After a series of average to good performance cameras in their smartphones, HTC finally announced the coming of its latest flagship handset, the HTC 10, in mid-April.
Although a press release sighted the possibility of the device being made available in April, the manufacturer has made it clear that the launch will eventually take place in early May with three color options of topaz gold, glacial silver and carbon grey.
According to a few early reports, one of the best features of this smartphone is its camera. Following a battery of camera performance tests at the DxO labs, the device scored a total of 88 points and found itself at the first place, when compared to other gadgets expected to come out around the same time. The camera won high scores in both video and audio tests and was declared an all-rounder for video and stills. HTC offers the perfect blend with a 12MP camera, a large sensor with big size 1.55 micron pixels, dual-tone LED flash and a wide-aperture f/1.8 lens. This interesting combination has succeeded in enhancing the sensor’s light gathering capability, which in turn pulls down the image grain to increase the clarity. The front camera is a 5MP UltraPxel UltraSelfie snapper. Also, this smartphone is the first of its kind to offer optical image stabilization for both rear and front cameras. No other camera has offered this feature for the secondary snapper so far. The smartphone is praised by DxO labs specifically for its ability to pay attention to the level of detail in any lighting condition. This makes it better than many other smartphones from other leading manufacturers. As a successor to the HTC One M9, the HTC 10 wins over its predecessor, by a whopping 19 points.
Apart from its cameras, there is a bunch of attributes that make the new flagship smartphone capable of competing for the best Android phone of 2016. These include a stunning design, a fingerprint scanner, a Quad HD display, excellent multimedia features and great performance. Building up on the power of 10, HTC has made its Quad HD Super LCD screen bigger and larger, not just in terms of size, but resolution as well. The 5.2-inch screen will cash in on a pixel resolution of 2560 x 1440 and a pixel density of 564ppi. The fingerprint scanner also has a lightning fast response rate of 0.2 seconds. A major change can be expected on the design front too. The smartphone looks great with chamfered and diamond cut edges, a two-tone metal unibody and a 2.5D curved glass for the display panel. The front-facing BoomSound speakers have also been substituted with a woofer located at the bottom of the device and a tweeter on the top. Noise distortion is also lesser than rival smartphones by about 10 times.
On the hardware front, once again HTC has some ‘too good to be true’ deals for you. The manufacturer has loaded its smartphone with a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. To compensate for the low inbuilt storage, you can use a memory card that provides support up to 2TB or 200GB. The smartphone will have Android’s latest Marshmallow and HTC Sense UI installed. Also, HTC has done away with the grid style for its home screen. The new free style allows you to place the app icons anywhere on the screen according to your convenience. Talking of battery, the smartphone does not support wireless charging. But, the quick charging 3,000 mAh non-removable battery ensures that you can charge your handset up to 50 percent in just half an hour with the USB-C connectivity option. When fully charged, the battery will last for two full days with normal use before it runs out of juice.
Another key highlight is that the manufacturer has taken to work on as a refinement to its earlier handsets is the integration of HTC’s own features with the services that Google has to offer. This saves you a lot of downloading time as you will not have to download new apps for your tasks. In addition to this, you save a lot of free space on your smartphone that would otherwise be taken up by the apps. The Theme store allows you to take a stock-like approach on your smartphone.