HTC One M10 launch date said to have slipped to finalize redesign

Time to churn that rumor mill. HTC has been on the news quite a bit lately, due to speculation that Google selected the Taiwanese manufacturer for not just one, but two Nexus phones this year. But in more relevant HTC news right now is the Spring 2016 refresh of its flagship, the One M10.

We’ve gotten our first report of what the specs might be. Not only that, but it appears that the M10 is not going to be ready for prime time by the usual time-frame near Mobile World Congress (the biggest mobile event of the year, held in Barcelona every February). A Chinese tech reporting site, IT Home, has said that the launch date has slipped slightly into April (with a March announcement) because of an ambitious redesign and unready prototypes.

Concept HTC One M10
Concept HTC One M10 (unofficial)

We don’t have any confirmation that this is truth, but it would make sense for HTC to be pushing a compelling design after its underwhelming delivery with the One M9 (and mediocre reception from the market). I, for one, cannot wait to see what the manufacturer is doing in order to stand out. Part of the redesign is said to do with IP78-grade water/dust-proofing of the new chassis.

As far as specs, the M10 is said to be powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 820 SoC (no surprise there). The primary camera will be a 23MP sensor (from 20MP on the M9) and the battery will also be bumped up, to 3,000mAh. And like the manufacturer’s recent One A9 midranger, the fingerprint scanner will be on the front (Home key).

Assuming these latest developments are the real deal, what do you think? I wouldn’t mind if HTC takes a little longer to iron things out, especially if the One M10 is going to be the comeback we’ve been waiting for. It’s only one month longer anyways.

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