It's been a while since the Taiwanese manufacturer HTC has had anything to shout about. HTC suffered a series of setbacks since the highly praised HTC One was released over three years ago. In the following years HTC attempted to copy the earlier success with the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M9) which unfortunately met the markets with little aplomb. In this article we take a look at the latest HTC handset to be added to our device intelligence which just happens to be HTC's latest generation flagship, the HTC 10. Some might also say it's one of HTC's last few chances to claw back some lost glory and revenue.
The HTC 10 employs a full-metal unibody housing a 5.2 inch Super LCD5 display with 1440 x 2560 resolution which will give out 565 pixels per inch. This is a nice change after two iterations of HTC flagships using a 5.0 inch 1080p screen. As is almost standard these days, the HTC 10 is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 4 making minor scratches and falls a non event. The battery has a small increase in capacity, 3000mAh up from 2840mAh in the One M9, combined with the battery optimisation in Android 5. This is just enough to offset the increase in resolution and screen size from last generations flagship - expect similar performance.
Unfortunately the HTC 10 isn't waterproof. It does however, have IP53 certification so a few splashes of rain won't do any damage and it's almost dust proof, so no problems there. The dual BoomSound speakers give excellent audio quality but lower than average loudness. The audio quality is retained even when using an external amplifier so for many this will be a more than acceptable trade. Inside the HTC 10 is a Snapdragon 820 with quad CPU cores, two at 2.15GHz and two at 1.6GHz. The new chipset is paired with a dedicated Adreno 530 GPU for graphics, 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD card slot.
The camera of the HTC 10 is upgraded with HTC's UltraPixel 2.0. It's a 12MP sensor that has 3 times as many pixels as the original 4MP sensor from the One M7 and One M8. Key camera features include Optical Stabilisation System and a dual-tone LED flash whilst the video options include 720p, 1080p and 4K. Unfortunately there is no 60fps option. The HTC 10 is a marked improvement over the last two iterations of HTC flagships and ticks many consumer boxes.The smartphone has a solid build quality and some of the latest technology such as USB Type-C. At $800 it will compete directly with other high end devices in the market such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Apple iPhone 7.
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