HTC is expected to join the 2016 flagship race soon with a new handset that’s likely to be named as the HTC 10. If it sounds a bit out of order, it’s because the Taiwanese manufacturer is believed to be considering a change in nomenclature for its flagship range that till last year came to be identified as the One M9. In that order, it is One M10 that was expected though that seems unlikely now.
However, lest that makes anyone to believe the upcoming HTC 10 has anything to do with Windows 10, famed leaker @evleaks have sought to clarify saying the upcoming HTC flagship’s naming has nothing to do with Windows 10 Mobile. To put in other words, HTC’s decision to rename its flagship range as simply the HTC 10 does not mean there is going to be a Windows 10 variant of the smartphone as well.
Instead, the alleged HTC 10 will strictly be an Android show, specifically of Marshmallow flavor, version 6.0.1. Further, there will be HTC’s Sense 8 UI running on top.
The rest of specifications of the handset are typically flagship material. These include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU and Adreno 530 GPU working in tandem with a 4 GB RAM along with 32 GB of internal storage.
Upfront, there is going to be a 5.2-inch 2550 x 1440 pixel display and will have a dedicated home button at the front as well, which in turn will be hiding a fingerprint scanner under it. For those eager to know how it’s going to look, the One A9 will be a good reference point. That still shouldn’t be an issue considering how well made and appealing the A9 is with its metal-clad body.
The HTC 10 might also give BoomSound front facing speakers a miss even though it had earned its predecessors a lot of positive reviews. HTC though is keen to harp on the camera capabilities of the 10, which will mark a return of the UltraPixel thing. Specifically, the HTC 10 will come with a 12 UltraPixel rear camera complete with OIS and laser-assisted focus. There is going to be a USB Type-C port as well. Further, the handset will be available with four color options – Silver/Black, Gray, Gold/White and White.
As for its availability, HTC is expected to launch the new flagship smartphone on April 19 at an event in London. This would be followed by a launch in the US on May 9 before it is made available elsewhere in the world.
Meanwhile, there is going to be more exciting stuff coming from HTC what with the company expected to be manufacturing the next Nexus smartphone as well. All of this comes on the back of the HTC Vive VR headset that was announced at the MWC and is already up for pre-order.