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HTC 10 is official: Here’s what you need to know

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The new HTC 10 smartphone

After a year of development, HTC has lifted the lid on its new flagship smartphone for 2016: the HTC 10.

The HTC 10 is a direct sequel to the HTC One M9, although HTC has finally decided to drop the clunky One M- branding.

As clued by recent leaks, the HTC 10 looks a lot like the HTC One A9 from the front, while the back sports slick, chamfered edges. The sculpted metal chassis was, HTC says, subjected to nearly 170 hours of extreme temperature tests, plus around 10,000 drop, bend, scratch, and corrosion tests.

But the HTC 10 is a flagship device, so what we all really want to know is what sort of hardware is powering HTC’s latest bid for your cash.

The HTC 10 features a 5.2-inch Super LCD 5 QHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixel) display with sturdy, curved-edge Gorilla Glass.

htc 10The HTC 10 in Glacier Silver

Computing heft comes courtesy of Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 820 chip, the very same that powers the LG G5 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 (in certain regions, anyway). It’s a quad-core, 64-bit chip that’s clocked at 2.2Ghz.

You can buy the HTC 10 in 32GB or 64GB variants, both of which come with 4GB of RAM. There’s also a microSD slot that’s good to take a theoretical 2TB card (though they don’t actually exist).

There’s a 12-megapixel HTC UltraPixel 2 camera on the front, and a 5-megapixel sensor on the back. Both cameras come equipped with Optical Image Stabilisation, which is a welcome first.

The battery is listed as 3,000mAh; HTC claims this’ll offer 27 hours of talk time on 3G/4G, and can charge up to 50% in 30 minutes via Quick Charge 3.0.

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The handset runs on Google’s latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system, although it comes skinned with custom-built HTC Sense software.

Interestingly, HTC has worked with Google to reduce the number of “duplicative and pre-loaded apps and bloatware”, by integrating HTC’s features into Google’s own apps.

The HTC 10 will be available in four colour options: Carbon Grey, Glacier Silver, Topaz Gold, and Camellia Red.

A HTC spokesperson told TrustedReviews that the phone would go on sale in the UK in "early May", but couldn't given details on pricing just yet.

Watch out HTC 10 hands-on video below:

Check out the full spec list below:

HTC 10 specs

DIMENSIONS

SIZE: 145.9 x 71.9 x 3.0 - 9.0mm1

WEIGHT: 161g1

DISPLAY: 5.2 inch, Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels, 564 pixels per inch) Super LCD 5 with curved-edge Gorilla Glass

PLATFORM

• Android™ 6 with HTC Sense™

PROCESSOR

• Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820

• Quad-core, 64-bit, up to 2.2Ghz

MEMORY

• Total storage: 32GB or 64GB (available capacity varies4)

• RAM: 4GB

• Expandable: microSD™ expansion supports additional memory cards up to 2TB with Flex Storage (optional cards not included)

Camera

Main Camera

• 12MP HTC UltraPixel™ 2 (1.55µm pixel size)

• Laser autofocus

• BSI sensor

• Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)

• f/1.8 aperture, 26mm focal length

• Dual tone LED flash

• 4K video recording with Hi-Res Audio

• Slow motion video recording at 720p, 120fps

• Modes include Auto-HDR, Panorama, Pro mode with manual control and 12-bit RAW format support, Hyperlapse, Zoe capture, Video Pic, and continuous shooting up to 8fps

Front Camera

• 5MP (1.34µm pixel size)

• Autofocus

• BSI sensor

• Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)

• f/1.8 aperture, 23mm focal length

• Full HD 1080p video recording

• Modes include Auto-HDR, Auto Selfie, Voice Selfie, and Live Make-Up

SOUND

• HTC BoomSound™ Hi-Fi Edition

• Dolby Audio™ 4

• Personal Audio Profile

• Hi-Res Audio certified

• Hi-Res Audio earphones

• Hi-Res Audio stereo recording

• Three microphones with noise cancelation

NETWORK

2G/2.5G GSM/GPRS/EDGE:

• 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

• 800/850/1800/1900 MHz (Japan)

3G UMTS

Varies by region

• 850/900/1900/2100 MHz

• 850/AWS/900/2100 MHz (America)

CDMA

• 800/1900 with EvDO Rev. A (America)

4G LTE™ (up to 450Mbps)

Varies by region

• Asia/Europe: FDD B1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 28, 32; TDD B38, 40, 41

• America: FDD B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 20, 28, 29, 30

• Japan: FDD: B1, 3, 5, 7, 13, 17, 19, 21, 26; TDD B38, 41

• Support Cat 9 LTE: downloads up to 450Mbps, uploads up to 50Mbps

SIM

• Nano SIM

SENSORS

• Ambient light sensor

• Proximity sensor

• Motion G-sensor

• Compass sensor

• Gyro sensor

• Magnetic sensor

• Fingerprint sensor

• Sensor Hub for activity tracking

LOCATION

Varies by region

• GPS + GLONASS + Beidou (Europe and Asia)

• GPS + GLONASS (America and Japan)

CONNECTIVITY

• USB 3.1 Gen1, Type-C

• 3.5mm stereo audio jack

• Bluetooth® 4.2

• Wi-Fi®: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5GHz)

• NFC

• DisplayPort

• DNLA™

• Miracast™

• Google Cast™

• AirPlay™

• HTC Connect™ for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to compatible multi-room audio systems, TVs, portable speakers and home entertainment systems

BATTERY

• Capacity: 3000mAh

• Talk time on 3G/4G: up to 27 hours

• Standby time on 3G/4G: up to 19 days

• Power saving mode

• Extreme power saving mode

• Quick Charge 3.0 with cool charge: up to 50% charge in 30 minutes

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

• Display color personalization

• Ice View case

• Motion Launch

• Quiet ring on pick-up

• Pocket mode

What do you think of the HTC 10? Let us know in the comments.

Dead Words

April 12, 2016, 1:15 pm

Looks really good. Excited to hear more about this phone. There's a chance I'll be getting a new phone sometime in the next month or two and I may have to consider this one.

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