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HTC has finally unveiled the company’s next generation flagship smartphone in the form of the HTC 10. The smartphone is now available for pre-order via htc.com in Carbon Grey, Glacier Silver, and Topaz Gold color options. It’s interesting to note one thing here, which is that instead of launching the device on a launch event, this time, HTC did something completely different. The HTC 10 was unveiled globally through a 12-minute long product unveil video, announced on htc.com, which is the company’s official global website. The HTC 10 is no doubt a special device for the company because, HTC’s previous device, the One M9 saw a huge downfall, which further raised the questions on the identity of the company in the smartphone market. As a result of which, the HTC 10 now seems the only for the company to come out of the nightmare.
Talking about the looks, the design of the device heavily resembles with the company’s One M7, which is certainly a positive aspect. But, what makes this smartphone unique are the thicker Chamfered edges at back added to the device to give it a more refined look. At the front of the device, the presence of two capacitive touch buttons with a capacitive fingerprint home button between them allows users to unlock the smartphone faster than ever. Whereas at the bottom, BoomSound speakers, USB Type-C port and noise cancelling microphone adds the required spark to the new HTC 10 smartphone. Keeping all that in mind, the key selling point for the HTC 10 smartphone still remains the unibody construction from a single piece of metal that strikes everywhere.
On the display front, the HTC 10 seems innovative from every angle. As the Nigel Newby-House (AVP of Product Planning at HTC) said that the HTC engineers started working from scratch, and the development started 18 months ago. The first and significant change happened with the transition from standard Full HD to trending 2K (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution for its brand new 5.2-inch Super LCD 5 panel. The display boasted mind-blowing 564 pixels per inch and covered with Curve Edge Gorilla Glass, which slightly curves at all edges of the device for much easier gesture execution. The display is intended to provide 30% more colors, and 50% improved touch response than One M9, which is purely due to the upgraded panel technology. We are expecting much better performance than the previous HTC devices.
Under the hood, it packs Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 820 chipset clocked at 2.2GHz and coupled with 4GB LPDDR4 RAM. The Adreno 530 GPU will boost 40% graphics performance. However, HTC 10 with Snapdragon 820 is not heading to all the regions, markets like India, Indonesia, and other regions are expected to get HTC 10 LifeStyle with Snapdragon 652 chipset and 3GB RAM instead. Apart from that, the HTC 10 comes in two different storage options – 32GB + 4GB RAM and 64GB + 4GB RAM, no surprises here. There is a microSD slot to expand the memory up to 2TB theoretically. For now, you can practically pop-in 200GB SD card. The device further supports Flex storage and it runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with updated HTC Sense UI.
On the camera department, the HTC 10 sports 12MP UltraPixel 2 shooter with 1.55μm pixels, which has f/1.8 aperture to compensate the light in darker situations. The shooter can capture 80° wide angle photos and videos. There is a second generation Laser Autofocus for quicker focus times and Dual LED flash for better low-light photos. The sensor can shoot 4K videos with Hi-Res audio and Slow motion 720p videos at 120fps. HTC packs new camera software, which comes with Pro mode with manual controls and 12-bit RAW format. Before unveiling device only, HTC 10 managed to outperform other smartphones in camera department with 88 scores on DxO Mark. The front shooter is impressive too with the 5MP UltraSelfie sensor, which also has wider f/1.8 aperture and measures 1.34μm in size. It comes with 23mm focal length and 86-degree wide angle view for better group selfies. The interesting thing is that the front shooter also sports Optical Image Stabilization, which is first of its kind for smartphones. HTC is confident on its new cameras, and the DxO Mark score looks promising too.
The HTC 10 also offers other features like the top-notch 4G LTE Cat.9 connectivity with 450 Mbps up and 50 Mbps downlink support, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac with Dual band support, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, DLNA, AirPlay, Miracast, Chromecast. The device packs 3000mAh battery, which can be charged via USB Type-C and also supports Quick Charge 3.0 with Cool Charge. HTC claimed the 50% charge in just 30 minutes. The device measures 145.9 x 71.9 x 9.0 mm and weighs at 161 grams. Source
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