HTC’s next flagship phone, dubbed HTC Perfume, is to be released tomorrow with events held in Taipei, London and New York starting at 8 pm Taiwan time.
This is the fourth iteration of the HTC One flagship series, with the first being released in 2013. This year’s model may be released with the name HTC 10.
While still a rumor, the phone specifications seems to have been unofficially confirmed. The Verge reports the HTC 10 to have a 5.2-inch, QHD (1440 x 2560) display powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4GB of RAM. There will be a 12-megapixel ‘ultra pixel’ camera with optical image stabilization and laser autofocus while the front camera would reportedly be 5 megapixels, with image stabilization as well. The device’s battery reportedly contains 3,000mA while the device still has a physical home button with a fingerprint sensor.
The phone will be available in black, gold and silver with storage options of 16GB, 32GB and 128GB. There would be a SD card port in the smartphone allowing the maximum capacity to be 2TB. Despite some fears, the smartphone still has the BoomSound system – seen as the one of the defining features of the HTC One series.
The price is expected to be higher than US$650, with shipments starting in mid-May.
Taiwan-based HTC is hoping its announcement will provide a boost for financial situation. The company’s March revenue was down almost 80% from a year earlier, reaching an 11-year low at NT$4.14 billion (US$128 million). Revenue from the January to March period this year was 65% lower than the same period last year.
The result of HTC’s foray into the virtual reality market remains unclear since the company released its HTC Vive just last week. There is some momentum going for the device, which may help boost revenue this month, as will the HTC 10 when it goes on sale later this month.
Edited by Edward White