The HTC 10 is officially here, and while it may not use the “One” name like past HTC flagships, make no mistake that this is a flagship-tier phone.
The HTC 10 boasts a metal body with chamfered edges and a full glass front, which includes a 5.2-inch 2560×1440 Super LCD 5 display with curved edges. Above that display is a 5-megapixel camera with an f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization, and shooting modes like Auto HDR, Auto Selfie, and more. Below that display are Back and Recent Apps capacitive keys as well as a Home button that doubles as a fingerprint reader.
By now, you’re probably wondering where the front-facing speakers are, as the One M7, M8, and M9 all boasts dual speakers on their faces. The HTC 10 offers a different BoomSound configuration with a tweeter in its earpiece and a woofer at the bottom of the phone, but HTC touts that the 10 is still a high-quality audio machine, boasting certified Hi-Res audio and a dedicated amplifier for each speaker. The HTC 10 can also upscale audio to 24-bit quality, offers a Personal Audio Profile that can tune sound frequencies to your ears, and it includes Hi-Res audio-certified earbuds in the box.
Another big feature of the HTC 10 is its camera. After HTC skipped UltraPixel on the One M9’s camera, the tech has returned on the HTC 10’s camera, with the unit packing a 12-megapixel UltraPixel rear shooter. The rear camera offers a f/1.8 aperture, OIS, dual-tone LED flash, and laser autofocus, and HTC touts that the 10’s camera has received a score of 88 from camera-testing firm DxOMark, which is one of the highest scores that a smartphone has score yet. The HTC 10’s rear camera is also capable of recording 4K video, capturing panoramas, and it offers a Pro mode with manual controls and RAW support.
Diving into the HTC 10’s metal body, you’ll find a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of storage, and a microSD slot for adding up to 2TB of additional storage. There’s a 3000mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 — which HTC touts can charge the 10 up to 50 percent in 30 minutes — using a USB Type-C port, and the HTC 10 also supports features like NFC, DNLA, Miracast, Google Cast, HTC Connect, and even Apple’s AirPlay tech.
The HTC 10’s cellular connectivity includes support for LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 20, 28, 29, and 30 as well as UMTS 850/AWS/900/2100MHz.
On the software side, the HTC 10 offers Android 6.0 Marshmallow running with HTC’s Sense user interface. HTC says that it has reduced the number of duplicate and bloatware apps on the HTC 10 to create a more streamlined experience, but HTC has included a few of its own special touches with Sense. That includes Freestyle Layout, a new feature that has no on-screen grid when you’re laying out apps and widgets. That means that you can place app icons, widgets, and stickers — which are basically like links to apps — wherever you want.
In the US, the HTC 10 will be sold by T-Mobile as well as Sprint and Verizon. T-Mobile has confirmed that it’ll launch the HTC 10 in May, but pricing details haven’t yet been revealed.
If you’d prefer a carrier-free experience, you have the option of buying an unlocked HTC 10 directly from HTC. The unlocked unit works on AT&T and T-Mobile in the US and is available for pre-order starting today, April 12, at a price of $699. It’ll ship in early May with Uh-Oh Protection, which will get you a free replacement unit if you crack your screen within your first 12 months of ownership, as well as a warranty that covers bootloader unlocking.