HTC 10 Details Leak Ahead Of Official Debut - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

12:06 PM
Eric Zeman
Eric Zeman

HTC 10 Details Leak Ahead Of Official Debut

The HTC 10, expected to arrive Tuesday, is an all-metal smartphone with top specifications and a few surprises, according to a promotional video.

9 iPhone SE Alternatives That Are Cheaper
9 iPhone SE Alternatives That Are Cheaper
(Click image for larger view and slideshow.)

A leaked promotional video has given HTC phone fans something to salivate over ahead of the phone's official launch. HTC is holding events in multiple cities on Tuesday, April 12, to announce the 10, its flagship handset for the year. Thanks to the video and other leaks over the past few weeks, we have a good idea of what's in store.

The video, discovered by The Verge, focuses on the phone's design. Like HTC's previous flagships, the 10 will be made from a single block of aluminum. It features a rounded rear panel with heavily chamfered edges. A large camera module appears in the video with two-tone flash. A USB Type-C connector is clearly visible on the bottom edge. Two trays are visible in the side edges. The sight suggests the phone will support memory cards.

The video doesn't list any specs, but there are a few other physical attributes we can cull from the clip. For example, the 10 appears to include a fingerprint sensor on front similar to the one HTC used on the One A9 smartphone. Multiple holes are visible in the chassis, suggesting it can capture stereo sound (likely when recording video). We can also see that it will be available in at least three colors: gold, silver, and black or dark gray.

The design language is pure HTC.

As for the nitty-gritty details, we have to rely on previous leaks to form a more complete picture of this device. For example, it is expected to have a 5.2-inch screen with quad HD (2K) resolution. That's a step up for HTC, which has stuck with 5-inch, full HD screens for years. Like many of 2016's flagship smartphones, the 10 will rely on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4 GB of RAM. So far, this chipset has proven to be a beast.

Are you prepared for a new world of enterprise mobility? Attend the Wireless & Mobility Track at Interop Las Vegas, May 2-6. Register now!

On the camera front -- where HTC has too-often stumbled -- the 10 is expected to have a 12-megapixel "Ultra Pixel" camera with optical image stabilization and laser-assisted autofocus. (The laser AF module is visible in the new video.) Interestingly, the user-facing camera include a 5-megapixel sensor, which is average for this class of device, but it will also feature optical image stabilization. That's a rare feature for the front camera and might help make for sharper selfies. The last spec revealed so far says the phone will carry a 3,000 mAh battery.

HTC is in a precarious position. Once the Android forerunner, its fortunes have dwindled in recent years as Samsung, LG, Huawei, ZTE, and others stepped in. The HTC 10 is an important handset for the company, which needs to boost sales and rake in cash at the same time.

HTC will reveal the 10 in New York, London, and Taipei. The New York event is scheduled to kick off at 8 a.m. ET on Tuesday.

Eric is a freelance writer for InformationWeek specializing in mobile technologies. View Full Bio
We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
2021 Outlook: Tackling Cloud Transformation Choices
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  1/4/2021
Enterprise IT Leaders Face Two Paths to AI
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  12/23/2020
10 IT Trends to Watch for in 2021
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  12/22/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
Download this report to compare how cloud usage and spending patterns have changed in 2020, and how respondents think they'll evolve over the next two years.
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you.
Flash Poll