Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Features and Specifications of HTC's 2016 Flagship, HTC 10 - SnapDragon 820, 4GB RAM, 12MP Cam

HTC went off the right track some years ago, but now it's going back to the glory days of the original HTC One. After seas and oceans of leaks, rumours and I hearsay, HTC finally announced its anticipated high-end smartphone for 2016 today - the HTC 10. Undoubtedly, with the Specs and features on the HTC 10, it might just deliver than its predecessors.

First of all, there is a major name change: unlike HTC's former top-end phones, which boasted the "One" lineup designation, followed by "M" - e.g HTC One M9, this new Flagship is called the HTC 10. This new name change sounds so lovely to the ear or what do you think?

The HTC 10 has a 5.2" screen with QHD resolution (1,440 x 2,560px), it's a Super LCD 5 with a curved edge Gorilla Glass, launching with Android 6.0 Marshmallow on a Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4GB of RAM. You get a choice of 32GB storage ($700) and 64GB, though they both feature a microSD slot if you need more space. Inside is a 3,000mAh battery that can be charged up to 50% in 30 minutes thanks to Quick Charge 3.0

Well, instead of writing an endlessly long paragraph of the Specs and features of the HTC 10, here are the specs and features at a glance:

  • 5.2" Quad HD Super LCD 5 display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset for USA / different Qualcomm chipsets elsewhere
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32/64GB storage options. microSD card slot (up to 2TB)
  • 12MP UltraPixel 2 rear camera with 1.55um pixels and f/1.8 aperture, OIS, laser autofocus, RAW, 4K video recording, Pro camera mode, hyperlapse
  • 5MP front-facing camera with ultra-wide lens, OIS, 1.34um pixels and f/1.8 aperture
  • Dual non-stereo BoomSound speakers with Dolby Audio, woofer + tweeter, 3 noise-cancelling mics
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • HTC Sense 8 UI atop Android 6.0 Marshmallow 
  • Fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C
  • Color options: Carbon Grey, Glacier Silver, Topaz Gold, Camellia Red

As listed above, the HTC 10 resurrects the UltraPixel name properly - a 12MP sensor with large pixels (1.55µm), a bright f/1.8 aperture, OIS and Laser AF. The camera can shoot 12-bit RAW, 4K 2160p videos and Hi-Res audio and for the very first time ever, the front-facing camera has optical image stabilization (OIS), with a 5MP sensor (1.34µm pixels) and f/1.8 aperture.

The BoomSound name is reborn again, instead of stereo speakers the pair works as a two-way speaker - tweeter (high frequencies) and woofer (low frequencies). Each speaker has its own amp. Yes, the design of the HTC 10 is a follow-up to the One A9, which itself was based on the HTC One. You can see the family resemblance in the capacitive Back and App switcher keys (except this time HTC didn't leave out the third button) and especially on the back.

If you are a big fan of HTC then there is a very high chance that you've already fallen for the HTC 10. But putting the love we have for our favourite Smartphone producers aside, do you really think the HTC 10 can compete with other high-end Smartphones of today, such as Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, LG G5, iPhone 6S ? I'd really like to hear from you through the comment box.

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