abu (Posts: 305; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Still they couldn't come up with a better design then M7..

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 15:49 3

92. marorun (Posts: 3151; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


M7 was amazing for its time :(

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 10:02

4. newbey123 (Posts: 554; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


Looks pretty good, if they offer a 5.5+ version then I will pick one up!

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 10:03 7

5. Commentator (Posts: 3665; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


That actually doesn't look half-bad. HTC finally figured out how to center the USB port. Not sure if I like the chamfered edges on the back though.

Weird how HTC pretty much initiated the stereo-speaker craze (to the point where Boomsound was really their defining feature) but then suddenly pulled back...

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 10:08

6. Joosty (Posts: 113; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Man. I don't know? What's really wrong here.

They are doing some things right and some are just blasphemous (bottom speaker?!)

I love that they still have the all metal body and HTC One esque look. But no front speakers is an atrocity.

Looks like they are moving forward with USB C and a Samsungy home/finger scanner.

This is pretty much the love child of the G5 and S7.

Let's wait for the unveil to decide.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 10:23

12. marorun (Posts: 3151; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


If its can adopt SD card as internal memory this baby is my next phone.

LG G5 and S7 failed by removing the features completely and not making it possible to turn it on manually.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 12:09 2

50. j2001m (Posts: 2789; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


As you can not remove the sd card for anything, it's a bad idea to use it, this included new phone transfer, or if your phone goes wrong,

But the sd card can be formatted and used in the s7 and so in with the same setting used, on phones that offer it and it does work, ther if you need this. But it's a bad move and I can see why Samsung made it not easy to do, so only the tech customer who is up on the risks to data can do it

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 15:52

93. marorun (Posts: 3151; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Bad idea for your use.

Not mine.

I dont say to force it on for everyone just make it possible to use it if you need it.

and nope you cant manually turn it on you need to root the freaking phone wich i wont do.

By making a setting option deep in developer mode ect thats you can turn on then adopt the sd card i would have consider the G5 and S7 but now for those two its game over and if HTC follow and make it same way well f*** it :)

The only bad move it to completely remove an option thats can be helpfull to some.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 10:08 6

7. Raziel (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Aug 2014)


Again, is always a matter of personal opinion but that not centered home button/fingerprint scanner and the giant chamfered edges on the back look really horrible. The rest of the phone looks ok.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 10:12 2

8. KeyserSoze (Posts: 138; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)


That 12MP ultrapixel camera would kick azz if it has large 2.0µm pixels and f/1.7 (or larger) aperture.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 10:22 6

10. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


2.0 micron pixels are basically impossible on a phone with 12 MP camera. That being said. it will have 1.55 micron ones which are humongous and bigger than S7 or G5.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 10:25 1

13. marorun (Posts: 3151; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


With OIS if the leak are correct this sound like amazing on paper at least.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 10:44

21. KeyserSoze (Posts: 138; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)


"2.0 micron pixels are basically impossible on a phone with 12 MP camera."

Impossible? Nah, just check with Sony to see if they haven't already made a bigger smartphone lens and image sensor combo. Even the lowly iPhone4 had 1.75µm pixels way back in 2010, that's why it took such excellent photos for the time.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 10:52

28. anotherfan (Posts: 22; Member since: 28 Sep 2015)


The htc one m7 has 4 mp ( 2.0 micron pixels )

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 10:57 5

32. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Did you read my comment:

"2.0 micron pixels are basically impossible on a phone with 12 MP camera."

Read that again, now again. Get it? A 2.0 µm pixel sensor on a 4 MP camera will be 3x smaller than one with 12 MP.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 11:05

33. joeytaylor (Posts: 411; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Hey man. ....how you been....haven't seen you in awhile. ....hope all is good

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 11:13 3

37. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


I deregistered for a week due to exams. When I resumed, PA's system told me that I can't get my old name back. So I had to make a new account. I sent them a mail but no reply yet.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 11:17

38. KeyserSoze (Posts: 138; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)


"The htc one m7 has 4 mp ( 2.0 micron pixels )"

@anotherfan Thanx for that well-known info.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 10:54 2

30. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


iPhone 4 had a 5 MP camera. To scale that to 12 MP, you basically have to have a 1/1.8" sensor like the Nokia N8(also 1.75 µm pixels).

To get 2 micron pixels, you need a 1/1.57" sensor. That's almost the size of lumia 1020 sensor. It's safe to assume we're not getting that sensor size in smartphones, at least not without an oreo on back.

Before you tell that technology is evolving and that, you must note that optics doesn't evolve as it's limited to the laws of physics. All we can do is hope for better sensors which have as good quality in smaller sensor size as a larger one.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 11:35 3

45. KeyserSoze (Posts: 138; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)


"To get 2 micron pixels, you need a 1/1.57" sensor. That's almost the size of lumia 1020 sensor. It's safe to assume we're not getting that sensor size in smartphones, at least not without an oreo on back."

@tyrionTheWise
Well the Lumia 1020 DOES HAVE a 1/1.5" sensor that's larger than the 1/1.57" you say is required, so I guess it's NOT impossible to have 2µm pixels in a 12MP camera like you insisted then is it? Herpy derp!

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 12:11

52. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


I didn't say impossible, I said 'basically impossible'. So back at you.

Anything is possible. Lumix CM1 has large pixels in a 1" sensor. But I don't call this and 1020 as smart phones. They are just cameras with phone functionality. You have to draw the line somewhere.

For example, there's a 'thing' called Samsung NX1. It is a full phone I'm it with android and all, but it can't be called a smartphone.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 12:44 2

59. KeyserSoze (Posts: 138; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)


@tyrionTheWise

"I didn't say impossible, I said 'basically impossible'. So back at you."

Uh huh, keep backpedaling. So to you 'basically impossible' is the same as 'definitely possible' then? The 1020 phone actually exists = 'definitely 1000% possible' = NO WHERE NEAR 'basically impossible'. LOL!

"But I don't call this and 1020 as smart phones. They are just cameras with phone functionality."

Why not? What determines that phones are 'just cameras with phone functionality'? The 1020 has smaller dimensions and weighs less than a plain ol' HTC M8 so you can't say the 1020 is big and bulky like a stand-alone camera. Is it the big black 'oreo'? That's just some kind of ugly lens/flash cover. You can clearly see the lens is not actually that big and bulky, its size is comparable to any other phone's lens.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 13:22

65. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Sure sure. They can't remove the oreo. No, you won't see a phone with that big a sensor without oreo. Do you think there's void behind that oreo? You're so f'ing wrong.

I still won't call that a phone. The lens sticks out too much. Same with the lumix, or the 808. There's a reason for them to have that big an assembly.

It's possible to stick something to the back, but no: we aren't going to see that anytime in modern phones. There's a lot more to a phone than camera, which means we aren't going to see that in non-niche phones.

Just a question: you diverted the discussion to a useless point so that I 'lose it' and you win. Are you murican?

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 13:48 2

71. KeyserSoze (Posts: 138; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)


@tyrionTheWise

"Just a question: you diverted the discussion to a useless point so that I 'lose it' and you win. Are you murican?"

Pffft... I won the moment you utter the words 'basically impossible'. Does that make you mad? Good.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 14:21

76. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Yeah, go have a party. Tell your friends that what am achievement you made by winning a useless debate by pointing something another person mistakenly wrote. Whatever makes you sleep at night.

It's not your fault. Muricans are raised this way. No wonder trump is winning. Given the amount of grey matter you guys have, I wonder why someone dumber didn't ein previously.

I'm not mad. I don't care if I win a debate on internet anyway. In fact, I rather lose a debate than to argue with half-wits like you who care about 'winning' on Internet.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 15:43 3

88. KeyserSoze (Posts: 138; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)


@tyrionTheWise

"I'm not mad. I don't care if I win a debate on internet anyway."

LOL! Losers always say they're not mad and they don't care if they win. If you don't care why'd you bring up the issue of winning in the first place?

You tried to show off your camera "knowledge" by getting snippy and condescending with me but got back-slammed when I caught you contradicting yourself. You then tried backpedaling but I bitch-slapped you with your own words and logic.

You lost, you're embarrassed and don't know what to do so now you stomp your feet and pout saying you don't care to win this Internet debate anyway and you hate Muricans... bew hew sniff sniff. Wuss!

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 03:32 1

113. Inotamira (Posts: 173; Member since: 06 Feb 2016)


I grew up in america, and even I can tell this guy's a "poofter", as I'm fairly certain you'll get that lingo and this is clean enough to not get me into any trouble. Frankly I find it a bit lacking in "gray matter" as you so eloquently put it to assume everyone in a certain location is stupid, yeah, most here are, not denying that, the way these morons gobble up apple products like brainless sheep, I barely count myself among their numbers. I get this guy is being a complete jerk off, but you make yourself look just as stupid making claims like that, that are easily kicked aside. As for Mr."Winning" you sir, are the true loser because you just HAVE to make that microscopic member in your pants feel bigger because you simply are an inadequate in every sense of the word.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 06:10

122. TrevorB1 (Posts: 64; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)


Hey... I'm Murican, not all of us are idiots :) lol

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 11:07

34. RaulBlas (Posts: 36; Member since: 31 Mar 2014)


That will need a bigger sensor, hence a bigger sensor to lens distance.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 14:11

75. Fardon (Posts: 95; Member since: 24 Nov 2014)


They haven't made a bigger smartphone sensor...
Theres no mobile sensor afaik with 2.0um and 12MP. And if there is it'll be quite big and people would really complain about the camera hump.
Though there has been a Toshiba 1/2" 12Mp sensor with 1.75um pixels but its dissapeared off the website but you can see it here.
http://web.archive.org/web/20150518103501/http://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/info/lookup.jsp?pid=T8ES7®ion=ncsa&lang=en_us
No idea why it was taken down, would be killer If HTC had snagged it for their phone.

And iPhones camera wasnt 12mp so...

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 15:53

94. marorun (Posts: 3151; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


5 mpix with 1.75µm possible.

12 mpix with 2.0µm much harder :)

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 16:02

99. KeyserSoze (Posts: 138; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)


"5 mpix with 1.75µm possible. 12 mpix with 2.0µm much harder :)"

@marorun
Not hard at all, already been done. Read the rest of thread for more info, I ain't repeating myself just for you. Your smart-assery has no merit here. :)

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 23:27

108. willy42 (Posts: 36; Member since: 02 Mar 2015)


Google "OV13880" and go to the unifore.net link.

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 00:04 2

111. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


That's clearly a typo. A 1/2.4" sensor with 13 MP will have about 1.4 micron pixels, not 4 micron. I guess they missed the 1.

For example, Nexus 6P has a 1/2.3" sensor, which is bigger than 1/2.4", it also has less number of pixels. There is no way the omnivision can have bigger pixels than the IMX377 on Nexus 6P.

Google "OV13880 sensor pixel pitch" and go to PA article.

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