LlabTooFer, who’s slowly building himself something of a reputation for leaking reliable HTC-related information, is back with another nugget today. According to the leaker, the HTC ‘Perfume’ One M10 will feature a Sony IMX377 camera sensor on the back. This is the same 12MP 1.55um camera with laser autofocus and PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus) found in the two new Nexus smartphones…
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If true, we could finally have an HTC One smartphone with a great camera. I think we can all agree that — if there’s one thing the One series has missed so far — it’s a great camera. Two years ago, the company tried its low pixel-count, UltraPixel sensor in the One M8 which resulted in decent lowlight performance but fuzzy detail. Last year, the manufacturer went with more pixels in the One M9, but still somehow lacked in quality.
HTC Perfume “UltraPixels”: Main Camera – Sony IMX377 12MP 1.55um + Laser Autofocus + PDAF Front Camera – Samsung s5k4e6 5MP UltraPixel
— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) February 11, 2016
Adding to that, well-known leaker Evan Blass has his own information to add to the HTC One M10 story. According to Blass, the HTC One M10 will be launched in the US at some point around May 9th.
HTC M10: Hitting US retail the week of May 9th
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 11, 2016
While it may not seem noteworthy on the surface, I think it’s important to note that the rumored launch date is deliberately placed to give distance from MWC. With Samsung announcing the Galaxy S7 in 10 days time, and LG announcing the G5 on the same day, HTC needs to allow a little breathing room. A May launch date is probably the safest option for the company which, by its own accounts, is struggling to compete in the smartphone market. Especially at the high end.
The rumors surrounding the HTC One M10 haven’t been as hyped as those from LG and Samsung. From the information we’ve read so far, it’s expected that the Taiwanese manufacturer’s next phone will feature a QHD AMOLED panel, and will ditch the BoomSound speakers in order to take on a more One A9-like design.