New HTC 10 Flagship Smartphone

HTC is today formally announcing the 10, its flagship smartphone for 2016. The HTC 10 follows last year's M9 and blends the design of the M series with the A9 that came last fall. HTC says it spent 12 months designing this phone and integrated feedback from its customers throughout the development process.


The 10 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM that we've seen in a handful of high-end Android phones already this year, and there is 32GB of internal storage plus a MicroSD slot for expansion. HTC says it has optimized the 10's software and hardware for faster touch response and the new phone is 50 percent more responsive than its predecessor. The 10's battery measures 3,000mAh, which HTC says is good for up to two days of life thanks to software and hardware optimizations, and supports Quick Charge 3.0 through the phone’s USB Type-C port.


THE 10'S DESIGN IS EVOLUTIONARY, NOT GROUND-BREAKING

HTC has long had trouble with poor camera performance in its flagship phones, and this year it promises those issues have been addressed. The 10's rear camera has a 12-megapixel sensor behind an optically stabilized f/1.8 lens that should take better photos in low light compared to HTC's earlier efforts. It's accompanied by a dual-LED flash and second-generation laser autofocus system. The camera can also capture 4K video with 24-bit high resolution audio.

The 10's front camera has also been upgraded to a 5-megapixel sensor with optically stabilized, f/1.8 wideangle lens (a first for front-facing cameras, according to HTC), that should make for better selfies in low light.


One of the entirely new features for the 10 is its high resolution audio system, with a headphone amp that can output twice as much power as other smartphones. The 10 can upscale audio to 24-bit quality, and HTC has built a customizable audio profile feature that tunes the sound specifically for your ears. In the box with the phone are Hi-Res-certified earphones and HTC has partnered with JBL to produce a noise-cancelling set of headphones that are powered by the phone's USB-C port. Another unique feature of the 10 is its ability to wirelessly play audio through AirPlay-certified speakers.

HTC 10 FLAGSHIP ON HANDS

New HTC 10 Flagship Smartphone New HTC 10 Flagship Smartphone Reviewed by David Digil on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 Rating: 5

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