HTC has lifted the lid on a new high-end smartphone, teaming a camera the company claims is the best on the market with the latest version of Android and a quad HD screen.
Dubbed the HTC 10, the Android 6.0-powered phone’s 12-megapixel UltraPixel camera features an optically stabilised lens with a larger f/1.8 aperture to let more light in. By allowing more light in, you should get better results in low-light conditions.
The rear camera also features a larger sensor of the sort you’d expect to find in a costly camera, as well as faster laser autofocus. HTC claims the camera launches in just 0.6 seconds. That’s three times faster than the HTC One M9.
It can also record video in 4K, which is four times the resolution as standard HD, with 24-bit Hi-Res audio recording that captures ‘256 times more detail than standard recordings’.
The front-facing, five-megapixel Ultraselfie camera also features a f/1.8 lens and larger sensor. But its major selling point is that it’s the first-ever front-facing camera with optical image stabilisation.
The handset retains the all-metal unibody construction and silver, gold gun-metal grey colour options of the HTC One M9 and M10, with a few subtle tweaks to the company’s design template and colour palette.
These include a rear section with sloping edges all the way around and an all-new red colour. And perhaps more interestingly, in a more dramatic departure from past handsets there’s no HTC logo at all on the exterior of the phone.
At 5.2-inches, the screen is 0.2-inches larger than the HTC One M9 and swaps Super LCD3 display technology for a lusher Quad HD display. It packs in more pixels too for better picture quality.
To save space HTC has done away with some pre-installed apps that usually come as standard on Android phones. The apps that have made way are those that offer the same functions as an HTC application. However, in some cases it seems HTC has opted to include Google’s app instead of its own if it thought Google’s worked better.
Behind-the-scenes software improvements are also promised, with the result that the 10 is 50% more responsive than the M9.
In keeping with most modern top-end smartphones, the 10 comes with a Quick Charge 3.0 fast-charging mode. This is purported to get you a day of use with 30 minutes of charging.
The handset comes in 32GB and 64GB storage options with the option to boost storage by up to 2TB (Terabytes) by adding a microSD card. By way of reference, 2TB offers enough room for hundreds of thousands of songs.
Keeping things ticking over is a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with a Boost+ feature that ensures the device is constantly running at full speed by monitoring and cleaning up resources, such as memory and storage.
Other features include HTC BoomSound technology with hi-res audio, dual speakers, fingerprint security in the home button, a locking function for apps and the Freestyle Layout mode that lets you customise your homescreens and break away from the time-honoured layout of rows and rows of apps.
HTC has yet to announce pricing, but has pledged the 10 will be available to buy later this month and that free hi-res audio-certified headphones will be included in the box.