HTC is full of secrets and we've been waiting for quite a while for the release of the One M10 smartphone. We weren't surprised that the new flagship wasn't announced at Mobile World Congress with show stealers like the LG G5 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 in the spotlight. HTC announced the price of the Vive virtual reality headset, but that was about it. So when can we expect to see the latest flagship phone for this brand? If the rumor mill is right, we've only got about 6 weeks left to wait. Reliable leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) tweeted a release date that has people pretty sure that the phone will launch on April 19th.
HTC put out this video on their Turkish Youtube channel just last week which, reveals basically nothing, except that employees are working endlessly to bring you the best new version possible.
The "Power of 10" campaign suggests that the name of the new phone will be the One M10 like its predecessors, the One M9 and the One A9, but that has yet to be 100% confirmed; however we do know its codename is HTC Perfume. Fans are looking forward to an improved camera with a 5.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen. The improved flagship should have the Snapdragon 820 processor and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. With the fingerprint scanner, the latest from HTC can possibly be compared to the iPhone 6s in terms of specs, but style, well, we're not so sure about that one.
Ben Woods brings up some interesting observations about the similarities between the older iPhone and the new HTC edition, noting that the body style and design is strikingly similar to the iPhone 5. But does this mean that the design is behind the times? The recent reveal of LG and Friends at MWC 2016 took a stance on the modular design providing consumers with removable batteries that can change and enhance the function of the phone when paired with certain accessories. We're not sure if HTC will be offering anything like this.
Other leaks describe the loss of BoomSound speakers for a thinner phone that comes with improved audio capabilities like high-res audio with MQA support. There are still many uncertainties surrounding the One M10 and what it will bring, but it seems like we don't have much longer to wait before we see the launch. Whether the leaked images look like the old iPhone or don't have any merit at all before the final design ships, it's clear that HTC is going to be packing in a lot of specs to compete with the likes of Apple, Samsung and LG.