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The HTC 10 Is Here!

HTC 10

The HTC 10 was finally announced today and most of what the rumours had suggested played out but there are some things we still learned about HTC’s latest flagship.  But first, here’s a run down of the specs:

  • 5.2 QHD Super LCD 5
  • Snapdragon 820 Processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal Storage
  • microSD Card Slot
  • 12MP UltraPixel Camera with Laser Autofocus and OIS
  • 5MP Front Facing Camera with OIS
  • 3000 mAh Battery
  • HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • USB Type-C

On paper, the HTC 10 looks good but the spec sheet doesn’t really show everything that HTC poured into their latest flagship.  Let’s start with the cameras.  The UltraPixel is back as the shooter comes equipped with 1.55?m pixels but HTC learned from their M7 and M8 mistakes and kept a high pixel count too.  Throw in Laser Autofocus, OIS, and “Pro mode” (which offers manual controls) and you’ve got a pretty solid camera.  HTC also tossed OIS onto the front camera, a first in the industry.

Audio has always been an area that HTC shines and they didn’t disappoint with the 10.  The phone is High-Res Audio certified and High-Res headphones come included with the phone.  The phone can also record High-Res audio, which allows it capture 256 times more detail than your standard recording.  External sound has been changed up a little bit.  One of the front facing speakers has been moved to the bottom of the device but the speakers now include a separate tweeter and woofer!

HTC is promising stellar performance on the 10 and one of their keys in creating a buttery smooth experience is their new feature Boost+.  Boost+ will basically monitor your usage and adjust accordingly to improve both performance and battery life!  It also includes a new App Lock function that allows you to lock individual apps behind your fingerprint or pass code.

Again, this all looks really good but I’ll need to play around with the phone first hand before I can say if HTC has really returned to prominence.  Speaking of getting the phone in hand, HTC has stated that Bell will be the exclusive carrier of the HTC 10 here in Canada.  They will also be selling it unlocked through HTC.com/ca and pre-orders are already open.  Cost is pretty steep, however, at $1000!  I think the single carrier launch and price tag may hurt HTC but I guess we’ll wait and see.