More HTC 10 details: Super LCD 5 screen, 3,000-mAh battery

by: Bogdan PetrovanMarch 21, 2016

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The HTC 10 will feature a 3,000-mAh battery and a new generation of the same display technology that powered its predecessors.

The details come courtesy of @evleaks, the source that revealed many of the other specifics that surfaced about the new HTC flagship, including its commercial name, HTC 10.

HTC has adopted AMOLED technology for the One A9, and there was some hope that the 10 will follow suit, but it looks like that won’t be the case. According to @evleaks, the 10 will feature a Super LCD 5 panel – the leaker didn’t confirm the screen dimensions, but we know from an older report that we should expect a 5.15-inch Quad HD panel, a slight increase over the 5-inch panel of the M9.

Super LCD is a marketing term used by HTC to denote a display where the liquid crystal layer is laminated to the outer glass, which reduces glare, improves clarity, and makes the panel thinner. The One M9 features a Super LCD 3 display, but it’s not clear what improvements Super LCD 5 will bring to the HTC 10.

As for the battery, we’re looking at a small increase in capacity over the 2,840-mAh unit inside the One M9. At 3,000-mAh, the HTC 10’s battery would match the Galaxy S7’s and be slightly larger than the LG G5’s 2,800-mAh unit. The latter does offer the benefit of a user-replaceable battery, an exceedingly rare luxury these days.

To recap, we expect the HTC 10 to feature a 5.15-inch Quad HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with an Adreno 530 GPU, 4GB RAM, a 12MP main cam, and USB Type C.

HTC is already drumming up the excitement for the HTC 10 – a “world first, world class” camera is apparently one of the highlights – so the device can’t be too far down the road.

Are you excited for the HTC 10, from what we’ve heard so far?

  • fatspirit

    Looks nice – not too big as many others. But that samsungish button…. Will it really have it?

  • TRON

    So this is the HTC Galaxy S7 then? Almost the exact same specs. It is almost as if one knew what the other was doing.

    • =

      What other specs do you expect to see from a flagship?

      • Jonathan Véricain

        That’s a good question !!!

      • EasyCare

        I think he meant “standout features”.

        • =

          You think wrong- he meant “specs”, not “features”…

      • TRON

        I am not talking about that. I just think it is interesting that so many specs are identical. You don’t see that very often.

        • =

          I’ll ask again- what other specs do you expect?
          SD 820 is top processor, 4gigs of ram is more than enough, QHD display is a must today for a flagship, 12MP camera with Sony sensor +OIS is best decision this year… In fact only in 2015 there was big differences in flagships hardware- usually Samsung, LG & HTC are with same hardware…

          • ronniejr

            As long as the camera is an improvement over my M9 camera and keep raw image mode. I will be happy. And they have jumped so far from camera to camera and the m9 has a great one. Just hope they do not screw it up. I’m crossing my fingers

          • TRON

            I wasn’t expecting any other specs! Wow you are an idiot.

        • ronniejr

          Yes, many flagship phones share the same Qualcomm series SOC, but just because the have the same specs, ie proccesor, ram, screen type, does not mean there actual specifications are the same at all. They can all have the same CPU, but clocked differently, and they can have variations of different radios/graphics/gps etc on the SOC. They all most likely run different brands of ram, possibly at different clock speeds. And with all that the software written for each phone runs totally different with even the exact same specs.
          But I’m still excited to see a super LCD 5. I enjoy still seeing my screw in bright sunlight.

        • Johnny Dwyer

          Same specs is obvious for a flagship. The difference is how they utilize the specs. HTC M10 will easily out perform the S7 and that’s what matters most.

    • Hhjjj

      It’s standout feature is it will perform better

      • Billy Allen

        Everything performs better than the Galaxy s7 including the iPhone 6s in a speed test lol. Not an Apple fan, just stating a video that I saw on youtube

    • Ferro

      It looks more premium than Galaxy s7 with that gorgeous all metal body ?

      • Degus Jacoby Pradana

        Atleast there are view die hard htc still alive

        • catapult


      • I think it looks like Chinese crap. What a shame. HTC has gone so far backwards since their design team was pit in prison.

    • Christopher W. Sanders

      Bazinga! ???

    • Scr-U-gle

      What differences do you expect? They are both factory phones with off the shelf parts.

  • Teo Jia Rong

    lol HTC always using terms like “SUPER” and “ULTRA” to make it seem like their products are amazing… but its the same usual bs…

    • Ira

      Because there is a difference between LCD and Super LCD… Likewise with AMOLED and Super AMOLED. But I guess Samsung calling their screens Super AMOLED is purely to make their products seem amazing, nothing else. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

      • Sammy Phillips


      • kurolife

        there is no difference between Amoled and Super Amoled, it’s just a Samsung marketing term nowadays (there was a difference when Amoled was full pentile back in the days,) nowadays a high end amoled has the same specs as to what Samsung offers in their high end phones, for LCD it’s trickier because there are so many different interpretations and techologies when it comes to liquid cristal displays, but at the end of it you get a high end LCD from a brand X it would be more or less the same of what you get with HTCs One phone.

        • Ira

          Nowadays, no. This still doesn’t change the fact Super is for newer versions – in either cases. In terms of LCD, it differentiates the two and number helps it even more so, just like Corning Gorilla Glass has different versions.

          Regardless, this was to prove the OP wrong in his trollish attack on HTC. But trolls will be trolls.

        • Pentile is just pentile. There is no “full pentile”. The prefix “pent” means 5. And the pixel arrangement was/is groups of 5 subpixels, since one was shared.

          • kurolife

            Wrong, while yes, Pent in pentile means 5 for 5 subpixels hence the name Pentile classic pentile or what I meant by “full” pentile, nowa days you can have the subpixel and their number arranged differently, an RGBG or RGBW subpixel arrangement is Pentile despite .

          • Huh? As I said, pentile is pentile. The term “full pentile” is something you completely fabricated. Pentile RGBG is an AMOLED technology and Pentile RGBW is an LCD technology. Don’t be spouting off about other people being wrong when you don’t know what you are talking about. And the term “nowa days”? Really? You think that is a real term that is proper to use when writing?

          • kurolife

            I don’t know what you are trying to prove here by quoting the Pentile wikipedia page each time because it resumes what you are saying and the limit of your knowledge, but there is nothing to prove here : There is no such technical word as “full” Pentile if this was the whole point of your comment then it pointless as I never claimed it is a “Technical term” it just resumes very well everything I wanted to say (which I took the time to explain to you in my previous comment) and I clearly explained what I meant when I used that term and what I meant with it, and obviously I mentioned RGBG and RGBW subpixel arrangement REGARDLESS of the screen technology is to prove my point and counter your argument is that all pentile screens are similar and has the same subpixel arrangement and implicitly if I follow your argumentation the same amount, type, shape of subpixels, which you are failing to counter here, but since you want to go there, lets just keep it amoled then legacy subpixel arrangement pentile vs diamond shaped subpixel arrangement . No you are the one clearly that doesn’t know what you are talking about, and a further proof of this is how you are trying to criticize my use of the term “Nowadays”, while I admit my english is far from being perfect as I’m far from being an english native speaker, and in fact english is the forth language I speak, Nowadays is a term you can use for writing according to several english dictionaries.

          • Everything you have said is wrong. Period.

          • kurolife

            Arguments? proofs? You tried to act smart and start an argument about a non point and once you got proven wrong you resort to this kind of comment ?

          • You are also wrong about me being wrong and about it being a non point. And also everything else.

          • Who do you think wrote it, pumpkin?

      • They are amazing, but the Super part is nothing more than a trademark… Making the entire acronym “SAMOLED”. Get it?

      • Super LCD has a very specific meaning. Super LCD differs from a regular LCD in that it does not have an air gap between the outer glass and the display element. It is supposed to reduce glare and power consumption.

    • Airyl

      There’s a difference. How do you not know this? It’s basic knowledge.

  • Teo Jia Rong

    Unless they can really wow us with the HTC 10 (or whatever it is called) then go ahead with the naming :)

  • jay

    If HTC don’t pull something big they having a hard time again. Not only the looks is important (well iphones only looking good) in the Android world is a lot about features

  • charlie Jason

    Being used to OLED, I am not sure if I can ever go back.

  • Tony Tone

    Was hoping for an even bigger battery.

    • TRON

      I always hope for that with every phone, yet I am disappointed every time. 3500+ would be nice.

  • s2weden2000

    htc m10

  • judoka209

    I’m actually a little intrigued with this phone. Bring it HTC. Now or never.

  • fourthstooge

    What everyone seems to forget is that a successful successor device needs to have all the great technology available in the market that can be packaged together. The reason the M9 didn’t do well is because it ran hot initially, the camera was poor, and had no Image Stabilization, and it did NOT have a biometric reader of some type that is needed for future secure commerce transactions.

    Note though that any company that removes a great feature like front-facing STEREO speakers from an existing product on its next iteration has engineers with mushy brains. If this ends up being true, then it’s likely that the “Perfume” phone will be another weak seller, like its predecessor. Even Samsung brought back a microSD slot on the Galaxy S7. There are NO good reasons to remove the stereo speakers. Right? One keeps improving, not removing good stuff. Time will soon tell us how mushy those brains are. The Galaxy S7 Edge is the way to go till some company can create a follow up flagship device with FF stereo speakers.

    If smartphone users think that stereo speakers should not be part of their multi-media experience when using the device, then they should ask themselves, “would they buy a TV without stereo speakers – like it was in the 70s – great mono sound?” If you added speakers to your TV, would you face the speakers towards your couch, or would you face them to the side or back walls? If the smartphone plays back HD video, then the smartphone should play back stereo sound. It just makes sense. Of course, both large and small multi-media smart devices should also have jacks for earplugs or headphones when privacy is required. This just makes sense too. Right?

    I also watch youTube videos on my M9. I hold up my phone and watch different types of clips with it, while I’m lying down. Those FF stereo speakers make a huge difference. I can watch John Oliver (Last Week Tonight) clips in HD, and the stereo sound is awesome. My next portable computer (which will just happen to make phone calls as well) MUST have stereo sound (without accessories), and if HTC does not offer it in a few years, then I’ll be buying someone else’s smart multimedia personal assistant device.

    Boomsound is just some hardware and software inside the device (and more importantly it’s a marketing term). It has nothing to do with where sound exits the device. In my opinion, the engineers had it right, when they designed the exits so that the direction of the sound waves moved forward and hit your face, and a strong pleasing stereo effect was achieved by having the sound exit from both sides of the screen when you held it in landscape mode, as if you were watching a small LED flat screen TV.

    LightStruk stated: I have a One M8, and I bought it specifically for the loud, front-facing, stereo speakers. I use those speakers every day! I can watch videos without cupping my hand around the bottom bezel like you have to with an iPhone, and the stereo separation is obvious. I can turn my phone around and show some friends what I’m watching, and they don’t have to alternate between pointing the speaker at their ear and watching the video. I put it on my kitchen counter and listen to podcasts as I cook. I turn on music and sit it on the table while playing with my toddler. The sound that comes out is actually tolerable!

    So, I believe Stereo FF speakers are just as necessary as a colour display.

    • Xchris

      You’re so in the minority. Most people couldn’t care less

      • fourthstooge

        I’ll just make a couple of points. If you are like those most people, and if the quality of sound can be cheapened, and thus acceptable, then would you consider the same cheapening for the display? Would you consider a smaller screen, a grey scale screen, or a screen with cheapened specifications? After all, it’s just a phone, right. Well, I believe, if you are interested in using a flagship device as a powerful personal computer that can achieve multiple objectives, then the device should strive to do all of those things with the highest of specifications possible. Not sure how many people use their smartphones for watching HD Video. But even if they represent the minority, then the device manufacturer should be providing HD high-quality screens with high-quality audio. I am making this case not to knock HTC, but all high-end smartphone manufacturers that believe they can cut corners, by not providing proper stereo sound. People have multiple senses, and one of them is hearing, and I doubt you are deaf. HTC is just dumb removing a strong element of their devices that did help differentiate them from their competitors that chose to cheapen the sound experience.

    • I LOVED the idea and implementation of BoomSound speakers on the M7/M8. What a brilliant concept, and a great selling point!

      Having said that, I can count on one hand the number of times I took advantage of those speakers on my M8. And most of those times was just to show them off to other people. Turns out, as great an idea as it was, I actually had no use for it. So I’m not sorry to see it go on the 10, especially if it helps keep the vertical size of the phone down.

      My wife made use of the speakers on her M7 a lot, mostly to listen to audio books while doing other stuff. However she’s been doing the same thing on her One A9, which has no front facing speakers, and she hasn’t complained about any lack of quality. Audio books probably aren’t the best means to take advantage of front facing speakers. So again, they won’t be missed there.

      My Nexus 9 is a different story. I actually watch videos and listen to music on that, so the front facing speakers make sense.

  • King_Android

    What will make me get this over an S7 with Samsung Pay and SD Card, best screen and Im sure best camera. HTC you disappoint me again. Nothing has caused me to upgrade from the 6P. I was hoping for HTC. Oh well 6P FTW!!

  • MiquePraktik

    Not having to look at the front-side LOGO is a total big win for me (if renders are real anyway). Would choose a phone just based on this fact over anything else…

  • catapult

    I’m excited

  • RT

    Good news, I prefer LCD over amoled as I want natural colors. Starting to look like this will be my new phone after the M7

    • Teejay

      AMOLED can produce natural colors. But Samsung chooses not to, but to make it brighter. However, it’s easy to set it to natural colors, and in correct sRGB. So AMOLED has the upper hand at this time, not like it used to be. Real black and closest to the glass feel, with no light shining through the panel when supposedly black. AMOLED used to be bad, but now it has surpassed LCD (at least in the newest samsung galaxy phones.)
      But I think no company other than samsung can create such a high quality AMOLED display, and samsung probably won’t let other competitors use it, because it’s their trait. Best next option is a high quality LCD panel I think. But the M9’s panel was really rubbish. Very mediocre and poor color accuracy. And poor viewing angles compared to real IPS LCD.

  • Andrew Sauls

    4 gigs of RAM sounds really nice, however nVidea Tegra K1 I think would be a better SoC.

  • Christopher W. Sanders

    Well if wishes were kisses then fools would reign. HTC didn’t launch their newest mess at MWC cause they prolly would’ve gotten laughed right outta the event.
    Drops mic ?

    • Johnny Dwyer

      Must be a Samtard! This dude proudly represents the Galaxy S iphone.

  • J.C.

    Bye bye HTC. Once a great innovator now a comical cloner of Apple devices. At least my Galaxy S7 Edge looks original. My One M7 was the best device at that time. This M10 looms like “any other Chinese device” available at half the costs.


    Super Megaforce

  • M3D1T8R

    Disappointing if true. Prefer OLED.

  • joey crofts

    this phone just might replace the s7 edge in my hand rn