The HTC 10 is here. The “One” branding is gone, but HTC claims that they have perfected this smartphone. It is still made out of metal, and it is just as beautiful as the past iterations of the HTC flagships. Now let’s have a closer look at the all new HTC 10 shall we?
Checkout the announcement video below.
You can say that the HTC 10 is a hybrid between the HTC One M9 and A9 as it has the best of both worlds. It has a home button right in front which acts as the fingerprint scanner too, and 2 capacitive buttons sits on either side for back and multitasking.
The HTC 10 has a 5.2″ screen with QHD resolution (1,440 x 2,560px), it’s a Super LCD 5 with a curved edge Gorilla Glass. It is powered by the Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4GB of RAM. You get a choice of 32GB storage and 64GB, both feature microSD a slot if you need more. The battery powering all of this is a 3,000mAh battery that can be charged up to 50% in 30 minutes thanks to Quick Charge 3.0. The HTC 10 packs a USB Type C port for charging and data transfers.
What’s most important for a lot of users is the camera, and The HTC 10 has a 12MP UltraPixel sensor with large pixels (1.55µm), a bright f/1.8 aperture, OIS and Laser AF. The camera can shoot 12-bit RAW, 4K 2160p videos and Hi-Res audio. For the first time ever, the front-facing 5MP camera (with an aperture of f/1.8) has optical image stabilization too.
What would be disappointing for some users is to see that the front facing speakers are gone, but this time HTC is still keeping the BoomSound name and changing it up a little by giving each speaker its own amp with 70% oversized drivers and Hi-Res audio certification meaning they cover twice the frequency range.
The HTC 10 comes packed with HTC Sense 8 UI running on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Now, what is exciting here is that HTC has decided to ditch some of its own apps and wholeheartedly embrace Google’s alternatives, thus eliminating the clutter. This means you won’t get two calendar apps, three messaging apps, or a couple of galleries. That’s awesome and a welcome change. This is something I think every OEM should do. Just have one of each.
There will also be a low powered “HTC 10 Lifestyle” for some regions like India which has the Snapdragon 652 chipset and only 3GB of RAM and a single 32GB storage option.
According to HTC the premium HTC 10 will cost $700 at launch, and can be bought from HTC. Do you think this is the phone to save HTC and do you think this is the almost perfect smartphone? Share with your friends and let me know!