HTC fans have given the company time after time to deliver a One-series flagship that can live up to expectations. That’s brought us some stunningly beautiful handsets, and ones that did more than a few things right, but none have been enough to really turn the manufacturer’s business around, always leaving us wanting just a little more. Will the phone codenamed Perfume, the one a lot of us are expecting to see launch as the One M10, be able to correct past mistakes and give HTC the hero phone it deserves? The latest hardware report sure has things sounding hopeful, as it suggests HTC is ready to step up and make good on some of those past oversights – starting with the phone’s camera.
HTC’s always had big dreams with One-series cameras, but the reality of what we got often failed to live up to promises. That’s especially true for UltraPixels: we were told that low resolution was an acceptable trade-off so long as we got killer light sensitivity, but that’s not always what using the cameras felt like. For Perfume, though, HTC could finally give us the best of both worlds, hooking the phone up with a 12MP UltraPixel camera.
Not only that, the camera would reportedly get laser-assisted auto-focus, and both main and front-facing sensors could offer optical stabilization.
Other rumored hardware details similarly suggest a willingness to do things differently: while the One M9 was a 1080p hold-out, Perfume should step things up to a quad HD panel – and it might just be an OLED, at that. We also hear to look for a Snapdragon 820 (other rumors have suggested a MediaTek option could be around, as well) SoC, a solid 4GB of RAM, and probably a 32GB storage option (with microSD expansion, to boot).
Sick of HTC wasting device real estate with a big logo under the screen? This time we could actually get some functionality there, with a physical home button armed with its own fingerprint scanner.
Not every change sounds great, though, and we could lose stereo front-firing speakers in the process of getting all these other upgrades. What’s an HTC flagship without a few trade-offs, right?
This report also echos claims we’ve heard that HTC could decide not to bring Perfume to MWC this year, and that a launch even should follow the expo a few weeks later.
Source: Venture Beat