HTC 10 rumor roundup: What we know so far [UPDATED]

If you were disappointed by past HTC smartphones, the upcoming HTC flagship might just be the one that you’ve been waiting for. As usual, we have seen a variety of leaks of the possible One M9 successor from various sources before the official announcement of the device along with some possible specs. The phone, simply dubbed the ‘HTC 10’, may come with a new design and with more features packed into it, according to the leaks. If what we know so far is anything to go by, this may really just be the One you’ve been waiting for.

What you’ll find below is a list of rumors, leaks, speculation, images, and other stuff that pertains to the HTC 10 (A.K.A HTC One M10). We’ve done our best to gather up the juiciest stuff floating around, even if it conflicts with other reports. Unless otherwise noted, this is all to be considered unofficial and unconfirmed.

Note: this post will be updated continually until such time that the device is announced by HTC.

UPDATE 29 MARCH:

We have seen whole spectrum of even more teasers and leaks running up to the launch, including from HTC itself:

As suspected, the flagship sports a fingerprint scanner button like the A9. The capacitive app drawer and back button flanks it

What’s of more interest to us is this screenshot originating from the HTC 10. The GFXBench app blows the top on pretty much the entire phone spec sheet.

HTC-10-GFXBench

HTC further claims that the 10 will Be ‘The Smoothest And Fastest Android Phone’ in the same above Tweet.

It’s starting to feel like an official device announcement is no longer necessary with all these tidbits coming out.

 

Summary

  • No BoomSound speakers: Confirmed by the image teaser
  • Top notch specs: Confirmed
  • ”The Smoothest And Fastest Android Phone’
  • Official announcement on April 12

Design and Internal Specs

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Summary:

  • Snapdragon 820
  • 4GB RAM
  • 11MP Rear Camera
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • HTC A9 inspired design
  • 5.1″ screen, 144X2560

The above image is a render based on leaks from @OnLeaks‘s Twitter account. We’d typically take the images with a grain of salt and not base our assumptions on them, but there’s a problem with doing that now: all the leaks this far reveal the exact same phone. Taking this into consideration, there’s a good chance that what we are seeing is really the final product, the HTC 10 (although we can’t be absolutely certain).

The first thing that catches my attention is the lack of the BoomSound speakers we have seen on previous iterations. While it was certainly nice to have the speakers on the bottom and top bezels of the front side, we weren’t quite sure if it was worth it if it meant having huge bezels. This tradeoff resulted in a relatively large phone for a five-inch screen. Perhaps it’d be to the benefit of HTC if did they removed these speakers.

Second thing that catches my attention is the home button. The HTC A9 came with a similar design and along with a fingerprint scanner. It’d be safe to expect the same on the 10, hopefully the scanner will work reasonably well.

The rest of the body itself has minor revisions and changes as compared to past flagships, and we quite like how it looks this time around.

Specs wise, we have’t heard much. It is, however, almost certain that we can look forward to some pretty decent hardware packed inside. For the CPU, we expect to see none other then the Snapdragon 820 powering the device. 4GB of RAM is also likely to be present with at least 32GB of storage, with or without a MicroSD slot. The 5.15″ screen is expected to have a 1440X2560 display.

The 12MP rear camera should be a decent upgrade over HTC’s previous gimmicky UltraPixel shooters that we didn’t particularly like. There are rumoured to be several neat features to come with the phone as well, like the earpiece which is used a forward facing speaker and IP67 waterproofing.

Certainly seems like a worthy contender, but until the actual announcement takes place, we can only make educated assumptions.

Launch & Release Date

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Official HTC teaser

Summary:

  • Available for purchase on the 19th April 2016
  • Typical launch period for HTC flagships

Not quite sure where this date come from, but speculation is that the release date is going to be on the 19th April 2016, at least in some countries. We expect the actual announcement to be a few weeks before (which could be very soon).

This launch period would also continue the tradition of HTC launching its flagship at the end of the first quarter like it has every year so far.

 

We will update this page as the announcement date nears.