The HTC One M9 was suppose to get the Taiwanese phone maker out of the red and it back in the black. Sadly, it did the exact opposite and generated disappointing sales, which resulted in HTC’s stock plunging to a record low. In the following week, HTC reported a second quarter loss, which forced Cher Wang, HTC’s CEO to announce to stockholders that HTC was cooking a new flagship. Previously, this rumoured flagship by HTC was dubbed the “HTC Aero,” now it is said to be known as the “HTC O2.”
According to serial leakster Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), the HTC Aero would be coming in the last quarter of 2015. Another serial leakster @upleaks said that the device was “awesome.” Now, a new report courtesy of Chinese-speaking MyDrivers is saying that the upcoming HTC flagship will be called the “HTC O2.”
Snapdragon 820 under the hood
The Chinese report adds that the HTC O2 will come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, which is said to be manufactured using Samsung’s 14 nm FinFET process. It is said to come with four custom ARM based Hydra cores made by Qualcomm. The new CPU is said to bring performance to whole new heights, and is said to improve battery life. More importantly, it is said to not run hot like the Snapdragon 810, which is the overheating processor under the hood of the HTC One M9. This is crucial since the O2 is said to be clad in metal. When the HTC One M9 was newly unveiled, a report showed that the smartphone was too hot to hold due to heat issues caused by the Snapdragon 810. If true, this is good news, since earlier reports said the the HTC O2 would comes with the Snapdragon 810 under the hood.
According to earlier reports, the HTC O2 would be available in October. However, since the device is now said to come with the Snapdragon 820 under the hood, its release date is likely to be in the first quarter of 2016, which is around the same time the CPU will be available.
Of course, since this is anything but official, take this with a pinch of salt.
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