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The HTC 10 is like a great remix of all your favorite songs - the new flagship brings back UltraPixel and BoomSound, but nostalgia is mixed with a much-improved performance.

HTC was pushing for large pixels in camera sensors years before Google and Samsung did and was among the first to bring optical image stabilization to a mobile camera. This happened on a phone you may remember fondly - the HTC One.

We finally have a proper sequel to that great device in the shape of the HTC 10 - the world's first phone with an optically stabilized selfie camera. HTC also boasts that the 12MP main camera got a perfect 10 so to speak from DxOMark.

HTC's other obsession was pitch perfect audio - a 24-bit DAC earns it a Hi-Res Audio certification (from the Japan Audio Society), something Sony loves to brag about and LG offers as a $150 add-on for the LG G5. The company even added a premium headset to ensure you have the right hardware to enjoy the DAC.

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Solo listening is half of HTC's passion, its engineers also popularized stereo speakers on a phone and now they are changing the game again. The HTC 10 splits the sound into low (played by the woofer) and high (played by the tweeter). So it's still two speakers, but this is not stereo sound - it's more like a single 2-way bookshelf speaker.


HTC 10 at a glance:

  • Form factor: Metal unibody designed to take a hit (testing included 10,000 drops, scratches, corrosion, 1 week in extreme temps from -20°C to 60°C)
  • Screen: 5.2" Super LCD 5 with QHD resolution (1,440 x 2,560px, 564ppi); 2.5D Gorilla Glass
  • Camera: 12MP sensor (1/2.3", 1.55µm pixels), 26mm/80° lens with f/1.8 aperture and Optical Image Stabilization; Laser AF and dual-LED dual-tone flash; Manual mode with 12-bit RAW
  • Selfie camera: 5MP (1.36µm pixels), 23mm/86° lens with f/1.8 apertrure and Optical Image Stabilization (a first); 1080p video recording
  • Video camera: 4K 2160p video recording with Hi-Res audio (24-bit stereo from three mics with noise cancellation); 720p @ 120fps slo-mo; Hyperlapse
  • Audio: 24-bit DAC and premium headphones; BoomSound dual speaker with two dedicated amps
  • Platform: Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Sense UI; Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4GB of RAM; 32GB or 64GB of storage expandable with a microSD card
  • Connectivity: LTE 450Mbps, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2; Display Port (USB Type-C connector); wireless streaming with Apple Airplay, Miracast, Chromecast
  • Battery: 3,000mAh; Quick Charge 3.0 (50% in 30 minutes)
  • Misc: Fingerprint sensor (recognition in 0.2 seconds)



LAUNCH Announced 2016, April
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2016, May
BODY Dimensions 145.9 x 71.9 x 9 mm (5.74 x 2.83 x 0.35 in)
Weight 161 g (5.68 oz)
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type Super LCD5 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.2 inches (~71.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels (~565 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  - HTC Sense UI
PLATFORM OS Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
CPU Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo
GPU Adreno 530
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 200 GB (dedicated slot)
Internal 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, OIS, laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Features 1/2.3'' sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.
Secondary 5 MP, f/1.8, 23mm, OIS, autofocus, 1.34 µm pixel size, 1080p, HDR
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, dual speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
  - Hi-Res audio
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, apt-X
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS/ BDS (region dependent)
Radio No
USB v3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser HTML5
Java No
  - Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min (Quick Charge 3.0)
- Google Drive (100 GB cloud storage)
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- XviD/MP4/H.264/WMV player
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/FLAC player
- Document editor
- Photo/video editor
BATTERY   Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 456 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 27 h (3G)
MISC Colors Carbon Gray, Topaz Gold, Glacier Silver
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