After weeks of leaks and rumors, the Taiwanese smartphone maker today finally unveiled its 2016 flagship smartphone, the HTC 10.
On the design front, there are no major surprises as leaked renders and live shots of the smartphone had given us a good look at the design days in advance. Like the previous HTC flagship smartphones, the HTC 10 too features an all-metal build with a full-glass front that seamlessly merges to the metal body. Further differentiating the HTC 10 from previous flagship devices are chamfered edges and bold contours. A physical home button sits on the front, embedding the fingerprint scanner.
The HTC 10 comes with a 5.2-inch 1440 x 2560 Quad HD display Super LCD 5 display with curve edge Gorilla Glass protection. Powering the flagship smartphone is the Snapdragon 820 quad-core SoC with four custom Kryo cores. In most other markets, the HTC 10 will be powered by the less powerful Snapdragon 652 chipset instead. Similarly, the US variant gets 4GB of RAM while in some other markets the smartphone will ship with 3GB of RAM. Storage wise, the 10 comes in two options – 32GB and 64GB. A microSD card slot is available, so users can expand it further by up to 2TB quite easily.
The HTC 10 is a massive improvement over its predecessor in the imaging department. At the back, the 10 features a 12MP UltraPixel snapper with an f/1.8 aperture lens and optical image stabilization. With a large pixel size of 1.55 micron, the 10 camera claims to capture brilliantly sharp shots both in daylight as well as low-light scenarios. A Pro Mode is on offer too, allowing advanced shutterbugs to customize various options and even capture photos in RAW format. For selfies, the HTC 10 includes a 5MP unit with the same f/1.8 aperture lens and a 23mm focal length lens with optical image stabilization.
The latest HTC flagship includes a 3000mAh battery inside, with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast-charging support. HTC claims users will be able to achieve 50% charge in just 30 minutes. HTC BoomSound has fortunately been retained, although it now works differently on the 10. The two speakers now feature a separated tweeter and woofer design that should deliver a fantastic audio experience. Speaking of audio, the HTC 10 is certified for Hi-Res audio and a dedicated headphone amp delivers twice the power of a conventional headphone amp. It also upscales from 16-bit to 24-bit audio, giving you audiophile-grade quality. On the software side of things, we’re looking at Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS with the HTC Sense 8.0 UI layer on top.
The HTC 10 will go on sale in the US starting early May and will be available from all four major retailers – Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile for $699. Pre-orders open today, so if the HTC 10 has impressed you, you can head over to your carrier website and place your order today. An unlocked variant of the smartphone will be sold on the HTC website in Glacier Silver and Carbon Gray color options.