Update: The HTC One M10 may simply be called the HTC 10, and we’ve seen renders of what appears to be an early prototype ahead of the expected April launch.
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 One M10. 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.
The latest rumors suggest that HTC is going to ditch “One” naming convention for its next smartphone, and simply dub it the “HTC 10.” This goes with the teaser the company sent to press reading, “Power of 10.” We could be in for some big changes that reflect the new name.
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 One M10 so far.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? HTC’s next flagship smartphone
- When is it out? Likely in April, with speculation on April 19
- What will it cost? You’re looking at a top of the range price
HTC One M10 release date
The HTC 10 launch date is overwhelming thought to be happening sometime in April, with the latest date floating around being Tuesday, April 19, 2016.
That comes from leaked press renders of the phone, which include this specific date on the home screen. Even if this slip-up means anything, it doesn’t confirm whether it’s the launch event date or release date.
It’s just another indication that the HTC 10 is coming soon, and for good reason. the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 headlined MWC 2016 in Barcelona at the end of February, and HTC needs to play catchup.
Other rumors have pointed to an even sooner late March or April launch, with one suggesting the Taiwanese firm has set a date of April 11 for a One M10 launch event in London. This would be a Monday, meaning it’d be the first weekday after April 10, going with that whole 10 theme.
HTC One M10 rivals
There’s lots of competition for the HTC One M10. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 have just launched, meaning there’s already a tough fight waiting for the M10.
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 One M10 can hold up its own against it all.
HTC One M10 design and specs
We are expecting the HTC One M10 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 One M10. 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 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.
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.
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 One M10 camera
One rumor at the start of the HTC One M10 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.”
As for the rest of the HTC One M10, we don’t really know all that much else yet.
Rumors are pretty few and far between suggesting, as has now been rumored, that the One M10 may actually launch later in the year. It didn’t appear at Mobile World Congress, so it’s likely it may be ready for a separate launch from HTC.