Update: HTC has teased the camera capabilities of the HTC 10 suggesting the company is planning to make the best smartphone camera ever. Whether that actually happens, remains to be seen.
The HTC One M9 is beautiful, powerful and (whisper it) just a little bit disappointing. With a downgraded battery, a middling camera and an overly familiar design and feature set it couldn’t continue HTC’s run of five-star reviews.
It’s clear that HTC needs to do some soul-searching before it launches the HTC 10. We want it to come back with a bang, much like Samsung did this year with the Galaxy S6. Plus, with the recent launch of the Galaxy S7 and LG G5, there’s even more pressure on the Taiwanese firm to get it right.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed these changes will be good. We don’t have to wait to find out about all of them, of course, as we’ve scoured through all the rumors and leaks to find out everything that sounds accurate. Here’s everything we know about the HTC 10 so far.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? HTC’s next flagship smartphone
- When is it out? There’s an April 12 launch event
- What will it cost? You’re looking at a top of the range price
HTC 10 release date
The official HTC 10 launch date is April 12, with the company holding a press conference in London and New York. It’s “introducing the newest HTC smartphone” reads the invite we received.
That’s exactly one week sooner than we suspected after seeing an “April 19” date in leaked renders on the home screen. April 19 could very well still be the actual release date or pre-order date instead.
Getting the new phone to customers as soon as possible it in HTC’s best interest. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 headlined MWC 2016 in Barcelona in February, and HTC needs to play catch up.
The latest rumors suggest that HTC is going to ditch “One” naming convention for its next smartphone, and simply dub it the “HTC 10.” Even HTC’s own site has confirmed the name with it being spotted on the official HTC website briefly.
This goes with all of the unofficial leaked renders, as well as official teasers the company is sending to press reading, citing “Power of 10.” We could be in for some big changes that reflect the new name.
HTC 10 rivals
There’s lots of competition for the HTC 10. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 have just launched, meaning there’s already a tough fight waiting for the HTC 10.
There’s also the Sony Xperia Z5, and HTC released the One A9 at the back end of 2015, which is sure to be a big competitor for anyone looking at buying the HTC 10.
Then there’s the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus to compete with, not to mention the looming presence of the iPhone 7 in September. It’s a tough market right now, let’s just hope the HTC 10 can hold up its own against it all.
HTC 10 design and specs
We are expecting the HTC 10 to be quite a different phone. HTC’s CEO revealed that the company plans to make significant improvements to the innovation and design of its 2016 flagship.
HTC has sent us an official teaser of what could very well be the HTC 10. It seems to feature chamfered edges that will definitely give it a distinguished look.
What we may get is a marriage of the company’s HTC One M9 and iPhone-like HTC One A9 designs for the HTC 10. The first leaks of the new smartphone suggest just that.
It retains the metal body and slightly curved back of the M9 design, but adds the home button – likely with a fingerprint sensor – that mirrors the A9, according to both blurry photos and renders.
Rumors say HTC 10 will be slightly bigger and more pixel-dense than either of its predecessors. It’s been tipped to use a 5.15-inch quad HD display, not the 5-inch 1080p screen we’ve seen from HTC before.
The latest leak suggests the screen will use Super LCD 5 display rather than AMOLED technology.
The fingerprint-enabled home button looks like it will take away the front-firing stereo speakers we loved about the HTC One M9, but this phone appears to be future-proofed in another way: a USB-C port.
But a new teaser has suggested that HTC will be making big steps with its “best BoomSound” yet. What that means exactly remains to be seen though.
A render leak from @evleaks shows a single rear camera sensor, and what appears to be a fingerprint scanner below the screen on the front. Plus, according to this particular leak the HTC 10 will also be available in four colors.
It’s unclear what form its camera and other innovation will take, but we have heard that several prototypes have been rejected, forcing a delay in the launch, which could be a sign that HTC wants to get it perfect.
Inside, it’s supposed to have latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor that’s also in the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5. In fact, it’s also likely to have 4GB of RAM and an identical Adreno 530 GPU.
The photo below of the HTC 10 has also appeared on Disqus showing off what the phone will look like from the front and the back. The screen bezels look slightly slimmer than on the HTC One M9 and it looks about the right size to be a 5.2-inch display.
We’ve also heard that the HTC One M10 could be waterproof, while another rumor is that the handset will support wireless charging. That’s not hugely surprising as wireless charging is growing in popularity, but it’s a feature which the One M9 doesn’t have.
It’s also a feature which could prove a challenge to incorporate without a change to the design, as metal cases don’t tend to work well for it.
Other spec rumors include a 3000mAh battery, up from 2840mAh and a fingerprint scanner built into the home button.
HTC 10 camera
HTC is putting a big focus of the HTC 10 on the camera technology. A teaser from the company even suggested it plans to make the best camera phone ever. One rumor at the start of the HTC 10 hype suggested it would include a 23MP camera, up from 20MP on the HTC One M9.
Since then a HTC executive has confirmed the One M10 will have a big focus on the camera.
Chief Financial Officer Chialin Chang said, “We can confidently say that HTC will have a very, very compelling camera experience. We’re making this comment after we’ve seen what’s going on in the market.”
That’s the kind of confident talk we expect from the company at its HTC 10 launch event on April 12. It’s trailing the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5, and needs enough bold moves to make up for lost time.