Rumoured HTC O2 can be the phone that saves company

HTC has had a torrid last couple of years. In the recent past, it has cut jobs and says that it will focus on a smaller portfolio with devices specifically made for emerging markets or high-quality flagship phones. And with that, the latest leak points towards the HTC O2 or M10, which will be its flagship phone for the second half of the year.

Specifications wise, you’d expect the usual stuff and the rumour mill is also pointing towards the same. A 6-inch screen with a 2K screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM and 64/128GB variants.

HTC’s cameras of late have disappointed, but it appears that the resolution will remain the same at 20.7-megapixels for the rear and 5-megapixels for the one on the front. The phone is also expected to have a capacious 3,500mAh battery.

The phone will likely run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow at launch.

Now, some details about this phone are sketchy. For instance, the image render that is doing the rounds has been discredited by famed blogger Evan Blass. He tweeted,” PSA: That supposed “HTC One M10″ image going around is just my M7 render from 2013, ha. Definitely not Aero, either.”

Its launch date is also not clear. Considering its use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU, one shouldn’t expect it before Q4. It could also be HTC’s successor to the M9, which would likely mean Q1 of 2016 at MWC rather than a 2015 launch.

Whatever may be the case, HTC is in dire need of a hit. In markets like India and China, brands like Apple and Samsung outsell it at the high-end and at the lower mid-range brands like Xiaomi and Micromax have eaten up its marketshare. It clearly needs to reassess. This could be the phone that it hopes will save it.