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Rumored HTC One M10 flagship could catch up to today's rivals -- but maybe not tomorrow's

HTC's big phone of the year could boast a 2,560x1,440-pixel display and a fingerprint scanner on the front, but it's expected to arrive later than 2016's other major phones.

The HTC One M9 is nearing its first anniversary.

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HTC's upcoming flagship handset could finally get a 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution, according to an unnamed source close to tech blog VentureBeat.

If true, the unannounced One M10 would be the first HTC phone to get the sharp display, one that the Samsung Galaxy line has had for a year. The handset is also tapped to have a 12-megapixel camera (HTC calls it Ultrapixel) with laser-assisted focus and a fingerprint sensor on the front.

Unfortunately for HTC, the rumored specs only bring it in line with rivals already out there in the market. That's not good news for HTC, whose ailing phone business has slid further behind Apple and Samsung in recent years.

Rumored HTC One M10 specs:

  • Android 6.0 Marshamllow software
  • 5.1-inch 2,560 x 1,440 pixel display
  • 12-Ultrapixel rear camera with laser autofocus
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • Fingerprint scanner on home button

HTC did not respond to a request for comment.

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This is the time of year that phone vendors typically announce major updates, timed to the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) that takes place in late February this year. Unlike competitors like Samsung and LG, HTC isn't expected to launch the One M10 until after the show, likely at a separate event in March.

By that point, its M10 could have a tougher battle against forthcoming phones like the rumored Samsung Galaxy S7 and the expected LG G5.

CNET will be on the ground at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona covering the show.