TECHNOLOGY Tuesday #31 – HTC Reveals Next Flagship Phone

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Small Improvements that make a big difference.

Today HTC had finally lifted the veil off the next edition of their One line of smartphones, the HTC 10. The phone offers subtle, yet significant, changes, combining aspects of the M9 and A9 models of last year. First and foremost, the design of the phone is smooth and sleek, having an all aluminum unibody, save for the plastic antenna bands. The screen is 5.2-inch, quad HD Super LCD 5 display, making colors much more vibrant than last years models, is covered in curvy edged gorilla glass that melds into the phone’s frame. The phone finally delivers a fingerprint home button to HTC on a wider scale, first appearing on the HTC M9 Plus, which was exclusive to Europe and Asia. HTC also decided to bring back actual buttons this time, having software buttons on their last 3 One models.

Internally, the phone is a powerhouse, housing a Snapdragon 820 processor and 4 GB of ram. HTC has reported that the goal in software and hardware upgrades for the 10 was to create a faster touch response, increasing it by up to 50%. The 3,000mAh is said to be good for up to 2 days of use, and this time around HTC has forgone the microUSB charger for the new USB Type – C port.

Audio has been more of a priority this time around, with the 10 containing a new high resolution audio system with up to 24-bit sound quality, as well as customizable audio profile that sets specifically to your ears. Though the phone comes with hi-res certified headphones, HTC has also partnered with JBL to produce a pair of noise cancelling earbuds that work through the USB type-c port.

Probably the biggest improvements from previous models come in the camera. Opting for a 12 megapixel camera in the back, with laser autofocus, and a 5 megapixel selfie camera, HTC promises better low light imaging as well as 4k video recording. The phone even recieved the highest markings from the DxOMark, which reviews smartphone cameras.

From the surface, all the improvements made this year set this phone up to be HTC’s best yet. Only time will tell once reviews are in if it stood up to the test. You can check out and preorder the 10, which drops next month, here.