HTC’s latest flagship phone features a brand new design with chamfered edges, a new 12 MP “UltraPixel” camera with laser auto-focus, and a 5.2 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display.
The HTC 10 has an aluminum unibody case, a home button with an integrated fingerprint scanner below the screen, and HTC BoomSound speakers at the top and bottom of the phone and support for 24-bit audio (but you won’t see the big speaker grilles above and below the screen that were a hallmark of HTC One phones).
The HTC 10 is available for pre-order for $700 and it’s currently available for AT&T and T-Mobile.
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Other features include a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 32GB and 64GB storage options, a 3,000 mAh battery, and Android 6.0 with HTC Sense.
The US version of the phone will use a Snapdragon 820 chip and 4GB of RAM, while HTC will offer an HTC 10 Lifestyle model in some markets with a Snapdragon 652 chip and 3GB of RAM. But both versions have the same design, display, camera, and audio features. And HTC says both will have “similar” battery life and software.
The latest version of HTC Sense has been pared down a bit. While HTC still customizes the look and feel of Android a bit, and loads some of its own apps as replacements for stock Android software, there are fewer of those apps on the HTC 10 than on previous phones. The phone uses Google’s Calendar, Music, and Gallery apps rather than HTC’s. But you still get the feature-packed HTC Camera app.
Folks who prefer HTC’s versions of those apps can still download them from the Google Play Store.
HTC outfitted both the front and rear cameras with optical image stabilization. The front camera, by the way, has a 5MP image sensor with support for auto-HDR, voice selfie mode, 1080p video capture, and optical image stabilization.
You can shoot 4K video and record 24-bit audio using the rear camera.
The phone supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 for getting a 50% charge in about 30 minutes.
The HTC 10 has a USB 3.1 Type C connector, supports NFC, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, and 4G LTE.
The phone measures 5.7″ x 2.8″ x 0.35″ and weighs 5.6 ounces.
HTC says the phone comes with 12 months of “Uh Oh” protection. That means if you damage your device, HTC will replace it for free. Unlike many smartphone warranties, Uh Oh covers water damage.
The company will also let you unlock the bootloader through the HTC Dev website without voiding the warranty.