It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the upcoming HTC One M10, but we now have new rumors from two different sources that give us new insight into the phone’s internal and external hardware, along with HTC’s launch plans for the phone. As with all rumors, please take the following details with a pinch or two of salt.
Due to the lack of rumors floating around, many have begun to speculate that HTC has pulled the plug of the One M10. Fortunately, that’s not the case. The reason the rumor mill has been silent is because HTC is still working out the final design of the phone, and so it has pushed the M10′s unveiling back to March with an April retail launch. HTC will host a dedicated launch event for the phone, similar the HTC One M7 and One M8 events in 2013 and 2014. While the One M9 was unveiled at Mobile World Congress last year, the device was overshadowed by the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and dozens of other devices that launched that week.
The new rumors don’t give us much insight into what the HTC One M10 will look like besides confirming that it will be metal-clad with a circular camera lens on the back, a fingerprint scanner and an IP78 waterproof and dustproof rating. On the inside, the phone will feature a 3,000mAh battery and a 23-megapixel camera. The European and North American versions of the M10 will be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, but HTC is apparently prepping Chinese and Southeast Asian variants that will be powered by an unnamed MediaTek processor.
There’s no guarantee that the One M10 will help HTC’s flailing smartphone business, but the fact that the phone’s launch has not been scrapped is great news for the Android ecosystem.
I'm expecting 2 versions of the device: Qualcomm 820 (for EU and US markets) and MTK based (Mainly for China and South-East Asia)…
— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) January 21, 2016