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If this is the One M10, HTC has officially lost the plot


Well taken photographs of unreleased devices are usually a dime a dozen. First and foremost, comes the hostility of getting caught of snapping those photos that’ll probably get you in a lot of trouble. But still companies are finding it harder to prepare for the storm of their devices getting leaked out in the open.

Samsung is on top of the ant hill when it concerns their Galaxy S7 duo that’s slated to be released at MWC 2016. LG’s G5 has made a few appearances too but it seems like we’ve forgotten the darling of Taiwan – HTC with their One M10.

Many rumours have floated around saying that the green-coloured brand won’t be making a big fuss at the Barcelona-based convention with an April 11th announcement date set instead. Besides the fact, we’re not too sure if we like what we’re seeing from Evan Blass’ leak of the One M10.

That’s remotely because there’s no more BoomSound (as far as we can tell) and it’s starting to look a lot more Samsung than anything else. It’s like HTC did an 180-degree spin from their design language on the One M7, M8 and M9 and thought that going Samsung-esque was the best decision – way to go HTC, that’s originality for you.

The initial leak by Mr Blass gave a similar vibe but when pictured in black, the home button looked a little smaller. You used to be able to tell a HTC apart because of those huge bezels that were a sacrifice to plaster those amazing front-facing speakers – a differentiator that we’ll miss for sure.

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In the rumoured specs department, it is claimed that the One M10 will carry a 5.2-inch AMOLED display and feature a top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. It’s likely that 4GB of RAM will be on this smartphone, along with at least 32GB of internal storage.

There’s also the greatly welcomed 12-megapixel rear camera that’s also found on the Nexus 6P. The sensors on the rear and front (unknown megapixel) are also said to be equipped with OIS (optical image stabilisation).

Our camera comparison showing what it’s capable of can be found here.


HTC One A9 pictured above

To round off, apparently HTC will make use of the home button and let it double as a fingerprint sensor, as they’ve done before. The flagship will also run a Sense 8.0 skin over Android Marshmallow out of the box.

We’ve said it time and time again, HTC has made phones with great builds and designs. This time (if the image holds true) they’ve dropped the ball again. Adding to the shambles is the fact that they’ve done away with BoomSound, something that always kept them ahead in the multimedia consumption side of smartphones.

Say it ain’t so, HTC. Say it ain’t so.

Do drop us your thoughts on the alleged HTC One M10, will it sell like hotcakes? Or will it be another dud.