This is the HTC 10: Specs and features

HTC today launched the 10, its latest flagship phone offering the best of specifications and features comparable to the best in the industry.

HTC 10 is the first phone to be launched by the Taiwanese phone maker this year after it launched the slim One A9 late last year. Rather than falling for the charms of phablet-sized displays, HTC has retained a modest 5.2-inch display and has tweaked the interiors to make the 10 a much more capable phone than the One M9 ever was.

Display

The 5.2-inch display packs a Quad HD resolution with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, a feat bettered only by the 4K display in Sony's Xperia Z5 Premium phablet. The display features a density of 564 ppi and like rumours predicted, is a Super LCD 5 one sheathed by a strong Gorilla Glass screen with slightly curved edges.

Spec comparison: HTC 10 vs LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Apple iPhone 6S vs Sony Xperia Z5

The Super LCD panel in HTC 10 removes the air gap between the display element and the outer glass, making the display look as bright as a Super AMOLED one. Super LCD 5 also consumes a lot less power than standard LCD ones, apart from offering better viewing angles and faster refresh rate.

Looks and dimensions

HTC 10 features an all-metal body with chamfered edges that reflect the light to give the phone an impression of being among the shiniest handsets around. Weighing at 161g, the metal body houses a USB Type-C port, a long power button, volume buttons, a 3.5mm audio jack and a fingerprint sensor.

Not among the tallest, HTC 10 is 145.9mm tall and measures 9mm in thickness. Even though some flagship phones are just 7-8mm thick, the 9mm girth, along with curved edges, may offer a more comfortable feel under constant usage.

HANDS ON REVIEW: HTC 10

Processor and RAM

HTC 10 features the latest and the most powerful Snapdragon 820 processor and an Adreno 530 GPU to offer seamless performance along with a 4GB DDR4 RAM. While Adreno 530 GPU offers 40 per cent improvement to graphics, computing and power usage compared to the Adreno 430 GPU in the One M9, the 4GB RAM also enables better multi-tasking capability along with lower power usage.

HTC 10 scored a remarkable 109,936 on AnTuTu benchmark testing compared to 103,692 scored by Galaxy S7, 81,087 scored by Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge and 79,965 scored by HTC's very own One M9.

Storage

HTC 10 comes with 32GB and 64GB storage options but if you need more, the phone features a microSD slot which can accommodate up to 2TB of additional storage.

Cameras

HTC 10 features a 12MP UltraPixel rear camera with larger 1.55um pixels and an f/1.8 aperture. The camera also packs sensors like OIS, BSI and auto-focus apart from featuring a Dual Tone LED Flash and Auto-HDR, Panorama and Pro mode capabilities.

With the primary camera, you will also be able to shoot 4K videos as well as slow-mo ones at 720p resolution.

The front camera features a 5MP lens with an f/1.8 aperture, auto-focus, BSI, OIS and Full HD video recording capabilities. It also packs features like Auto-HDR, Auto Selfie, Voice Selfie and Live Make-Up.

Hi-res Audio

HTC 10 brings in the world's first stereo 24-bit Hi-Res audio recording which captures twice the frequency range of standard recordings and is 256 times more detailed than the latter.

The technology will also let you upscale from 16-bit to 24-bit audio as well convert high performance digital to analogue. The headphone amp also delivers twice the quality of a standard headphone amp and distortion in audio quality is ten times lesser than in other audio devices. There's also a Personal Audio Profile system which will let you adjust sound frequencies of each audio file automatically as per your tastes and preferences.

HTC 10 also packs latest BoomSound Hi-Fi edition speakers with separate tweeter and woofer designs as well as high-quality earphones with 8µm thin aerospace polymer diaphragm and 70% oversized drivers.

Battery

HTC 10 comes with a 3,000 mAh battery which offers the same power as Samsung's Galaxy S7 and slightly more than LG G5. Thanks to low-power consuming display, processor, GPU and RAM, the battery should support an all-day usage including multi-tasking and running 4G internet.

As per HTC, the 10 will support up to 27 hours of talk time on 3G/4G and up to 19 days of standby time.

HTC 10 also incorporates QuickCharge 3.0 technology which offers a much faster charging solution than other technologies. Thanks to this technology, HTC 10 will charge up to 50 per cent in under 30 minutes. The new USB Type-C port will also enable quicker charging along with data transfers.

Other features

HTC 10 will also offer a single nano-SIM slot, the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, the latest 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.2 support along with sensors like Ambient light, proximity, compass, gyroscope, fingerprint and activity tracking sensors.

Availability and pricing of HTC 10

The HTC 10 goes on pre-order from April 13 from HTC's website and among network operators, EE and Three have already announced that they will range the device. Additionally, Carphone Warehouse will also have it for consumers to pre-order. 

HTC 10 has gone on sale in the US priced at $700, we will bring you the UK price as soon as we have it.

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