After several rumors and leaks, HTC has officially unveiled their latest flagship handset: the HTC 10. A smartphone which according to HTC, had been working on behind closed doors for the last 12 months. While other smartphone manufacturers revealed their products during the MWC 2016, HTC had something else in mind, to unveil the device at a later date, that been today. “This newest addition to the HTC phone family combines a world–class camera with gold–standard audio, bold new metal unibody design and unparalleled performance.”
The HTC 10 features a a 5.2 “QHD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset and a whooping 4GB of RAM. We’ve always known HTC to have impressive smartphone camera’s, HTC has equipped the HTC 10 with a 12MP UltraPixel camera which features an optical image stabilization and a wide aperture of f/1.8. The camera could also capture video at 4k, that’s 4 times the resolution of HD and stereo 24-bit Hi-Res audio recording, with this you should be rest assured that videos captured on the HTC 10 would have better audio quality compared to other handsets. All this is powered by a 3,000mAh battery and a charger that can charge the smartphone for up to 50% in 30 minutes. This process doesn’t produce heat since the charger can apparently take off the heat out from the phone. Although the HTC 10 design is more impressive than its predecessors, it looks similar to both the M9 and A9, more like a blend of the two. HTC 10 is constructed using aluminum and has a fingerprint scanner right below the display with two capacitive buttons for back and recent apps.
The HTC 10 packs some outstanding features also not found on other Android smartphones, one of these is support for Apple AirPlay, which makes the device the first Android smartphone to have support for AirPlay straight out of the box. AirPlay enables the HTC 10 to play audio wirelessly via devices and speakers that support streaming via Apple AirPlay and even streaming directly to the new Apple TV, regarding the decision to support AirPlay, HTC’s vice president Darren Sng said “We are platform agnostic”.
Here are the HTC 10 specifications;
|Release date||April, 2016|
|Dimension||145.9 x 71.9 x 9 mm (5.74 x 2.83 x 0.35 in)|
|Weight||161 g (5.68 oz)|
|Connectivity||GSM, CDMA, HSPA, LTE, Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by), Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, apt-X|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Battery||Embedded rechargeable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery|
|Screen size||5.2 inches (~71.1% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Display tech||1440 x 2560 pixels (~565 ppi pixel density), Super LCD5 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|Rear camera||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.|
|Front camera||5 MP, f/1.8, 23mm, OIS, autofocus, 1.34 µm pixel size, 1080p, HDR|
|Storage||32/64 GB (microSD, up to 200 GB)|
|RAM||4 GB RAM|
|OS||Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), HTC Sense UI|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820|
|CPU||Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo|
|Sensors||Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
HTC 10 will be available for pre-order starting today with prices beginning at $699 for the 32GB model, shipping is expected to start early May. It will be available in two colors, black and silver – in the US, global markets will see a gold option and Japan will get red color.
HTC Corporation (High Tech Computer), was founded by Cher Wang and Peter Chou in 1997. Initially a manufacturer of notebook computers, HTC began designing some of the world’s first touch and wireless hand-held devices in 1998. The company is credited with creating the first Android smartphone, the first Microsoft-powered smartphone (2002) and the first Microsoft 3G phone (2005). Their first major product, one of the world’s first touch-screen smartphones, appeared in 2000. As an ODM for HP and Palm, HTC built the HP iPAQ and the Palm Treo 650. As of 2011, HTC primarily releases and markets its smartphones under the HTC brand, ranking as the 98th top brand on Interbrand’s Best Global Brands 2011 report. The company is headquartered in New Taipei City, Taiwan.
- Brilliant OS
- HTC says 2 days battery
- Great hardware
- high resolution audio system
- Cool design, but not ground-breaking
- Few "new" technologies