The HTC 10 is about to get its wraps taken off, but more than enough info of the smartphone has already been making rounds here and there, painting a pretty picture of what to expect.
In a word, it's definitely a flagship, but obviously, there are a lot of details that should be fleshed out.
A Ton Of Horsepower Under The Hood
In terms of hardware specifications, it's on the front line among the best current smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the LG G5. That's because it houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 coupled with 4 GB worth of RAM and the Adreno 530 GPU to keep things snappy and smooth.
HTC even highlights this on Twitter, suggesting that it's on a completely different level in this department.
— HTC (@htc) March 29, 2016
The Mobile Photographer's Best Friend
Touted as a handset with "world-class cameras," it packs a 12-megapixel rear-facing shooter with HTC's UltraPixel technology, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and support for 4K video recording. The smartphone maker even went the extra mile, sprinkling the 5-megapixel front snapper with the OIS and Ultra Pixel trimmings. Based on these tidbits, HTC didn't exaggerate when it described the cameras.
Storage Fit For A Flagship
Capacity-wise, it comes with 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage, on par with the aforementioned beasts of today's smartphone market. On top of that, it also has a dedicated microSD card slot, supporting up to 200 GB.
Among The Sharpest Displays In The Shed
Sharp and crisp, it sports a 5.1-inch Super LCD 5 display with a 1,440 x 2,560 QHD resolution, topped off with a Corning Gorilla Glass 4, making it one heck of a smartphone with a durable screen.
The Spongiest Android
Out of the box, it runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow layered with the HTC Sense 8 UI – kind of expected, but it's still good news to hear nevertheless. As for the built-in user interface, that's typically determined to be good or bad depending on the owner's preference.
A Battery That Won't Quit
The folks over at HTC are apparently "obsessed with battery life," among other things. As a result, the engineers crammed a whopping 3,000 mAh battery pack into the smartphone to keep it alive throughout the day. That's a touch above the G5 and on the same level as the Galaxy S7.
It's packing an improved HTC BoomSound, featuring a new Hi-Fi Edition. That means audiophiles will have a blast with it.
No Love For CDMA
Unfortunately, it's expected to ditch CDMA and opt for GSM only. Sprint, U.S. Cellular and Verizon might miss out on the HTC 10 action, while AT&T and T-Mobile could keep all the fun for themselves, along with other GSM carriers, that is.
The Little Brother
It has a Mini-Me too, just like Dr. Evil, and as anticipated, it's called HTC 10 Mini. The smaller sibling is said to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 with 4 GB of RAM as well, and it's rumored to roll out in September.
Leaks On The HTC Boat
The HTC ship is filled with holes, spewing out plenty of juicy details right before the official April 12 unveiling. Needless to say, all of the information so far are from the leaks. On an interesting note, the latest one that surfaced comes from GSM Helpdesk (translated), and it shows the HTC 10 in black.
The 32 GB model of the HTC 10 could have an asking price of NT$22,900, while the 64 GB variant priced at NT$24,900. That's approximately $706 and $768 respectively. According to rumors, it could hit the shelves in the same month of its introduction, but as usual, a generous serving of salt is recommended.
If the details above tickled your imagination, the latest leaked HTC 10 promotional video shows the latest flagship smartphone from all angles: