HTC’s 2015 flagship, the One M9, didn’t manage to enjoy the success (of its predecessor) the company was hoping for. As a result, the company’s financials aren’t rosy at all, and we are all waiting to see what CEO Cher Wang was referring to when talking about a “hero” product (product could also mean something that’s not a smartphone). So far, HTC’s been consistent with its flagship, naming it One, One M8, One M9, and releasing it around MWC 2015. It would be safe to assume that the HTC One M10 would be landing around MWC 2016, but previous rumors talked about a late 2015 announcement of a flagship phone with Snapdragon 810 on-board.
The latest report claims that there will likely be no HTC One M10, but, instead, the flagship will be called HTC O2 (O2 could stand for the second generation/family of One phones, or something completely different, not to mention the carrier called the same way). In any case, the report claims that the HTC One M10, now referred to as the O2, will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chip, which means that we’ll likely see it around the end of Q1 next year, either before (if we’re lucky), or post MWC 2016.
Same source claims that the Snapdragon 820 will not be an octa-core chip, but a quad-core processor (processed under Samsung’s 14nm FinFET process) based on Qualcomm’s own Hydra ARM cores. It is expected to exceed the performance of Samsung’s Exynos 7420 (powering the S6, S6 edge, Note 5, and S6 edge+), while delivering great battery life, speedy performance, all while being cool. Other rumors suggest 4GB of RAM should be under the hood as well, but, at the moment, there’s no confirmation (not that there’s any information to support the above either).
What do you think HTC needs to do to the HTC One M10 (HTC O2) in order to regain momentum?