HTC One M10 : Rumour roundup
The world is currently buzzing about the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the LG G5 smartphones that are all set for an unveiling this Sunday. Xiaomi fans on the other hand are eagerly waiting for the 24th of February, which is when the Mi 5 flagship is expected to be revealed. However, we must remember that HTC also has a flagship offering of its own coming, albeit not at the MWC 2016 this month.
So what do we know about HTC’s new flagship? Well, quite a bit actually. So we’ve decided to give you a little refresher on what to expect from the Taiwanese manufacturer’s next big thing.
Display: This is an area that needs very little speculation as it’s widely believed that HTC will finally adopt a Quad HD display panel with the One M10. It is said that the device will have a 5.1-inch display with a resolution of 2560×1440 or 2K. This means the display will have a pixel density of 576 ppi, which is pretty impressive for a mobile device.
Camera: As far as mobile cameras are concerned, no manufacturer has experimented as much as HTC in the past three years. We saw the ill-fated Ultrapixel camera on the One M7 and the odd Duo Camera on the One M8, while the One M9 marked the company’s return to normality as it came with a single 20MP sensor. With the One M10 however, rumors have talked about HTC using Sony’s 12MP sensor (IMX377), which is the same that we’ve seen on the Huawei Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X. It is said that this camera will have 1.55 micron pixels and also pack features like Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), which is missing from the Nexus 5X and the 6P cameras. Expect there to be a handy front facing camera as well, keeping the selfie crazy audience in mind.
Processor: After the Snapdragon 810 debacle last year, one would imagine that HTC would bow out of using any Qualcomm made silicon. This might be true after all, but only partially. According to a report, the Snapdragon 820 will be used in some variants of the handset (mostly North America and EU), while the company will use a Mediatek made SoC for Asian variants. We cannot rule out the presence of a One M10+ variant, much like last year’s One M9+.
Design: Several leaks so far have hinted that the One M10 will borrow design elements from the One A9 that was launched last year. If you recall, the One A9 was heavily criticized for copying/borrowing several design elements from the Apple iPhone 6. So if the upcoming flagship is any similar to the One A9, we can expect some more eyebrows to be raised.
Other features: The smartphone is also said to be packing 4GB of RAM underneath and should have 32/64GB of variants on offer. While microSD card slots are a desirable feature, we don’t think HTC will resort to using one as it’s been missing from three of its previous flagships. There’s no confirmation on the battery capacity of the flagship either, but we think it will of a higher capacity than what we saw on the One M9. Somewhere around the 3,500 mAh range perhaps.
As far as the operating system is concerned, we should see the One M10 running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on board, with a brand new iteration of the Sense UI (Sense 8?).
Availability: The One A9 will not be shown off at the MWC 2016 this month or even next month according to some rumors. April 11 is the date that’s floating around right now, so we have to wait close to two more months in order to see the smartphone in action. This means the handset might not be available for purchase at least until late April or early May. We can understand HTC’s reasoning behind this as releasing a flagship along with the likes of Samsung, LG, Xiaomi etc will certainly take away some of the thunder from the company’s offering, so it’s better to hold a separate event when there’s nothing else going on in the mobile industry.