For weeks HTC has been teasing consumers with their upcoming flagship smartphone, the HTC 10, and early this morning they finally unveiled the handset to the public at their event. The HTC 10 is by all accounts a very noticeable HTC device as the style hasn’t changed a whole lot in terms of design, but it has gotten a new user interface that sits atop the Android 6.0 Marshmallow software as well as new internals on the hardware and specifications front. The HTC 10 comes equipped with a 5.2-inch Quad HD Super LCD 5 display and sports a 12-megapixel ultrapixel camera with LED flash, laser autofocus, and OIS on the back, along with a 5MP ultrapixel camera with OIS on the front. It comes powered by Qualcomm’s next generation Snapdragon 820 CPU and Adreno 530 GPU for graphics, has 4GB of RAM for memory, and comes in both 32GB and 64GB storage size options. It does also come with expandable storage via the microSd card slot for those who need more than what’s available internally.
On the software front, the HTC 10 is launching with the inclusion of Sense 8.0, HTC’s new skin overlayed on top of Android for a new and uniquely fresh experience that is also somewhat familiar and close to home. Thanks to our own Nick Sutrich who was on site at the event, we’ve been able to get some hands-on time with the HTC 10 and the software that powers the new device experience. While there are definite similarities between Sense 8.o and the previous version, Sense 7.0, there are also a few differences, some of them more eye-catching than others depending on what grabs your attention. One of the most notable changes perhaps is HTC’s new take on themes and device style skinning from the user standpoint, with a new feature called “Lifestyle Mode,” which essentially lets the user take themes to a whole new level for a much more granular take on personalization. Not only does Lifestyle Mode allow the user theme each and every single app icon with its own style, (you can apply different theme looks to each icon if you like) it also has the ability to place app shortcuts on screen without the limitations of the onscreen grid meaning they won’t snap into place, giving users freedom to customize the
Not only does Lifestyle Mode allow the user theme each and every single app icon with its own style, (you can apply different theme looks to each icon if you like) it also has the ability to place app shortcuts on screen without the limitations of the onscreen grid meaning they won’t snap into place, giving users freedom to customize the homescreen with tons of app shortcut icons in whatever location they want to place them. It also allows users to place stickers on screen which they can then long-press to add whatever app they like as an app shortcut. When it comes to style on the outside, HTC has stuck with a similar design scheme while adding the chamfered edges on the back for a slightly more premium look, and on the front they have added a physical home button which also doubles as the fingerprint scanner. The dual stereo speakers have also been placed on the top and bottom of the device and although they are still using Boom Sound, they are no longer front-facing like on the last three ‘One M’ devices which was a big selling point for many users. Overall, the HTC 10 is not too much of a departure from the past HTC flagships, rather more of a refined offering with tweaks to the areas they felt needed it most. HTC is offering the HTC 10 in three different colors which include Glacial Silver, Carbon Grey, and Topaz Gold.
Stay tuned for our full review which will be coming soon.