HTC has finally unveiled the company’s next generation flagship HTC 10. The numerously leaked smartphone has gone for pre-order after official announcement via htc.com. It seems HTC skipped the launch event for HTC 10, just announced a lengthy 12-minute unveiling video to explain the features of its latest smartphone. This is a special device for HTC because, the One M9 has seen a huge downfall, which further raised the questions on the identity of the company in the smartphone market. However, HTC desired to come out from that nightmare with the freshly designed HTC 10. You may be noticed one thing that there is no more “ONE” branding with the new smartphone, which is surprising but HTC officials didn’t disclose the reason behind this move. We have a lot to share with you folks, let’s jump right into the details.
Old formula with new refinements:
The design of the device heavily resembles with the original HTC One M7 from back, which is certainly a positive aspect. HTC has added a thicker Chamfered edges at back for a much more refined look. The front of the device has two capacitive touch buttons with capacitive fingerprint home button between them. It unlocks the device faster than ever, and Marshmallow should work seamlessly with it across the system. The bottom of the device is busy with BoomSound speakers, USB Type-C port and noise cancelling microphone. The unibody construction from a single piece of metal strikes everywhere, which turns out to be a key selling point for HTC 10.
5.2” Super LCD 5 with 2K resolution is here:
HTC 10 seems innovative from every angle. As the Nigel Newby-House (AVP of Product Planning at HTC) said that the HTC engineers started working from scratch, and the development started 18 months ago. The first and significant change happened with the transition from standard Full HD to trending 2K (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution for its brand new 5.2-inch Super LCD 5 panel. The display boasted mind-blowing 564 pixels per inch and covered with Curve Edge Gorilla Glass, which slightly curves at all edges of the device for much easier gesture execution. The display is intended to provide 30% more colors, and 50% improved touch response than One M9, which is purely due to the upgraded panel technology. We are expecting much better performance than the previous HTC devices.
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HTC had never gone with low-end processors for its flagship devices, and HTC 10 is no exception either. Under the hood, it packs Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 820 chipset clocked at 2.2GHz and coupled with 4GB LPDDR4 RAM. The Adreno 530 GPU will boost 40% graphics performance. However, HTC 10 with Snapdragon 820 is not heading to all the regions. The emerging markets like India, Indonesia, and other regions are getting HTC 10 LifeStyle with Snapdragon 652 chipset and 3GB RAM.
It comes in two different storage options – 32GB + 4GB RAM and 64GB + 4GB RAM, no surprises here. There is a microSD slot to expand the memory up to 2TB theoretically. For now, you can practically pop-in 200GB SD card. The device further supports Flex storage and it runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with updated HTC Sense UI.
Best-in-class UltraPixel Camera:
HTC tried to deliver a best-in-class camera with One M7, which came with 4MP UltraPixel sensor but the lack of resolution and initial purple tint problems made it worst camera just after a couple of months. The One M8 was the different story, though. It came with dual camera lens technology. The One M9 was completely failed to impress with traditional 20MP Toshiba shooter. Surprisingly, HTC has brought back the UltraPixel technology, which comes at 12 Mega Pixels resolution to lend much better details. We can say that 2016 is the time for 12MP resolution shooters, every major manufacturer other than LG has gone with 12MP shooters.
Talking about the HTC 10 camera, it sports 12MP UltraPixel 2 shooter with 1.55μm pixels, which has f/1.8 aperture to compensate the light in darker situations. The shooter can capture 80° wide angle photos and videos. There is a second generation Laser Autofocus for quicker focus times and Dual LED flash for better low-light photos. The sensor can shoot 4K videos with Hi-Res audio and Slow motion 720p videos at 120fps. HTC packs new camera software, which comes with Pro mode with manual controls and 12-bit RAW format. Before unveiling device only, HTC 10 managed to outperform other smartphones in camera department with 88 scores on DxO Mark.
The front shooter is impressive too with the 5MP UltraSelfie sensor, which also has wider f/1.8 aperture and measures 1.34μm in size. It comes with 23mm focal length and 86-degree wide angle view for better group selfies. The interesting thing is that the front shooter also sports Optical Image Stabilization, which is first of its kind for smartphones. HTC is confident on its new cameras, and the DxO Mark score looks promising too.
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Best BoomSound yet:
HTC phones are well known for best audio experience. The company has retired from the dual front-facing shooters with its latest device to compensate the Fingerprint sensor, but it managed to pack best-in-class BoomSound speakers inside this beautiful aluminum shell. There are two speakers in total with one placed at just above the display and another one located on the bottom side of the device. The top one is a pretty standard affair, but the bottom speaker acts as a sub-woofer to amplify the bass, vocals, and other sounds. HTC says it is much crisper, louder and fuller. The speakers also complimented with 24-bit Hi-Res audio support for lossless audio output. There are Dolby Audio enhancements alongside the Personal Audio profiles. It is Hi-res audio certified and comes with Hi-Res audio earphones, Hi-Res audio stereo recording and total three microphones with noise cancellation.
The HTC 10 offers top-notch connectivity like 4G LTE Cat.9 with 450 Mbps up and 50 Mbps downlink support, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac with Dual band support, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, DLNA, AirPlay, Miracast, Chromecast. The device packs 3000mAh battery, which can be charged via USB Type-C and also supports Quick Charge 3.0 with Cool Charge. HTC claimed the 50% charge in just 30 minutes. The device measures 145.9 x 71.9 x 9.0 mm and weighs at 161 grams. The HTC 10 comes in Carbon Grey, Glacier Silver, and Topaz Gold colors.
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