Although the jury’s still out on what the upcoming HTC One M10 will have to offer, the common consensus is that the Taiwanese phone maker’s next flagship will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC under the hood. This doesn’t surprise us, since almost all of the flagships coming out this year will feature the said processor. A new report is saying that this will be the case with units headed to the US and Europe, but not for units headed to Asia.
Snapdragon or MediaTek depending on the market
According to LlabTooFeR (a ROM developer and known insider when it comes to anything HTC-related) on Twitter, The HTC One M10 will be available in two variants. The variant headed to the US and European markets will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC under the hood, while the variant headed to “China and South-East Asia” will feature an “MTK based” CPU. MTK is short for chip maker MediaTek.
Although this is new information to contemplate on, we won’t be surprised if there is truth to this rumour. Like we mentioned earlier, most of this year’s flagships are expected to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC under the hood, and we’re guessing the HTC One M10 will be one of them. As for a MediaTek-based CPU, we won’t be surprised if HTC uses these chipsets either. The company has used MediaTek processors on versions of its flagship headed to Asia. Example are the HTC One M9 Plus and the HTC One M9E – both are Asian-bound versions of the HTC One M9.
The question is, is this information accurate? Unfortunately, we can’t verify if the tweet from LlabTooFeR is accurate, since HTC is yet to reveal any information on the HTC One M10. But, if rumours surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S7 sporting different processors depending on the market (Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC for US and Chinese markets and Samsung Exynos 8890 SoC for international markets) is anything to go by, we’re guessing it’s possible for HTC to take a similar course of action.
So when do we get to see the HTC One M10 make its official debut? According to recent reports, the device was originally expected to be unveiled at MWC 2016, which is said to be the venue of the unveiling of the LG G5 and the Samsung Galaxy S7. Setbacks, however, forced HTC to push back the unveiling of the One M10 in March. It is expected to launch in April. Although bad news for HTC fans, the HTC One M10 is said to be delayed due to executives changing their minds on various prototypes. This suggests that the device has been re-designed from the ground up, which is actually good news.
Of course, since this is anything but official, take this with a pinch of salt.
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