While everyone expected to see the HTC M10, the company labelled their newest smartphone just HTC 10. And right enough, the phone did deserve a new identity as it does not look or feel anything like the older releases from 2015.
The HTC 10 got launched yesterday and will go on sale in the US markets in May, followed by the rest of the World. The phone will retail for a price of Rs. 46,399 ($699) and will be available in the colours of Silver and Black as well as Gold outside of the USA.
We will take you through every aspect of information we could find that tells us about the first impressions of the new release.
Looks and Design
HTC has certainly outdone itself this time. With their A9 being very similar to the iPhone and the M9 leading to much disappointment, the HTC 10 comes with a completely renewed appeal. The display screen is curved neatly around the edges and flows into the seams, around which runs a thinner aluminum bezel than all their previous phones.
The front face now houses two capacitive buttons instead of on-screen ones, between which is the same familiar ‘home’ button. The headphone jack has been moved to the top of the phone and stands alone.
To the left of the device lies the memory card tray and to the right lie the SIM-tray, volume control and power buttons all within your thumbs reach.
The bottom of the phone houses a micro-USB Type C port to charge your phone and transfer data, as well as a noise cancellation microphone and Hi-Res speakers.
The HTC 10 comes with improvements to their its app as well as its hardware. The 12MP lens on the rear allows better focus on your subject with its laser autofocus for low-light images.
The same is the case for images taken in low-light conditions with the use of a flash, whose compensation leads to noticeable overexposure in your shot.
The new phone has an in-built amp that tunes audio up to a better 24-bit quality during playback. The BoomSound speakers truly impress with their audio range and can be identified as a drastic improvement over the older phones.
The new Quad HD Super LCD 5 display promises 30% better colour on the HTC 10. While the idea of having vibrant color is interesting, the same glitch of an overlap between whites and pinks can be noticed on the screen.
Although older HTC phones have stronger hues of blue in their display, this new screen seems to tilt toward the red edge of the RGB spectrum. While some point out that the colours on the display are capable of looking oversaturated, others are quite happy with the increase in ‘mood’ on their screen.
Like with most modern smartphones today, the HTC 10 comes packing a powerful 3000mAH battery. With improvements made to both the software as well as hardware of the new phone, the device is expected to provide an optimized usage cycle of two days.
The HTC 10 employs Qualcomm’s 820 chipsets with two dual-core Kyro processing chips at 2.5GHz and 1.6GHz. The phone comes along with a 4GB RAM, an Adreno 530 GPU, and 32GB of internal storage.
Such configurations have been standardized now considering most applications are RAM intensive, and your phone would require a configuration tipping towards the higher end to accommodate many such simultaneous or real-time processes.
The HTC 10 promises to be almost 50% faster than any of its older phones, and so it is indeed. The new smartphone is certainly an upgrade from the M8, the M9, and the A9.
With a fresh look and a renewed sense of performance, HTC now promises a functional Android phone that keeps up with an Internet-connected, entertainment or work inclined lifestyle on-the-go.