Taiwanese smartphone firm HTC will be looking to make amends with the release of the company’s upcoming flagship smartphone. While all the previous flagship handsets of HTC have carried the same model name according to the series they belong to, the upcoming high-end smartphone will be named O2 instead of M10. Since the previous flagship smartphone carried a Snapdragon 810 SoC, the HTC O2 will most likely be armed with Qualcomm’s upcoming flagship chipset, Snapdragon 820.
Snapdragon 820 is processed under Samsung’s 14nm FinFET process, which will deliver more performance and battery life to the user while keeping its temperature under control. According to a source, Snapdragon 820 is not going to be running an octa-core processor. Instead, the mobile SoC is going to be running a quad-core processor that will be comprise up of the firm’s own developed ARM based Hydra cores.
Earlier, it was revealed that Qualcomm was working on server based processors that were codenamed Hydra. In short, we should expect terrific performance from these cores; enough to exceed the performance of the octa-core processor present in Exynos 7420. Most importantly, the speed and efficiency of Snapdragon 820 will also enable HTC O2 to gain some heavy momentum, especially for a company that has been in some serious financial trouble.
While the remainder of the hardware specifications were not detailed by the source, we expect HTC O2 to feature 4GB of RAM, along with sufficient space for both internal and external storage. Another variable that HTC will have to look closely at is the price of its O2. Seeing as how Chinese OEMs are dominating the mobile industry thanks to their competitively priced handsets, the Taiwanese firm will have to be very careful regarding this.
Since HTC O2 is going to be released next year, we will be looking for the handset to be showcased during MWC 2016.