HTC finally launched the latest flagship, HTC 10. In the media fixation over the Facebook F8 developer conference, I forgot all about the launch of the HTC 10. I guess, the latest news on how Facebook intended to completely dominate the tech world was more compelling.
In the lead up to the launch of the HTC 10, we previewed the event and how it was going to be an online affair to start at 1pm local time. The first rumor that turned out to be true was the removal of ‘One‘ and ‘M‘ from the HTC flagship name. It is now just HTC 10. A quick look at the specifications show that the speculators got most of the specs correctly.
In terms of the chipset, the HTC 10 sports a Snapdragon 820 processor supporting a 4G RAM . No surprise there, as is the internal storage of 32GB which can be expanded with a microSD slot. According to HTC, the smartphone has being fully optimized so that the 3000mAh battery can last a up to 48 hours on normal usage on a single charge. And there is the Quick Charge 3.0 through the USB Type-C port for fast charging and data transfer.
If you are an HTC fan, one look at the HTC 10 is a dead giveaway that it is an HTC phone. Blending the designs of the M9 and A9, the HTC 10 is an aluminum encased smartphone with a 5.2 inch capacitive touchscreen and QHD Super LCD 5 display. HTC explained that the display is 30% better in terms of vivid display of colors than the M9. Like most top-notch flagships, the curved screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.
The HTC 10 rear camera is a 12MP affair and a lens focus rated at f/1.8 that is optically stabilized to capture quality images even in low light situations. The camera can also capture 4K video and very high quality resolution audio. The front camera is 5MP. It is also optimally stabilized with an f/1.8 lens. And for the first time, a front facing camera spots a wide-angle lens. That should make for awesome selfies.
HTC put a lot of effort to make the audio of the HTC 10 the best in the world. According to HTC, the sound output through the headphones has two times as much amp as the best smartphones. The audio output can be ramped up to 24-bit quality. And the sound has a feature that can customize sound especially for your ears. Another first for an Android smartphone is the inclusion of wireless-supported Air-play certified speakers right out of the box.
With all these features, HTC felt the HTC 10 is good enough to be sold at about $670, putting it squarely in direct competition with the best of the best in the Android smartphone niche. Would the public agree with HTC that their new flagship is worth that much money? The coming months will give us a fair idea about that.
Before then though, the coming days would feature several unboxing and hands-on reviews from those who are able to lay hands on the phone. These too would give us a fair idea if the phone is worth the price tag. Stay tuned for that and comparisons with other high-end smartphones.
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|etwork||Technology||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE|
|Status||Coming soon. Exp. release 2016, May|
|Body||Dimensions||145.9 x 71.9 x 9 mm (5.74 x 2.83 x 0.35 in)|
|Weight||161 g (5.68 oz)|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Display||Type||Super LCD5 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.2 inches (~71.1% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1440 x 2560 pixels (~565 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|– HTC Sense UI|
|Platform||OS||Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820|
|CPU||Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo|
|Memory||Card slot||microSD, up to 200 GB (dedicated slot)|
|Internal||32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM|
|Camera||Primary||12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, OIS, laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Features||1/2.3” sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.|
|Secondary||5 MP, f/1.8, 23mm, OIS, autofocus, 1.34 µm pixel size, 1080p, HDR|
|Sound||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, dual speakers|
|– Hi-Res audio|
|Comms||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.2, A2DP, apt-X|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS/ BDS (region dependent)|
|USB||v3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Features||Sensors||Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email|
|– Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min (Quick Charge 3.0)
– Google Drive (100 GB cloud storage)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– XviD/MP4/H.264/WMV player
– MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/FLAC player
– Document editor
– Photo/video editor
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 456 h (3G)|
|Talk time||Up to 27 h (3G)|