HTC is expected to unveil its latest flagship smartphone on Tuesday, but a new leak is giving us our best look yet at the device. It's rumored to be called the HTC 10 (it's replacing last year's HTC M9, but the "M" is gone), and Dutch site GSM Helpdesk claims to have accurate information and photos of the new handset. According to the site, the phone will be available "worldwide" in mid-May.
A different kind of BoomSound
As we've seen before in leaked renders and previous photos of the device itself, HTC is sticking with its tried-and-true design language, but with oversized beveled edges on the rear this time around. This generation does appear to be borrowing more from last year's One A9, however, with a simplified layout that lacks the bold HTC logo and the distinctive dual speakers found on the front of HTC's past flagships.
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That said, GSM Helpdesk claims that stereo BoomSound speakers are still present, even if they aren't plainly visible here. Going off of an official teaser from HTC, it seems a speaker built into the earpiece will pair with a smaller speaker along the bottom edge for a decidedly non-traditional stereo BoomSound setup. There's also a traditional physical home button, which is said to be equipped with a fingerprint sensor — a must for any flagship in 2016.
The rumored specifications line up with previous leaks: we're looking at a 5.2-inch, QHD (1440 x 2560) display powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4GB of RAM. There's also said to be a 12-megapixel "Ultra Pixel" camera with optical image stabilization and laser autofocus — we hope it's a setup that will make us forget some subpar Ultra Pixel cameras of old. The front camera will reportedly come in at 5 megapixels, with OIS as well, which is a rare feat. The bottom edge is said to carry a USB-C port, and the device is reportedly powered by a hefty 3,000mAh battery. The phone's expected to be available in black, gold, or silver, the latter of which will be available with a black or white front bezel.
We expect to hear much more about the HTC 10 — if that's what it's called — on Tuesday morning. Tune in then.
Update 4:23PM ET: Added details on HTC's expected BoomSound arrangement on the new smartphone.