HTC 10: new images leak just before April 12 unveiling

Tuesday, April 12th, is all but guaranteed to HTC announce its new Android flagship, the HTC 10 (dropping the "M" from the previous generation M9). While the device has already been leaked before today, along with a number of teaser images from HTC itself, two new photos have surfaced from Dutch site GSM Helpdesk, giving us the clearest look at the smartphone so far.

The photos show the HTC 10 in black, with shots of the back as well as the front with the screen both on and off. Right off the bat we see HTC is making few changes to its now-aging design that's been used since the HTC M7. The one exception is the new oversized beveled edges that flow into the slightly curved rear surface.

Also noticeably missing are the dual speaker grilles that have been placed at the top and bottom of HTC's flagship phones. Instead, the HTC 10 seems to borrow its front design from the HTC One A9 (which also means it heavily resembles the iPhone). The device is clean of logos, and features a front-facing camera along with a physical home button that is expected to include a fingerprint sensor.

However, just because the speakers are gone it doesn't mean the HTC 10 won't feature stereo audio. One of the company's many teases for the phone was a video that promised the device would have the best BoomSound yet, with high-fidelity and hi-res audio.

Other than the images, GSM Helpdesk's leak mentions specs that are in line with previous rumors. The highlights include a 5.2-inch QHD display, a Snapdragon 820 chip from Qualcomm paired with 4GB of RAM, a nice 3,000mAh battery, and a USB-C port for charging. The rear camera has been said to feature a 12MP "Ultra Pixel" sensor with stabilization and laser autofocus, while the front shooter will have 5MP and may also include image stabilization.

HTC is taking a different approach to unveiling the HTC 10, skipping the big media event that usually comes with new smartphones. Instead the company is holding an online-only livestream for the device, which will begin at 8:00 AM Eastern on Tuesday.