After rumors and speculations, the highly anticipated smartphone device from both fans and enthusiasts is finally here as HTC officially announced the arrival of the new HTC 10. The new naming convention is a step forward for HTC’s traditional One series as the company’s flagship bearer. Reminiscent with One M9 and the One X9, its roots remains significant with features from the company’s highly successful devices.
As the new flagship smartphone device from HTC, the HTC 10 or simply the “10” is believed to be the Jesus phone from once great mobile company.The One series who was thought to save the company from the steady downfall didn’t do as expected, the HTC 10 however is not just about the premium side of things, its features are from one of the best technologies that HTC brought out in recent years.
To start with, the new HTC 10 is equipped with high-end and performance features that you would expect on a flagship device, these features are a necessity given that the smartphone is the company’s bet to compete with the top dogs. As it is with any other high-end models of today, the HTC 10 is powered by no other that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 Chipset with 64-bit quad-core processors of up to 2.2 GHz. It comes with 4 GB of RAM and will be available with either 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage plus a microSD slot that accepts up to 2 TB of microSD cards that is if there’s one available.
The handset is built in premium quality chassis with a full metal frame. The front features a 5.2-inch super LCD 5 display with Quad HD 2560 x 1440 resolutions and a 541 ppi pixel density. To protect the display from scratches, HTC laminated the “10” with a curved Corning Gorilla Glass layer for protection. It comes with a soft touch keys right down the bottom of the display similar to the back and app switcher key from the One X9 plus the noticeably prominent home button/fingerprint scanner. On the Back, there’s the simplistic design with minimalistic approach with the only noticeable elements are the antenna lines and the camera module.
The top of the handset has nothing else but the 3.5 mm audio port which sit cleanly at the center, moving on to the sides, specifically on the left side of the handset is where the SIM tray, volume rocker and power/sleep button is located. Downwards at the bottom you’ll find a populous region of the handset, the speaker grills which houses the BoomSound speaker (we’ll have a few words about it in a bit), the USB Type-C port and the microphone.
So far everything else seems to be in place and to get done with the basics, we’ll end this portion with the remaining basic features of the handset. For connectivity, the HTC 10 supports 4G/LTE in addition to 3G/UMTS/HSPA+ and the classic 2G/GSM support. Other connectivity features includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS with GLONASS and Beidou support.
Running on the new HTC 10 is Android 6 (Marshmallow) with the proprietary HTC Sense UI on top and is equipped with a large 3000 mAh battery on board with support for extreme power saving modes and Quick Charge 3.0 support which gives the handset of up to 50% battery life for just 30 minutes of charging.
Now that we have the basics, let’s move on with the key features of the new HTC 10. These features are either new or an existing technologies that HTC has improved over the years of implementation which gives us a feature-rich handset with multimedia support in an overall premium construction.
The new HTC 10 brings back the glory of UltraPixels with the new 12 Megapixel second generation UltraPixel camera with a larger f/1.8 aperture and 1.55m pixels which should and expected to work great in low light situations together with its built-in dual-tone LED flash. It also feature a laser auto focus, Backside Illumination (BSI) and for the first time, HTC is including an Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) on a flagship device. It takes 4K videos with Hi-Res audio but also able to record slow motion sequences at 120 fps in HD 720p.
Though not really a focus on most devices but the HTC 10’s front camera is given a useful and welcome feature of its own as apart from the main camera, the handset’s 5 Megapixel front camera is also equipped with BSI and OIS of its own and a large f/1.8 aperture with 1.34m pixels. Selfies becomes more creative and easy with the new HTC 10 as it got a number of Selfie specific features with support for gestures, timed shots and voice Selfies.
When HTC teased the HTC 10, people complained the absence of dual-firing stereo speakers which dominated both flagship and mid-range HTC devices in recent years. Many fans and enthusiast speculated that HTC might be shifting intro the traditional practice of building smartphones with standard speakers even though the company teased the feature in a number of instances. Though not everybody are well familiar with HTC handsets, but the BoomSound feature is a collaboration of high-quality speakers, audio chips and the underlying software to support the hardware capabilities of the device in which HTC has once again reiterates that the exceptional audio feature is here to stay with the new HTC 10 and is even more refined than ever.
Though the missing dual speaker grills can nowhere to be found on the new handset, HTC is still able to implement stereo audio quality on the 10 with two-way speaker system with a woofer that handles low frequencies and a tweeter for high frequencies with both speakers having their own amp and features Dolby Audio. Audio feature on the new HTC 10 is obviously given an uplift obviously and that’s extended further with a high-end stereo earphones included in the box with 70%oversized driversfor richer sound across twice the frequency range.
Sense UI 8 with extensive personalization
The Sense UI on HTC devices has been with a lot of revisions with each version release and mostly keeping up with the trend and offer a viable alternative from Google’s flat and more simplistic user interface. However with version 8, the Sense UI 8 is delivered with a refresh based on the latest Android 6 Marshmallow and incorporating every features that Android operating system has to offer on users. HTC on its part also took a step to offer users a great user interface and improved usability. If before you’ll see HTC’s own apps sitting together with Google’s alternative apps with the same functions, now what you’ll see with the new Sense UI 8 is a single app that does what it does in which HTC favors Google native app against its own apps in the past.
The new user interface also sport a new Lifestyle layout which allow users to fully customized the whole interface according to their desires. Apps can be launched by tapping on stickers and fully customized the app grid and move around apps and widgets the way users want them arranged. The new Sense UI 8 is all about customization and it’s the first step that you’ll gonna take as soon as you fire up the new HTC 10 to make it truly yours.
Price + Availability
The new HTC 10 should be available in the US by early may and will be offered on contract through Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint. Unlocked international variants can be pre-ordered starting today at htc.com. The handset will cost around $699 in the US and will be available in Glacier Silver, Carbon Gray and Topaz Gold.