HTC, once widely considered as the only OEM in the Android ecosystem to rival Apple in terms of build quality, today unveiled its latest flagship handset: the HTC 10. While the design of the handset is an amalgamation of the HTC One A9 and the One M8/M9, it is tough to deny that the fact that the 10 looks like HTC’s best Android smartphone till date.
HTC says that it was obsessed with attention to detail on the 10. The company says that the handset is “greater than the sum of its parts” that combines a “world class camera with gold standard audio.”
At the front of the HTC 10 sits a 5.2-inch Quad HD SLCD5 display. The front-facing BoomSound speakers that had become an design icon for HTC smartphones, is no longer found on the 10. Instead, the BoomSound Hi-Fi speaker has been moved at the bottom edge of the device, with a second speaker that acts as a tweeter hidden inside the earpiece grille at the top. HTC has also gone back to capacitive navigation buttons on the 10, with the physical home button also featuring an integrated fingerprint scanner.
The most impressive aspect of the HTC 10 has to be its camera, which features an f/1.8 aperture optically stabilised lens for both its front and rear shooter. This makes the HTC 10 the first smartphone in the world to feature a selfie camera with OIS. The rear camera of the handset houses a 12MP ‘UltraPixel 2’ sensor with large 1.55um pixels. It is also paired to a second generation LaserAF sensor for faster autofocus times. The ‘UltraSelfie’ camera on the front features a 5MP resolution and a wide-angle lens.
The HTC 10 is also the first smartphone to record stereo 24-bit Hi-Res audio while recording videos in 4K resolution. The handset also features a headphone amp that is able to upscale all 16-bit audio to 24-bit.
Under the hood, the HTC 10 is powered by a Snapdragon 820 chipset, an Adreno 530 GPU, and 4GB RAM. The handset also features a microSD card slot, 32GB of internal storage, a USB Type-C connector, and a 3,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support that allows the handset to be charged to 50% in as little as 30 minutes.
HTC 10 goes on sale from later this month in major markets of the world. The handset will be available in Carbon Grey, Glacier Silver and Topaz Gold colors.