HTC’s upcoming smartphone is starting to get some good attention, now that the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge and the LG G5 hype has died down some (though is yet to end). We’ve confirmed that April 12th is the date of the HTC 10 announcement (though earlier rumors pegged it for April 19th), but on what date can users expect to cradle the device in their hands?
A rumor shared with us by ePrice shows the date to be April 15th, just three days after the official announcement. HTC has not confirmed this date, of course, but the memo leaked applies this date to the HTC 10 launch in Taiwan. We do not know if the HTC 10 will launch worldwide on April 15th, though it’s not too hard to see HTC doing this. The company did release the One M8 on the same day as its announcement, just hours after, on carriers like Verizon in the US, so an April 15th launch date would give the company 3 days after the announcement before its release. At the same time, however, we don’t know if HTC intends to do this or not. The date (April 15th) may be set for Taiwan, HTC’s home country, with the HTC 10 rolling out weeks after that around the world.
The HTC 10 is said to feature a 5.15-inch display with a Quad HD screen resolution of 2,560 x 1,440p, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor (quad-core), a 3,000mAh battery, 32GB of storage, and so on. HTC will implement Sense 8.0 as its skin for its devices, with the company promising a world-class camera that we’ll have to see to believe.
HTC launched the One M9 at Mobile World Congress last year, to the dismay of many HTC fans who were hoping the company would arrive with something fresh and exciting. As has been the case for some years now, Samsung stole the show with its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge with the edge’s dual-curved design, and many former HTC fans have never looked back. The HTC One A9 is an example of what HTC can do when it’s allowed to give its all, but with its camera slightly better than the One M9’s the Taiwanese manufacturer will need to do a lot to turn its misfortune around. Having “the most beautiful smartphone” each year, as former CEO Peter Chou said, is no longer enough in a market where all high-end Android smartphones don a premium look and feel.