Switched: HTC 10 uses capacitive buttons, ditches the front-facing speakers
The HTC 10 won’t be accused of being the same exact phone as last year when it launches on April 12 because it’s clearly switching up its design in a few ways.

The new Android phone will now feature capacitive buttons and what appears to be a fingerprint sensor, according to a the latest teaser photo from HTC.

It will inherit the same oval-shaped fingerprint scanner as the HTC One A9 from what I can see, and move back to using capacitive buttons that appeared on the HTC One M7.

These are positive shakeups for the Taiwanese company’s flagship phone series, as the move from the HTC One M8 to the HTC One M9 felt like an uninspiring repeat.

Where are the front-facing stereo speakers?

It’s the end of an era for on-screen buttons, but that fate may also be shared by HTC’s beloved front-facing stereo speakers. HTC 10’s fingerprint, back and recent buttons now are in the way.

The bottom speaker is therefore likely to find a new home on the bottom frame of the phone. The HTC logo is also absent from this teaser image shrouded in darkness.

All hope isn’t lost, however. Previous HTC 10 leaks have pointed to a possible HTC BoomSound setting. It’s just that may not have the prefered right and left stereo speaker setup as before.

Will it still have enough to rival the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and LG G5? Its specs are rumored to be very similar, yet the company promises to have a trick up its sleeve.

“Not all phones are created equal,” teases HTC. “The fastest and smoothest Android. You’ll feel it.” Yes we will. Stay tuned for techradar for the April 12 announcement.

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