HTC 10: First Reviews

The HTC 10 is the newest release in the HTC lineup, and now considered their “flagship” model. First reviews of the new phone are promising and highlight some of the strengths for which the HTC 10 will be noted.

One of the key features of the new HTC 10 is the phone’s audio quality, as noted in a review by Sascha Segan at the PC Magazine website.

“HTC’s new flagship may be an audiophile’s dream.”

HTC has given more attention to speakers and headphone amplifiers than most phone makers lately, and Segan notes that “attention will pay off here” with the HTC 10.

As HTC notes in their recent video advertisement, the HTC 10 comes with 24-bit Hi-Res audio.

A tweeter faces forward on the HTC 10, while the woofer is edge-facing at the bottom according to the PC Magazine review. The distortion appears to be less than you would get on most phones, which can really be a selling point for the HTC 10. The HTC website makes note of the separate speakers as a key feature of the HTC 10 in delivering the highest-quality audio experience.

“The new HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition speakers feature the same separated tweeter and woofer design as leading acoustic systems, with a dedicated amplifier for each speaker to deliver audio quality unprecedented from a smartphone.”

Imaging quality has also been vastly improved on the latest HTC model, as noted on Fortune magazine’s website. There is an UltraPixel 2 camera on the rear of the HTC 10 featuring 12-megapixels. On the front of the phone, selfie-afficonados will enjoy the five-megapixel camera. Both the rear and front cameras feature optical image stabilization (OIS).

“HTC has taken the approach to increase the size of the pixels, in turn allowing the device to capture more light in low-light conditions. In fact, HTC’s new camera technology matched DxOMark‘s score of 88 for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge as the top smartphone camera currently available. Apple’s iPhone 6S Plus scored an 84 in the same tests.”

According to the HTC website, the HTC 10 is the first phone to feature OIS on the front and back of the phone. The main camera on the HTC 10 can also record 4K video.

“HTC 10 delivers what may well be the best smartphone camera available today.”

Additionally, the HTC 10 will be the first Android-based phone to officially support Apple’s AirPlay. So the HTC 10 will work with any Apple-certified speakers or devices. For the time being, only audio streaming is supported based on the PC Magazine website review.

There will be both a 32GB and a 64GB version of the HTC 10 according to the Engadget website. Both of the HTC 10 versions will come with a microSD slot which will allow expansion of the memory on the HTC 10 up to 2TB. The processor on the HTC 10 is a quad-core Snapdragon 820 that comes with 4GB of RAM.

The look and feel of the HTC 10 has also been improved-upon from previous models. The HTC 10 has a chamfered edge around the 5.2-inch Quad HD Super LCD 5 display. The metal body of the HTC 10 merges nicely with the full glass front of the phone. Not only are the aesthetics of the HTC 10 impressive, the construction of the phone and its ability to withstand punishment are outstanding, as HTC notes on its website.

“We subjected it to over 168 hours of extreme temperature tests, ranging from a freezing -20°C to a scorching 60°C, plus over 10,000 grueling drop, scratch and corrosion tests. We didn’t stop until the build quality met our exacting standards.”

According to Fortune magazine’s website, the HTC 10 will be available for pre-order starting today at $699 USD. It is an unlocked version compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile in the United States. The HTC 10 will also be carried by Sprint and Verizon.

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