UPDATE: HTC 10 is officially priced at RM2,799 in Malaysia.
HTC promised the world with their HTC 10. While we can’t say for certain that this smartphone will live up to all the hype it has claimed, there are several interesting things that HTC has done with their latest flagship.
1. The best camera on any HTC flagship
Everyone can say they have a world class smartphone camera. HTC claims that they’re obsessed with providing the best camera experience ever. What they went with was a 12-megapixel UltraPixel 2 primary camera on the back. This unit has large 1.55µm pixels (same as the Nexus 6P) with a fast f/1.8 aperture lens, OIS and laser autofocus. An impressive spec sheet, but that’s not all.
The front-facing UltraSelfie camera looks pretty good on paper too. It comes with OIS (which is very rare for a selfie snapper) and autofocus. What’s more, it’s got pretty large 1.34µm pixels which should make for good low-light performance.
2. The fastest HTC flagship ever
Well, on paper at least. This is the first time HTC has placed 4GB of RAM into their flagship smartphone. Pair that with Qualcomm’s super-fast Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz and this smartphone should do pretty darn well when it comes to performance.
3. The best BoomSound ever
BoomSound was one of the most iconic features associated with HTC’s flagship smartphones. They were fantastic sounding dual front-facing stereo speakers that blew almost every other smartphone speaker out of the water. HTC claims that the HTC 10’s BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition with Dolby Audio is the best BoomSound speaker ever.
It no longer uses the twin front-facing stereo speakers, though, instead opting for a new setup that utilises a bottom firing speaker and the earpiece to project sound.
4. A large battery
If you’ve ever used an HTC smartphone, you would’ve probably have noticed that they don’t like to place big batteries in their smartphones. This time, HTC has broken a norm and placed a large (by HTC standards) 3,000 mAh battery in the 10 which HTC claims can last you two days on a single charge.
Not only that, HTC has also included support for Quick Charge 3.0 which gives the 10 a 50% charge from dead in just 30 minutes.
5. Freestyle Theme
Customisability has been Android’s calling card. HTC takes this to a whole new level with their new Freestyle Theme. This theme essentially allows users to place apps and icons wherever they please, creating a UI look and feel that is unique to each individual. This theme does away with the grid layout found on your regular smartphone and that lets users get creative with app placements and app icons among others.
For more information, check out our announcement post.