HTC 10

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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.

HTC 10

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.

HTC 10The 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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Full Specifications

etwork Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
Launch Announced 2016, April
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)
Multitouch Yes
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
GPU Adreno 530
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
3.5mm jack Yes
– 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)
Radio No
USB v3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Features Sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser HTML5
Java No
– 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)