Earlier this week we had a look at the HTC 10 at the Taiwanese brand’s Middle East and Africa office here in Dubai. We were given a run-through of its features and specifications and had a fair amount of hands-on time with the new device. It is to be launched at 4PM (UAE time) today, through similar events in all major cities around the world.
After months of speculation, HTC has dropped its semi-iconic M badge on the latest flagship, which is simply called the 10. Here’s everything you need to know about the phone.
The HTC 10 launches today in the UAE. Prices and availability will be available shortly
HTC 10: Design
From a design standpoint, HTC aims to offer a clean Android experience. The front of the smartphone is quite basic and plain, and doesn’t feature an HTC logo. Its display is made from a single sheet of 2.5-dimensional glass.
To maximise the device’s real estate on the front of the phone, HTC has opted for capacitive buttons that light up when you require them.
The phone measures in at 3mm thin and has reportedly undergone more than 10,000 hours of durability testing.
The 10 comes in topaz gold, carbon grey and glacier silver.
HTC 10: Software and UI
One of the major problems HTC has faced in the past on the user interface front was Android fragmentation, where several devices running the Google-built OS from different manufacturers look different.
To remedy this, the HTC have worked quite closely with Google in order to reboot the Android user experience. This helped it avoid the duplication of apps on the HTC 10.
For example, once you click a picture, HTC’s camera would ideally open up the image in the usual HTC gallery – in the case of the HTC 10, it would open natively in Google Photos. HTC’s native applications such as mail, messages, contacts and phone has been unified with a look and feel similar to Google’s own applications.
HTC 10: Display
The device features a faster and more responsive touchscreen. It uses a new generation 5.2-inch LCD display with cinema-standard colour tuning and 2K resolution at 564 PPI. The device also features the fastest touch responsiveness of any flagship Android smartphone in the market, measuring close to the Apple iPhone 6S.
HTC 10: Battery
The HTC 10 reportedly offers up to two days of battery life and Quick Charge 3.0, which gives you a 50 per cent charge in 30 minutes. The device also features Boost Plus, a native HTC app that monitors and cleans up running resources and manages memory, storage, etc.
HTC 10: Camera
HTC cameras in a past have had their problems. The brand had always, in some way or the other, messed up on this front. In the HTC 10, they set out to create a world-class camera. And, finally, they may just have done so…
The HTC 10 features a new UltraPixel 2 Camera with 12 million UltraPixels, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and a super-bright F/1.9 aperture lens. This helps the HTC 10 perform better than all of HTC’s previous models. The camera also lets in 136 per cent more light than the M9.
The camera launches in 0.6 seconds and features three-times faster focus than the HTC M9 with second-generation laser autofocus that is two times wider and further.
The cameras also offer advanced manual controls that allow you to shoot in either JPG or RAW formats.
The HTC 10 has also been professionally graded by DxOMark with a DxOMark Mobile Score of 88, which, as of right now, is ranked number-one alongside the Samsung Galaxy S7.
The HTC 10 features the world’s first front camera with OIS. The 5MP UltraSelfie camera features an 86-degree ultra-wide angle lens with autofocus and a screen flash.
HTC 10: Audio
HTC has broken the mould with BoomSound. Unfortunately, the HTC 10 doesn’t feature the front-facing speakers we have all come to know and love.
HTC has’t replaced BoomSound in the HTC 10, only repositioned it similar to a traditional speaker. Follow me on this, a traditional speaker has a woofer at the bottom for power and a tweeter on the top for crisper sounds.
The HTC 10 features a similar setup with dual speakers and a dedicated amplifier for each speaker.
The device also supports High-Res audio and is capable of upscaling 16-bit audio to 24-bit.
This is also the world’s first smartphone to record in 4K video with 24-bit Hi-Res audio (24-bit 96khz) as well. While recording, the device’s mics pick up twice the frequency range and records twice as loud as other devices, and the best part is – it records in stereo. The HTC 10 also offers High-Res audio earphones out of the box, which is nice.
That’s it for now, but stay tuned for an in-depth review soon.