Mobile World Congress is approaching fast, bringing with it a glut of smartphones for 2016. In years gone by, MWC has been the biggest single launch platform for mobile hardware. 

We've already seen a wide range of leaks appearing on a number of devices. We've seen Samsung Galaxy S7 plans laid bare, we've seen plenty of excitement surrounding the LG G5, with that company already starting to tease us about what's to come and we've seen Sony save a date.

But HTC has been silent. There's been pretty much no word on the next HTC flagship handset, dubbed the M10 or Perfume. Either HTC has got really good at keeping secrets - and let's remember that not even Apple manages to keep devices under wraps these days - or something is afoot.

Droid Life points to a report of a discussion on China Taiwan Forum, suggesting that HTC isn't going to launch the HTC One M10 at MWC 2016. Instead, it's looking at launching later, perhaps in March.

The forum discussions suggest that HTC has sent a number of prototypes back to the drawing board as it's not happy with the design.

Design has been a huge part of HTC's strategy over the past years. In 2015, the HTC One M9 was criticised for being just too similar to the M8 and not progressive enough, while the HTC One A9 was criticised for it's close resemblance to the iPhone 6.

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That may explain why the HTC One M10 still remains something of a mystery, as it might not have made it to manufacturing where a number of these leaks have appeared in the past. 

There is some talk of HTC One M10 specs however: there's mention of an IP rating for proofing, a 23-megapixel camera (almost certainly Sony's new sensor in the Xperia Z5), a front fingerprint sensor, and a 3000mAh battery. That could, equally, just be the normal pre-launch hardware wish list.

Mobile World Congress 2016 is now only a few weeks away, and while we're certain we'll see some huge new phones harking from LG and Samsung, we're less certain about HTC.

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