After what seemed like a multitude of leaks and teasing, HTC has officially taken the wraps off their latest flagship handset: the HTC 10. While many smartphone OEMs took the opportunity at MWC 2016 to unveil their latest and greatest handsets, HTC instead opted to skip on the opportunity and saved the announcement for a later date, which is today.
Unsurprisingly given how accurate rumors and leaks are today, it seems that most of them have been proven to be true. Starting with the design, this is indeed a marked departure for HTC who has over the years been sticking to a very familiar design with their HTC One M-series of flagship smartphones.
With the HTC 10, the company has opted to create a more elegant and sleek-looking device which seems to have drawn some inspiration from the iPhone 6/6s, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The phone will sport a 5.2-inch QHD display and under the hood, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4GB of RAM can be found.
On the back of the phone, HTC has packed a 12MP UltraPixel camera that has optical image stabilization and a relatively wide aperture of f/1.8. The camera is also capable of capturing 4K video and stereo 24-bit Hi-Res audio recording, meaning that videos captured on your phone’s camera should have slightly better audio quality compared to what other handsets are offering these days.
There is also a 3,000mAh battery and HTC has packed a rapid charger that can charge the phone up to 50% in 30 minutes. For those worried about the heat that it might produce, the charger can apparently draw the heat out from the phone to make things a bit safer. If this sounds like a phone you’ve been waiting for HTC to make all these years, the HTC 10 will be available for pre-order starting today with prices beginning at $699 for the 32GB model and will begin shipping in early May.