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HTC One M10 tipped as seriously powerful "HTC O2"


HTC One M9

It’s no secret that HTC is going through some tough times right now, so there’s plenty of pressure for its next phone to be spot on.

Fortunately, the successor to the ill-fated HTC One M9 looks like it could redeem the company’s smartphone fortunes.

For starters, it appears as though HTC may finally be ready to drop the clunky “One M-” branding.

That’s according to MyDrivers, which suggests that the firm’s next handset will actually be called the “HTC O2”.

What’s more, it’s tipped to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chip.

That’s the company’s recently announced top-end processor, which Qualcomm hopes will breathe life back into its chip business following the overheating debacle caused by the Snapdragon 810.

The Snapdragon 820 is a quad-core chip built using Samsung’s super-efficient 14nm FinFET manufacturing process.

It’s expected to make use of Qualcomm’s custom-built ARM-based Hydra cores too, which have yet to appear on any other chip from the firm.

The HTC O2 is also tipped to feature 4GB of RAM, which puts the device firmly in flagship territory.

A separate report by Mobile Dad suggests the phone will be waterproof, and will make use of a hefty 6in display with a 1,440 x 2,560 pixel resolution.

The HTC O2 is expected to be unveiled in late 2015, or early 2016, in line with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 launch window.

Related: HTC One M10 release date

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about a big new product from HTC being in the pipeline for 2015.

Back in June, CEO of the Taiwanese manufacturer Cher Wang said the company had a “hero” handset in the works for October this year.

Wang failed to detail the teased handset at the time, so we’ve had to rely on rumours and speculation ever since.

Do you think the HTC O2 could be the company’s saving grace? Let us know in the comments.

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Drajneanu Gelu

August 19, 2015, 11:19 am

I think that "hero product in the works" is about Vive and HTC bets all programmers and money on it and they want to release it this fall so I don't think she thought about a smartphone as "hero" product. Maybe we will have some One Max 2, but among so many phablets from samsung, LG, Apple, huawei, etc , it will just be there.

Dead Words

August 19, 2015, 11:31 am

They shouldn't be trying to release a solitary 6-in phone. I love large screened phones but I'm pretty much in the minority when it comes to that. It's hard enough for HTC to sell phones without them trying to cater to the minority alone.


August 19, 2015, 12:47 pm

Eurgh, they are definitely doing this to combat the imminent releases of the Nexus Phones and the Moto x Style, and who can blame them! But as someone who is in the market for a new phone this is ANNOYING!

cheese king

August 19, 2015, 1:53 pm

CPU power is not as important as it used to be I wouldn't have thought, HTC now need something sleek, slim and beautiful if it wants to be a serious competitor. It could try the features route by adding a removable battery and SD, maybe try and steel some of those who are cheesed off with Samsung.

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