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resh out of development from the company labs in Taiwan, the HTC ten is not only a new flagship smartphone: it is a around-full overhaul.

First impressions final so significantly they’ve been great. Oh, and they dropped the “M”.

I’m one to enthuse in excess of technical specs, so let’s get to them right away.

The HTC ten utilizes a sixty four-little bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor, clocked at two.2GHz. That is supplemented by 4GB of RAM, as does a Adreno 530 chip for graphics processing.

Wi-fi specs consist of LTE network help for speeds up to 450MBps is joined by the regular NFC/Bluetooth/GPS/GLONASS/802.11ac WiFi radio set up. Storage falls on the 32GB (or 64GB) offered internally, with microSD card enlargement up to 2TB and help for adaptive storage (storing apps on the card).

Just as important, the display: a 5.two-inch display screen at 2K resolution, at 564 pixels-for each-inch (bleeding edge?). The tech beneath is Super Liquid crystal display 5, layered with Gorilla Glass for safety. Also on the entrance: a fingerprint sensor with .two second unlock, with help for Google Now, payments and unlocking the phone when the screen is off.

For imaging purposes, the HTC ten utilizes what the company is branding as, “Ultra Pixel 2”. It means larger pixels at one.55 microns each, for a total of 12 megapixels with 4K video clip recording, at f/one.eight. OIS (optical picture stabilization) is offered on both of those the again and entrance cameras, as is laser-assisted autofocus.

As for the entrance: it is a 5MP shooter, with one.34 micron pixels and f/one.eight aperture. Thankfully, the rear-digital camera bump is kept to a least.

Shock! USB-C is here — electricity in, electricity out.

As for battery and electricity: the HTC ten utilizes a 3,000mAh battery that the company claims lasts 48 hrs for “everyday usage” —  that range is absolutely up for debate some thing that I’ll be bringing up in the evaluate. USB C, but no wireless charging, which is wonderful by most specifications.

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Software program is of training course Google’s Android variation M, with HTC’s Sense layer on leading. Tweaked and tuned to be lighter on its toes than ahead of, it is a development we’ve seen with lots of Android suppliers who’ve uncovered that the core Android practical experience should be preserved, in the 10’s case, the pull-down notification drawer.

Blinkfeed and HTC Zoe — HTC’s news timeline and picture curating apps — continue to be. On the other hand, HTC has taken a liking to Google Photos and Participate in Songs, ditching their customized gallery and audio apps in the course of action — that is properly accomplished. 

What about BoomSound? It’s nevertheless here, but with changes…

HTC BoomSound has also been revamped here: the entrance speaker, which also doubles as the earpiece, is a tweeter. The speaker holes at the bottom stop of the device are actually the woofer. Equally speakers have focused amps for amplified electricity and good quality.

In truth, the HTC ten is really significantly an audiophile’s device: 4K video clip can be shot with 24-little bit 96KHz audio, with 2x frequency assortment and stereo recording. A 24-little bit DAC and DSP are existing, as nicely as a 3.5mm headphone jack with one volt out makes certain that highly-priced headphones really reward from the application audio functions.

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Basically, HTC is so keen on catering to audio-heads that a “hearing test” attribute of types is created into the HTC ten. Certain frequencies that people can (or just can’t) hear can be boosted and equalized this functions with all streaming audio from the device to particular person headphones.

HTC could possibly have some thing here with the ten — if folks purchase into it. 

So, what is it all like?

The aluminum unibody stuck close to this 12 months, with a weight of 161g and the addition of a chamfered edge close to the again, making it much easier to maintain and non-slippery. It’s quick to open up apps, which includes the digital camera, which is also very snappy, even on the first try.

Identity is in a lot of factors, a make a difference of urgency for HTC. Their attraction as a flagship maker of Android telephones arrived below some scrutiny with the A single M9, which arrived and went in our memory as an incremental update. In the long run, it did not deliver real, very long-expression results to the manufacturer, but at first whiff the HTC ten is potent plenty of to alter some of that sentiment.

As for availability? Pre-orders get started today at HTC.com for $699. Guidance for AT&T and T-Mobile radios are on the design sold straight a transport date is established sometime in May possibly.