Now that the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 are official and on their way into the hands of consumers, the rumor mill is turning its attention to “what’s next”, the HTC One M10. Or is it just the HTC 10?
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Regardless of what it’s final name is, one thing we know for certain is that HTC is gearing up for a somewhat radical departure in design, moving away from the looks of the HTC One M9. We’ve already seen a number of fuzzy leaked images showing off the device, but today we get our hands on a few more images from @onleaks (below), which was immediately followed by a detailed press render of the device from @evleaks (above).
As expected, the new HTC 10 removes boomsound front-facing speakers in favor of a design that’s more akin to the HTC One A9 – especially on the frontside. Taking the place of front-facing speakers is a front-facing fingerprint scanner built into the phone’s home button, which is flacked by two capacitive keys.
On the back is a fairly minimalist design, though the chamfered edges help give it that extra bit of flair. From the front to the back, and even its somewhat curved looking design, I can’t help but feel this phones seems a bit like an odd mix of Samsung and HTC design language, with perhaps a tiny bit of Moto-esque shape thrown in for good measure.
The end result isn’t an ugly phone, but simply one that arguably moves too far away from what made HTC’s phones so iconic to begin with. Of course, that’s just my opinion and I’m sure there are plenty of folks that will love the new look.
In addition to the new images, @onleaks also unofficially confirms a few things about the specs, namely that we’ll see a 5.15-inch QHD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with an Adreno 530 GPU, 4GB RAM, a 12MP main cam, and USB Type C for charging. That said, these are “prototype” specs, so the final model might differ slightly.
Based on what we currently know, what do you think of the HTC 10? Is HTC heading in the right direction with this one? How important are front-facing speakers to you?