Despite unfavorable reactions to the One M9 from both the public and critics, HTC will continue to target the top end of the market with a new flagship smartphone. This new device is likely to be called the HTC O2. A series of leaks has already given us a fair idea of the new device's specifications, including the screen, processor, camera and battery. Here's what we know.
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HTC O2: Design
The HTC O2 design is likely to be similar to HTC's last two flagship phones. However, there are a few key departures from the One M9, the most obvious being the O2's size – both the phone and its screen will be considerably larger that the One M9.
Secondly, the phone appears much thinner, with the edges barely noticeable, but HTC has stuck with a metal casing for the entire unit.
The HTC One M9 was heavily criticized for copying the look of its predecessor, the HTC One M8, and offering almost no fresh innovations or features. The public voted with their wallets and poor sales may have forced a change of thinking from the Taiwanese company, hence the speculation that the new model might break from convention and be called HTC O2, rather than the One M10.
Although the change in name is yet to be confirmed, it would fit with the wider change in the company demonstrated by their new line of smartphones, which includes the HTC Aero.
HTC O2: Display
A leaked document from Mobile-Dad suggests the new model will boast a 6-inch screen and QHD resolution (1,440 x 2,560). This would mean a density of 490 dpi.
These dimensions, if confirmed, would essentially make the device a phablet – a risky move for HTC, considering the lukewarm public response to such large phones. However, the leaked report suggests a 5-inch version that offers the same resolution may also be made available.
HTC O2: Performance
A number of rumors surrounding the HTC O2 performance point to the new phone employing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. This should improve battery performance and solve the overheating problem that plagued the previous model.
The handset is likely to have 4 GB of RAM, while internal storage options vary between 64 and 128 GB. It isn't yet known whether it will be microSD card compatible.
HTC O2: Technical specifications
The expected 20.7 MP camera at the back and 5 MP in the front isn't a radical departure from previous models, but the potential increase in battery size to 3,500 mAh makes sense when you consider the device is likely to be significantly bigger.
HTC has developed a good reputation for sound on its phones and the new model is likely to have stereo sound with a speaker at each end on the front of the phone, much like its predecessor.
The leaked report also revealed that the phone would feature some kind of protection against water and dust, although details are thin on the ground.
|Screen||6 inches, 1,440 x 2,560 (QHD)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Quad-core|
|Internal memory||64 GB / 128 GB|
|Camera||MP 20.7 / 5 MP|
HTC O2: Release date and price
The HTC O2 is likely to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2016, so it should be in stores by March or April.
HTC don't have a reputation for cheap devices and that doesn't appear likely to change with this one. With such high specs, it's a fair bet that the cheapest version of the new phone will be somewhere in the range of US$800–900.
What are you expecting from the HTC O2? Let us know in the comments.