Smell that? It’s the whiff of a comeback, fueled by a surprisingly popular iPhone “clone”, frequent discounts, and generally dependable software support. But in order for HTC to become a true Samsung or… Huawei rival once again, the “One Watch” and especially “Perfume” handheld have to knock it out of the park next year.
Previously referred to as One M10 and O2, this mysterious HTC Perfume (just a codename, don’t get your panties in a twist) should apparently run Android 6.1 and Sense 8.0 GP out the box on the software side of things.
Wait, what? Neither 6.0’s incremental update, nor the sequel to the Taiwanese company’s current proprietary UI are official yet, and in fact, today’s the first time we’re hearing about them from a tipster as well.
But custom ROM developer @LlabTooFer knows his Sense versions, and given 7.0 debuted on the One M9 back at the 2015 Mobile World Congress, it makes sense (pun intended) for 8.0 to break cover roughly a year later, possibly at MWC 2016. Even in a closer to stock, Google Play-skinned form.
As for Android 6.1, as long as we agree it’ll still be called Marshmallow, it’s not so far-fetched to expect it in the spring also. Remember, 5.1 Lollipop followed in 5.0’s footsteps in March 2015, i.e. roughly four months after the latter’s initial rollout. Then again, Google had to think fast and do something about 5.0’s widespread glitches, while 6.0 looks pretty stable and smooth, at least for the time being.
Unfortunately, there’s nada to report on the HTC “Perfume” hardware front, though Snapdragon 820 processing power, 4GB RAM, a 20MP or so rear-facing camera, Quad HD screen resolution, and BoomSound speakers are the minimum we could hope for. Also, fingers crossed for a long overdue radical redesign.