HTC 10 to be unveiled April 12: Here's what we would like to see

HTC 10 will launch April 12, more than a month after Samsung and LG launched their premium wares and a fortnight after Apple unveiled iPhone SE, and it would be fair to say that expectations are pretty high.

HTC was in the news recently for bagging a two year deal to manufacture Nexus phones, and its upcoming flagship should be an indicator enough for things to come in terms of design, specs and features.

Design and display

Existing leaked images of the 10 suggest that HTC hasn't changed the screen-to-body ratio much compared to One M9 or One M9+. Leaks on Twitter thanks to @OnLeaks and @evleaks point to a 5.1-inch QHD display which is very similar to the one in LG G5. The phone will feature a full metal body which will offer enough protection to the phone to merit an IP68 dustproof and waterproof rating.

 

Leakster @evleaks has also suggested that HTC 10 will feature a Super LCD 5 display panel. A Super LCD panel removes the air gap between the display element and the outer glass, which makes the display look as bright as a Super AMOLED one. Super LCD also consumes a lot less power than standard LCD ones, apart from offering better viewing angles and faster refresh rate.

Apart from being bold, HTC 10 may look beautiful as well thanks to four new colours: carbon gray, glacier silver (white face), glacier silver (black face) and topaz gold that it will come in once launched.

Internal specifications

A look at leaked specifications of HTC 10 will confirm the fact that the display won't be the phone's sole USP once released. HTC 10 will feature the latest Snapdragon 820 processor, an Adreno 530 GPU and a 4GB RAM. Here's how this config makes it the most capable in the industry as per existing standards.

 

Snapdragon 820 chip features a X12 LTE modem that offers download speeds of up to 600 Mbps. In contrast, Snapdragon 810 offered just 450 Mbps. The chip will also triple upload speeds to up to 150 Mbps and will let you stream multiple 4K Ultra HD videos with faster Wi-Fi support. The Adreno 530 GPU also offers 40 per cent improvement to graphics, computing and power usage compared to the existing Adreno 430 GPU in the Snapdragon 810 chip.

Not surprisingly, HTC 10 scored a remarkable 109,936 on AnTuTu benchmark testing compared to 103,692 scored by Galaxy S7, 81,087 scored by Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge and 79,965 scored by HTC's very own One M9.

As per LlabTooFeR, a serial tipster of HTC phones on Twitter, HTC 10 may sport three internal memory options of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. However, there's no confirmation on the presence of a microSD slot in the phone as yet.

Camera

While HTC skipped the UltraPixel technology while introducing a 20MP camera with Dual flash with the One M9, it seems the UltraPixel is making a return with the HTC 10.

 

The upcoming phone may feature a 12MP rear camera Sony IMX377 sensor which is also present in Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, laser autofocus as well as optical image stabilization. The 5MP front cam will feature Samsung s5k4e6 sensor as well as autofocus capability.

Battery

Leakster @evleaks announced yesterday that HTC 10 will sport a 3,000 mAh battery, big enough for a 5.1-inch phone. Considering that the One M9 featured a 2,800 mAh battery, the jump this time won't be monumental but good enough for longer usage and the user's peace of mind.

 

Yet another promising leak about HTC 10 is the introduction of the USB Type-C port. USB Type-C will enable you to fully charge the phone in under 30 minutes and will also allow high speed data transfers to save time.

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