HTC 10: New Warrior in Android war
After the subpar performance of One M9, HTC really needed something that can take them back to their glory days. Enter HTC M10. A simple name, which defines the idea of “perfect 10”. On paper, HTC 10 looks to directly compete with the top dogs in the market aka Galaxy S7 and LG G5. It packs all the latest components in a solid piece of aluminium.
Last year, the decision to go with Full-HD display on M9 really backfired for HTC. But, this time it looks like the Taiwan company didn’t cut any corners to excuse. HTC 10 consists 5.2″ super LCD 5 display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, resulting into mind boggling 546 PPI. Under the hood, it packs Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4 GB of RAM. The device comes with 32 GB and 64 GB options, both further can be expanded via Micro-SD upto 2TB. The battery capacity is 3000 mAh. The company claims to achieve 2 days of battery life with it. USB Type-C coupled with Quick-Charge 3.0 technology is on board too. The M10 runs on Android Marshmallow with latest Sense UI on the top.
On the photography front, both 12MP rear and 5MP front cameras are OIS equipped and feature HTC’s 2nd take on whole UltraPixel thing. This new “UltraPixel 2” camera prioritizes pixel size over pixel count, to allow for brighter low-light photos. Both feature f/1.8 aperture, an ultra-wide angle lens, live makeup and auto HDR.
But, wait! We are talking about HTC here and where is BoomSound? Well, they are no longer at the front, meaning the space is taken by home button with a built-in fingerprint scanner. The manufacture instead went with new audio technology. The ’10’ uses a speaker under the earpiece grille for higher frequencies, acting as a tweeter of sorts, while the bottom speaker acts as a sort-of woofer. The concept here is to give a more balanced audio output. It also supports DAC/Hi-Res audio output and is the first smartphone to include Hi-Res 24 bit audio recording. Nice!
HTC 10 will be available later this month with four colour options – Carbon Grey, Camellia Red, Glacier Silver and Topaz Gold.
But, there is a very disappointing announcement for the people who were very eagerly waiting for the device in India, the Indian Variant shall be getting HTC 10 ‘Lifestyle’ with Snapdragon 652 processor and not the 820. Also, the RAM count is down at 3GB!
So, what do you think? Can HTC bounce back with 10 or it will continue to struggle in Android market? Sound off in comments and stay tuned for more details on HTC 10.