HTC 10 Announced With Cutting-Edge Specs For $699, Ships in May

HTC has made their official announcement early this morning, mostly confirming the plethora of leaks that have been flooding the blogosphere over the last couple of months. The wraps were officially taken off of the HTC 10, with a couple of reveals we didn’t already know: it’s shipping in May and you can pre-order it unlocked for $699. Incidentally, qualified customers can also use PayPal Credit to get 0% financing for 12 months.

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The HTC 10 brings several features designed to set it apart from the other flagships already launched this year, including 24-bit high-res audio out of the box, no need for a (cough cough) extra module. The metal unibody with the extensively-chamfered edges can be pre-ordered either in Carbon Grey or Glacier Silver. In addition, HTC promises a low-bloat experience (not counting what U.S. carriers will no doubt try to bog it down with). Other standout features include “the world’s first” OIS-enabled front camera for better selfies, a unique “freestyle” take on the homescreen (you’re not restricted by a layout grid), a dedicated amplifier for each speaker (presumably the single front-facing one above the display and the one mounted on the bottom) and “Boost+” performance optimization with app locking and an “App Manager” to fix misbehaving apps. Detailed specs follow:

HTC 10 Specifications
  • Dimensions and Weight
    • 145.9 x 71.9 x 3.0 – 9.0 mm, 161g
  • CPU
    • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820, Quad Core, 64bit, up to 2.2GHz
  • Memory
    • ROM: 32GB / RAM: 4GB (Config 1)
      Available storage for users: about 23GB
      ROM: 64GB / RAM: 4GB (Config 2)
      Available storage for users: about 52GB
      Extended memory: microSD™ up to 2TB
      Flex Storage supported
  • Display
    • 5.2 inch, Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels)
      Pixel density at 564 ppi (pixel per inch)
      Super LCD 5
      Curve edge Gorilla Glass
      “Display colour personalisation”
  • Operating System
    • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC Sense
  • Main Camera
    • 12MP (HTC UltraPixel™ 2 with 1.55μm pixel)
      Laser Autofocus
      BSI sensor
      Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS)
      ƒ/1.8 aperture and 26mm focal length (80° wide angle)
      Dual tone LED flash
      Self timer up to 10 seconds
      Face detection
      Pro mode with manual control and 12 bit RAW format support
      Auto-HDR
      Panorama
      Continuous shooting up to 8 fps
      Zoe capture
      Hyperlapse
      Slow motion video (720P@120 fps)
      4K video recording with Hi-Res audio
      Video Pic
  • Front Camera
    • 5MP (1.34μm pixels)
      Autofocus
      BSI sensor
      Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS)
      ƒ/1.8 aperture and 23mm focal length (86° wide angle)
      Live make-up
      Auto selfie (smile selfie, still selfie)
      Voice selfie
      Self timer up to 10 seconds
      Auto-HDR
      Full HD 1080p video recording
  • Battery (may vary depending on app usage, carrier, signal strenght etc.)
    • Capacity: 3000 mAh
      Talk time on 3G/4G network: up to 27 hours
      Standby time on 3G/4G network: up to 19 days
      Power saving mode
      Extreme power saving mode
      Quick Charge 3.0 with cool charge
      Up to 50% charge in 30 min
  • Sensors
    • Ambient light sensor
      Proximity sensor
      Motion G-sensor
      Compass sensor
      Gyro sensor
      Magnetic sensor
      Fingerprint sensor (integrated into home button)
      Sensor Hub
  • Connectivity
    • NFC
      BT 4.2
      Wi-Fi®: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
      Display Port
      Chromecast
      DLNA™
      AirPlay™
      Miracast™
  • Ports and Buttons
    • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
      USB 3.1 Gen 1, Type-C
      Capacitive keys

Also, you can see the announcement video below:

You can see the full press release below:

Press Release

HTC’S NEW FLAGSHIP: SCULPTED TO PERFECTION

Power of 10: HTC’s engineering excellence delivers obsessive craftsmanship, unparalleled performance and imaging leadership

Seattle – April 12, 2016 – HTC has today unveiled what it has been working on behind closed doors for the last 12 months with the launch of its latest smartphone. With customer feedback an integral part of the development process combined with an obsessive attention to detail, the HTC 10 delivers everything that you would want from a flagship device.

Playing to the Power of 10 – symbolizing greatness and independence but also that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts – this newest addition to the HTC phone family combines a world-class camera with gold-standard audio, bold new metal unibody design and unparalleled performance.

Designed to Perfection

Inspired by light and sculpted to perfection, the HTC 10 employs a new approach to design where bold contours are carved out of solid metal. Capturing the light beautifully, the chamfered edges boast a slimmer, more slender look with its full-glass front merging seamlessly into the metal body.

Passionate about the small details, it’s not just the materials that come under scrutiny when we create a new handset. With the HTC 10, our design teams worked tirelessly to build a phone where even the power button has been beautifully crafted, where the speakers deliver a sleeker look and better sound quality and where the fingerprint sensor recognizes your finger from almost any angle.

It is also important that we got the build absolutely right. Mercilessly engineered to handle everyday knocks, bumps and scratches, the HTC 10 was subjected to over 168 hours of extreme temperature tests, ranging from a freezing -20’C to a scorching 60’C; and over 10,000 drop, bend, scratch and corrosion tests.

World-class camera!

With HTC 10 we’ve delivered what we believe to be the best smartphone camera available on the market today. With the world’s first optically stabilized, larger aperture f/1.8 lenses on both the front and rear cameras, new larger sensors, 12 million of our new generation UltraPixels (1.55um per pixel), faster laser autofocus powering the main camera and a wide angle lens and screen flash on the front UltraSelfieTM camera, this smartphone delivers brilliantly sharp, low light and high-resolution photos whether behind or in front of the lens.

With the camera designed to launch in as little as 0.6 seconds, and a 2nd generation laser autofocus that gives you focused shots faster, it’s quick enough to even work in burst mode. All the settings are also conveniently located at your fingertips with Pro Mode still offering advanced options for more experienced photographers, including RAW format functionality.

Boasting a DxOMark score of 88*, this is one of the highest camera quality scores of any smartphone to date and is the result of tens of thousands of hours spent fine tuning each element to deliver world-class photos and videos.

Best in sight, best in sound

But it’s not just the imaging that puts this smartphone at the top of its game – the HTC 10 combines vivid 4K video with the world’s first stereo, 24-bit, Hi-Res audio recording – capturing 256 times more detail than standard recordings across twice the frequency range and enabling you to bring to life your recorded content as if you were actually there in person.

Built for audiophiles, the HTC 10 is certified for Hi-Res audio and has been designed to make music sound the way that the artist intended. A headphone amp that delivers two times the power of a conventional headphone amp, the ability to upscale from 16-bit to 24-bit audio and high performance digital to analogue conversion combine beautifully to produce ten times lower distortion than other devices on the market, delivering an all round audio performance that cannot be beaten.

Everyone hears things differently, which is why the HTC 10’s all-new Personal Audio Profile system enhances your audio experience even further. By creating a unique profile that is tuned to your individual hearing, it dynamically adjusts specific sound frequencies to each ear, allowing you to hear music the way that the artist intended. Re-engineered HTC BoomSound™ Hi-Fi edition speakers feature the same separated tweeter and woofer design as leading acoustic systems and combine with a dedicated amplifier on each speaker, adding to the experience and delivering sound clarity unprecedented on a smartphone.

Performance at its Best

Whilst the HTC 10 nails it on the hardware, we have also delivered what we believe to be best-in-class software by focusing on getting the fundamentals right. With apps that launch twice as fast and that perform to the highest standard and a next generation quad HD display that is 30% more colourful, creating a true cinematic feel, and that is 50% more responsive to touch than its predecessor, even the smallest and fastest of finger movements track perfectly.

This attention to detail doesn’t stop there! With security high on people’s agendas, we have created a fingerprint scanner, which unlocks in a lightning fast 0.2 seconds and which has been algorithmically designed to recognise you faster and more accurately over time.

Engineered from the inside out to last longer, the HTC 10 boasts the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with enhanced 4G LTE. Each device also comes with Boost+ which is designed to make your phone faster, to consume less power and to provide effective security and applications management features. This includes smart boost, which automatically optimizes your memory; a game battery booster, which uses less battery during gameplay; and a new PowerBotics system, which auto detects and shuts down apps that use excessive power – improving battery life by 30% and delivering up to two days charge.

Not only does Boost+ optimize performance, making it easier to launch apps, but its App Lock function also adds a new layer of security by enabling you to lock any app you choose, whilst App Manager provides an instant fix for when an app isn’t behaving.

The HTC 10 also includes the latest in-box quick charge 3.0 Rapid Charger with improved thermal management that can charge the battery up to 50% in just 30 minutes – ideal for people who find their phone running low on juice before the end of the working day.

Controlled by You!

By reducing the number of duplicative and pre-loaded apps and bloatware and integrating the best of both HTC and Google, we have created a more streamlined phone that enables you to decide what you want on your handset.

With HTC’s specially created new Freestyle Layout, you no longer have an on-screen grid that dictates the layout. Instead you can get creative by dragging icons, stickers and widgets anywhere you like. Layer them, group them, link stickers to apps or get rid of screen icons altogether, the choice is yours.

The latest version of HTC Themes also provides you with access to thousands of professional looking themes that each come with their own icons, backgrounds and sounds so you can customize your phone based on your own personal style.

Accessories and availability

To further streamline your experience, the HTC 10 offers an all-new Ice View case with a semi-transparent and highly versatile single front-cover case. So when that next call or message comes in, when you need to skip a track or snap that perfect shot, you can do it without opening your smartphone’s case. It’s simplicity without sacrificing protection.

The HTC 10 will come in two variants with different Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors to cater for different market needs. They will both offer the same design, audio, camera and display, with a similar software experience and battery life. In the U.S., the HTC 10 will come with the Snapdragon 820 processor.

In the U.S., HTC 10 will be available across multiple wireless providers including Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile, which will announce colors, availability and pricing. In addition, HTC will be offering an Unlocked edition on www.HTC.com, which will be compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile networks and will be available for pre-orders beginning today, April 12, with shipping in early May. The Unlocked edition from HTC.com comes in Glacier Silver and Carbon Gray, and costs $699. It also comes with UH OH Protection, which includes one replacement at no charge within the first 12 months of ownership for a cracked screen or water damage.

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