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Updated: HTC 10 release date, news and features details

Updated: HTC 10 release date, news and features

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  • 12/04/2016
Updated: HTC 10 release date, news and features

HTC 10 release date, news and features

The HTC 10 is here, and it's packing Ultrapixels, Hi-Res Audio, a heap of customization and of course, a premium all metal design.

The 'One' may have been dropped (RIP One M10 rumors), and the design changes may not be as radical as we hoped, but there's still a lot to love and we've got all the information on HTC's latest flagship smartphone right here.

Has the Taiwanese firm done enough to differentiate the 10 from the HTC One M9? Read through all the details below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? HTC's new flagship smartphone
  • When's it out? May 2016 worldwide
  • What will it cost? US$699.99 (£569.99, around AU$900) SIM free

Watch our hands on video review:

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XAlVmHouLA

HTC 10 release date and price

The HTC 10 has been officially launched, but there's a little bit of a wait until it lands in stores.

HTC has confirmed its new flagship phone will be available worldwide from May, although we're still waiting on an exact date.

When it comes to price, you can already pre-order your HTC 10 via the firm's website, with the SIM-free price set at US$699.99 (£569.99, around AU$900).

If you're lucky enough to live in the UK, get in there early and apply discount code "HTC10" to get you 10% off, giving you at total of £512.99.

HTC 10

HTC 10 design

HTC was expected to make some major changes to the design of its flagship range with this installment, and while it has gone to town with the chamfered edges on the rear it's not the reimagining we were expecting/hoping for.

What you do get with the HTC 10 is another premium, all metal handset which certainly looks and feels the part. It may not be an entirely fresh new look, but it still works.

At 145.9 x 71.9 x 9mm (3mm at its thinnest) the HTC 10 is taller and wider than the HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6S, and it's also thicker than the Apple and Samsung devices.

It's likely to be a presence in the hand then, and with the handset tipping the scales at 161g it's also heavier than some of the competition.

HTC 10

HTC has finally dropped its logo from the front of the handset, giving you a cleaner finish on the 2.5D glass which adorns the 10.

Below the display two capacitive keys flank a central home key which doubles as a fingerprint scanner.

This isn't the first HTC phone to sport the finger reading tech, that was the One Max, but the implementation here is better, and more significant as it plays catch up to the rest of the market.

For those of you who like a bit of color, the HTC 10 is available in Topaz Gold, Carbon Grey, Camellia Red and Glacier Silver.

HTC 10

HTC 10 display

The display has been given a boost with the HTC 10 boasting a QHD resolution across 5.2 inches. That's up from the 5-inch, full HD offering on the One M9, and puts the HTC 10 in line with the competition from the Galaxy S7, LG G5 and 4K Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.

While HTC hasn't used AMOLED screen technology (it's Super LCD 5), it claims the display on the 10 looks like it could be, as it's boosted color saturation and brightness for a better look.

It also claims the HTC 10 has the world's fastest touchscreen, with very low latency - that means instant reactions whenever your finger prods the display.

HTC 10 power

There's no shortage in the power department with the HTC 10 packing Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM - matching the setup in the LG G5 and American variant of the Samsung Galaxy S7.

The HTC 10 should have no trouble anything, from intensive games to multiple applications at the same time.

There's also 32GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot allowing you to build on that with cards up to 2TB in size.

HTC 10

HTC 10 operating system

The HTC 10 runs the latest version of Google's mobile platform - Android 6.0 Marshmallow - but that's been coated in the firm's well-known Sense UI.

One of HTC's key focuses for the 10 is the software experience, and it says it has delivered a unified and polished UI.

It's cut down on the number of duplicate applications - with Google's applications taking a front seat on the HTC 10. This hasn't stopped HTC completely though, as it still offers its own Email client (as well as Gmail), and it's ditched Hangouts in favor of its own Messaging app.

The apps HTC has developed for the 10 use Google's Material design, to ensure they're in-keeping with the rest of the Android Marshmallow system.

There's also a new customization feature called Freestyle Layout. This lets you download themes for your home screen, and each theme comes with a set of related stickers.

Place the stickers anywhere on your home screen - you're not confined to a grid layout - and they can then be used to launch applications. You can even remove the text label, making the stickers appear to be part of your background image rather than an app icon.

This gives you the ability to have "secret" and create a truly unique home screen space on the HTC 10.

HTC 10

HTC 10 camera

HTC admitted during our briefing that the camera had been a weakness in recent handsets, but it reckons its fixed it this time round and went as far as to claim it's trounced the iPhone 6S.

The HTC 10 has a rear facing 12MP camera - which is fast becoming the megapixels of choice with this phone joining the likes of the Galaxy S7, iPhone 6S and Huawei P9 in the 12MP camp.

HTC prefers to call them ultrapixels though, thanks to the large 1.55um pixel size. This helps draw in more light, and there's optical image stabilization (OIS) in action too improving low light shots and keeping things steady and blur free.

A second generation laser autofocus joins the 12MP snapper on the rear, and HTC reckons it can be ready for a shot in 0.2 seconds. The camera app itself, HTC claims, also launches in a swift 0.6 seconds.

There's new stuff round the front too, with a 5MP UltraSelfie camera the first in the world to sport OIS, for better low light selfies, and steadier, smoother video.

HTC 10

HTC 10 battery

HTC has packed in a 3000mAh battery inside the 10, the same size you'll find in the Samsung Galaxy S7 and larger than the 2840mAh power pack in the One M9.

It claims you'll get two full days from a single charge, although we've seen other firms make similar claims in the past with a very different reality - so we'll see how it performs during our in-depth review.

There's a USB-C connection on the base of the HTC 10, with the phone embracing the new port type, and you'll also benefit from Quick Charge 3.0. That will see 50% of your battery return in just 30 minutes.

HTC 10 audio

BoomSound has been a real success story for HTC, and it's kicked things up another notch on the HTC 10.

Gone are the dual front facing speakers, with one forward pointing tweeter located in the earpiece, while a bass speaker is located on the base of the handset. HTC's reasoning for this is bass doesn't need to be directional, so its placement shouldn't be an issue.

Getting to HTC's audio enhancements and the HTC 10 boasts BoomSound Hi-Fi Edtion, with each speaker getting its own individual amp, and a third amp dedicated to the 'best in class' headphone jack. HTC even bundles a set of hi-res earphones in the box with the phone.

The HTC 10 can pump out Hi-Res Audio, with 24-bit processing and auto up scaling for tracks which are not up to scratch. The phone also claims to offer the world's first 4K video with Hi-Res audio recording with louder sound and bigger spectrum, all in stereo.

And finally, the HTC 10 allows you to fine tune audio playback thanks to its Personal Audio Profile. This simple app basically gives you a mini hearing test and then adjusts the playback to best suit your ears.