The HTC 10 is finally official, following months worth of speculation and rumors surrounding the One M9 successor. HTC unveiled its challenger to the Galaxy S7, LG G5 and Huawei P9 with its premium design and market-leading camera set up, and HTC is no doubt hoping that the handset will boost its fledgling position in the smartphone market.
HTC 10 Design
The HTC 10’s look is not an offensive design, but at this point, it’s a bit generic and not very compelling. The most radical design element on the phone is the large beveled edge on the back, which says everything you need to know about how unexciting the 10’s design is.
HTC 10 has a tweeter in its earpiece and a woofer placed at the bottom edge of the phone, each with its own amplifier. The audio output of the 10 is loud and sounds good.
The HTC 10 also has great audio output from its (annoyingly-positioned-on-the-top-of-the-phone) headphone jack, and it can drive some seriously high-end headphones with ease.
HTC has also built a tuning app that lets you customize the phone’s output to your ears and specific headphones, making up for deficiencies you might have in your own hearing.
HTC 10 Hardware And Specs
Hardware design has always been a strong point for HTC, and the company seems to have returned to form with this latest model, which has more in common with the look of its HTC One and HTC One M8 models, rather than the iPhone-like touches of its immediate predecessor, the M9.
The metal-bodied phone comes only in silver and dark gray – not the rose gold or gold options of its competitors – but its attractive curved back and slanting edges give it a pretty unique profile.
The fingerprint sensor is a key addition to the spec sheet and works extremely quick, according to HTC – just 0.2 seconds. It also works with AppsLock so you can do things like lock sensitive info.
HTC 10 sets a new gold standard in sound quality with its brand new BoomSound Hi-Fi edition speakers, Personal Audio Profile and Hi-Res audio earphones. All of which works beautifully with HTC 10’s certified 24-bit Hi-Res audio. Music has never sounded this good on a smartphone.
The new HTC 10 has a 5.2in Super LCD screen. The firm has finally bumped the resolution to Quad HD (1440×2560), too which we’re pleased about so the HTC 10 has a pixel density of 564ppi. It comes with Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM ensure snappy performance, and it has 32GB of internal storage and can be expandable up to 2TB.
Thanks to a USB-C port and a super-fast charger, an impressively efficient Snapdragon 820 processor, and a big 3,000mAh battery, the 10 lasts a day and a half no matter how hard I use it and promises talk time of 27 hours on 3G or 4G network.
All told, you’re on the charger for 90 minutes every other day. Until someone figures out how to make batteries dramatically better, that’s probably the best you can hope for.
HTC 10 Performance
The HTC 10 spec sheet is right up there with the rest of the 2016 flagships. There’s a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, and decently fast storage. As a result, the HTC 10 does about as well as everything else released this year.
The Snapdragon 820 dumps the ARM Cortex CPU architecture that was present in the Snapdragon 810 and switches to Qualcomm’s new 64-bit Kryo cores.
The 820 has a four-core architecture with two 2.1GHz Kryo cores for heavy lifting and two 1.6GHz cores for idle and background tasks. Since it’s only four cores, it’s not going to dominate multi-core benchmarks compared to the eight-core Snapdragon 810—there’s a big boost in single core performance, but there are also fewer cores.
If there are still any loyal HTC customers out there, a move from last year’s HTC One M9 to the HTC 10 will be a bigger upgrade than most.
The One M9 was one of the first devices to be saddled with the Snapdragon 810, and not all Snapdragon 810 phones were created equal. As one of the first 810 devices, HTC seemed to be one of the least prepared to deal with how hot the chip was.
Subsequent 2015 phone designs had more time to plan around the 810’s heat issues (and Qualcomm produced revisions of the chip that behaved better as time went on), and as a result later phones had less extreme throttling issues.
HTC also has a “Boost+” app, basically a CCleaner-style utility for your phone. The “Boost” button clears apps from memory, while the “Clear Junk” button will remove app cache and temporary files.
There’s also a “Game battery booster,” which will reduce the resolution to 1080p “when playing selected games.” It’s hard to see this as anything other than a tacit admission that a 1440p 570 PPI display is overkill in many cases.
You’d expect a drop in image quality to come from blowing up a 1080p image to fit a 1440p display, but somehow it works and there isn’t a huge quality loss or letterboxing. This app has a strange placebo vibe to it, but for some reason HTC felt it was necessary.
HTC 10 Camera
HTC 10 boasts a 12-megapixel rear camera. HTC claimed that the 12MP 1.55um UltraPixel camera, which features the “world’s first optically stabilised, larger aperture f/1.8 lens”, is the best quality on the market with a DxOMark score of 88.
HTC also boasts that its camera does well in low light and can shoot 4K video. It includes image-stabilizing software on both the rear- and front-facing cameras, for better traditional photos and better selfies.
There’s a 5MP optically-stabilised f/1.8 camera on the front of the HTC 10 with an iPhone-style ‘screen flash’ for illuminating your duck-face when taking selfies. It can take sharp selfies and video in low light, which, for a lot of people, is probably more important than the back camera’s capabilities.
Here is a picture from HTC 10:
HTC 10 Software
The HTC 10 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow topped with HTC’s Sense UI. The HTC 10 will ship with Android Marshmallow, Google’s latest operating system, and has taken pains to cut down on app bloat by preinstalling fewer apps.
The layout is designed to be more customizable, meaning that users can choose their own icons and place them where they wish.
Rather than the traditional grid, HTC said in a news release, “instead you can get creative by dragging icons, stickers and widgets anywhere you like. Layer them, group them, link stickers to apps or get rid of screen icons altogether, the choice is yours.”
HTC 10 Price
HTC has started taking pre-orders for the smartphone. The HTC 10 has a recommended price of $699 (roughly Rs. 46,500); pricing plans at carriers may vary.
|Country||Price / Cost|
|HTC M10 Price in United States(US)||$699 USD|
|HTC M10 Price in Europe||612 Euro|
|HTC M10 Price in Australia||910 AUD|
|HTC M10 Price in United Kingdom (UK)||488 Pound|
|HTC M10 Price in Canada||900 CAD|
|HTC One M10 Price in India||46400 INR|
|HTC M10 Price in Philippins||32180 Peso|
|HTC M10 Price Pakistan||73131 PKR|
|HTC M10 Price in Japan||75849 YEN|
|HTC M10 Price in China||4518 Yuan|
|HTC M10 Price in Hong Kong||5420 HKD|
|HTC M10 Price in Russia||46398 Ruble|
|HTC M10 Price in South Africa||10250 RAND|
|HTC M10 Price in Dubai||2554 DIRHAM|
|HTC M10 Price in Indonesia||9158647 Rupiah|
According to reports Snapdragon 625 + 3GB RAM variant will cost you around 3799 Yuan ($580 USD), 3GB RAM + Snapdragon 820 variant around 4999 Yuan ($768 USD) and 4GB RAM + Snapdragon 820 variant will be come at 5888 Yuan ($900 USD).
HTC 10 Release Date
HTC has confirmed its new flagship phone will be available worldwide from May, although we’re still waiting on an exact date.
HTC ONE M10 / HTC 10: Full Specifications
|Model||HTC One M10 / HTC 10|
|Display||5.2 inch SUPER LCD 5|
1440 X 2560 (QHD Resolution)
|Dimensions||145.9 x 71.9 x 3.0 – 9.0 mm, 161 Grams|
|Protection||Curve edge Gorilla Glass,|
IP68 Water & dust Resistance
|OS||Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow|
|UI||HTC Sense 8|
|Processor||2.2 GHz Snapdragon 820|
|Storage||32 GB and 64 GB|
|Micro SD support||Yes (up to 2 TB)|
|Camera||12 MP f/1.8 (Ultra pixel)|
5 MP with OIS
|Features||HDR, Panorama, Dual LED, Laser Autofocus|
face & smile detection, Geo-tagging, OIS
|Sound||HTC BoomSound™ Hi-Fi Edition, Dolby Audio™, Personal Audio Profile, Hi-Res audio certified, Hi-Res audio earphones, Three microphones with noise cancellation, Hi-Res audio stereo recording|
|Networking||GSM / LTE / HSPA, NFC, A-GPS, DLNA, GLONASS|