HTC One M10 rumors reignite with metal-clad body, March unveiling, multiple chip configurations

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the upcoming HTC One M10, but we now have new rumors from two different sources which give us new insight into the phone’s internal and external hardware, along with HTC’s launch plan for the phone. As with all rumors, please take the following details with a pinch or two of salt.

Due to the lack of rumors floating around, many have begun to speculate that HTC had pulled the plug of the One M10. Fortunately, that’s not the case. The reason the rumor mill has been silent is because HTC is still working out the final design of the phone’s design and has pushed the handset’s unveiling back to March with an April retail launch. HTC will host a dedicated launch event for the phone, similar the HTC One M7 and One M8 events in 2013 and 2014. While the One M9 was unveiled at Mobile World Congress last year, the device was overshadowed by the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and dozens of other devices which launched that week.

The new rumors don’t give us much insight into what the HTC One M10 will look like besides confirming that the phone will be metal-clad with a circular camera lens on the back and a fingerprint scanner and a IP78 waterproof and dustproof rating. On the inside, the phone will features a 3,000 mAh battery and a 23 megapixel camera. The European and North American version of the phone will be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, but HTC is apparently prepping a Chinese and South-East Asian variant which will be powered by an unnamed MediaTek processor.

There’s no guarantee that the HTC One M10 will help HTC’s flailing smartphone business, but the fact that the phone’s launch has not been scrapped is great news for the Android ecosystem.