HTC is set to kick-start the new year with a new product which is scheduled to be launched on January 12, 2017. The company has started sending out media invites with a ‘for U’ image along with the said date. It is expected that the company will launch the HTC One X10 smartphone, successor to the HTC One X9. Details about the purported smartphone’s features and specifications have already been leaked online, leaving little to imagination when it debuts in the coming year.
Traditionally, HTC would have chosen to unveil the smartphone at the upcoming Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2017 that is scheduled to take place from January 3 to January 8. The HTC event is scheduled just a few days after the CES and about a month before the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017. Now speculations are rife that the company would not use its January 12 event to launch the mid-range smartphone and could instead reveal its first smartwatch or the second-edition of the HTC Vive VR headset. What HTC exactly has up its sleeve shall be known once the company hosts the event in January. Meanwhile, let us run you through the available details about the speculated products.
HTC One X10 features and specifications
The HTC One X10 is expected to feature a 5.5-inch full HD display offering 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution. At its heart will be a MediaTek Helio P10 octa-core processor clock at 2GHz along with Mali-T860 GPU and 3 GB of RAM. Details about the available storage and expansion capabilities are scarce as of now. In terms of camera, the HTC One X10 could bring in a 13-megapixel rear camera enabled with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). It is not known if the HTC One X10 will also get a 5-megapixel front camera as its predecessor. ALSO READ: HTC 11 leak hints at Snapdragon 835 chipset, 8GB RAM and dual-rear camera setup
In comparison, the HTC One X9 features a metal unibody design and comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display. Under the hood runs MediaTek’s Helio X10 (MT6795T) octa-core SoC clocked at 2.2GHz coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be further taken up to 2TB via microSD card. It further comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with OIS, support for 4K video recording and dual-tone LED flash. For selfies, it comes with a 5-megapixel front snapper. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. When launched earlier in India this year, the HTC One X9 was priced at Rs 25,990. The HTC One X10 is expected to be priced lower at 2,000 Yuan ( Rs 19,500 approximately).
HTC – Under Armour smartwatch
HTC partnered with Under Armour in 2014 and it is expected that the January 12 event could witness a new product arriving out of the partnership. The media invite also highlights the ‘U’ which reports indicate could mean either a HTC-made smartwatch with the Under Armour logo on the back or perhaps even a fitness wearable. In October this year, an HTC smartwatch has also been leaked on the web, but there had been no concrete evidence if it was an old prototype or a new product-in-the-making.
Additionally, there have been rumors about Google’s Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches to debut in Q1, 2017. Soon after the launch of the Google-branded Pixel smartphones, it was reported that the search giant will further penetrate into the products’ category to bring its first set of smartwatches. Given that HTC has already partnered with Google for its Nexus smartphones, it would be interesting to see if the company announces its Google Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch at the January 12 event. ALSO READ: Google’s Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches to reportedly launch in Q1, 2017
HTC Vive 2 VR
Other than the HTC One X10 and a possible smartwatch, HTC is also rumored to tease the second iteration of its Vive VR headset at the upcoming event. The first HTC Vive PC headset was launched earlier this year and it is expected that the company could follow a similar timeline for its successor. Dubbed HTC Vive 2 VR, the headset could be a smartphone-based VR headset, similar to what the Google Daydream View and the Samsung Gear VR.
It is expected that the company could either announce new controllers for the current version or make public new details on the next version of the headset.