HTC may be just about to start accepting pre-orders for its much talked-about VR headset, the Vive, but that doesn't mean the company is giving its smartphone business the short shift. While the upcoming One M10 is expected to be the flagship smartphone for HTC this year, the company is apparently also working hard to ensure a worthwhile presence in the mid-range and entry-level segments. That being the case, tech journalist and prolific tipster Mr. Evan Blass (who goes by the handle @evleaks on Twitter) on Saturday released a set of images of an upcoming smartphone from the company. The smartphone was originally said to be a mid-ranged one called the HTC A16 that will apparently be released at some stage during this year.
Even though the images have been in public domain for over a day now, information regarding the phone's hardware was still under wraps thus far. However, that's not the case anymore now. On Saturday, another prolific tipster released some serious info on the HTC A16, and while there's no guarantee that the leaked information will hold up in the end, the listed specifications seem to indicate that the upcoming handset from HTC will come will fairly basic entry-level hardware and therefore, should be fairly easy on the pocket any which way you look at it. According to the post by @LlabTooFer, the device will be powered by a Snapdragon 210 MSM8909 SoC, and have a 5-inch, 720p display panel. Both of which are indicative of a device which will probably target the prepaid market globally.
The rest of the specs are also keeping in line with a value-oriented device rather than a performance-oriented one. The primary camera will apparently be an 8-megapixel unit, whereas the secondary one will come with a 5-megapixel sensor. There will only be 8 GB of onboard storage, whereas 1.5 GB of RAM will be all that the A16 will apparently get. Thankfully though, there will be a microSD card slot for storage capacity expansion, so carrying along media files should not be a huge issue by the looks of it. The device will apparently also come with a 2,200 mAh battery. That's all there is to it as of now, but as and when we get more info on the A16, we'll make sure to keep you up to speed.