HTC 10 announced, call me unimpressed

HTC have just announced their brand new flagship, the HTC 10 but forgive me for being unimpressed with their latest baby. Let’s take a look at the specs first which sees a major focus on cameras but really only brings it up to what other flagships are doing right now. The UltraPixel sensor is returning to the rear with a 12MP sensor and an aperture of f/1.8 and OIS which is nice to see. The front camera sensor is a 5MP unit with what HTC is calling the ‘UltraSelfie’ camera and surprisingly it also has OIS, a first for a smartphone best I can tell. Sadly while the rear camera on paper looks good will it really offer anything better or close to say the Galaxy S7, the OIS is promising though especially for low light.

HTC 10

Next up is processors, a Snapdragon 820 with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage, good but nothing no one else isn’t doing already. There is a 3,000mAh battery on board, this is much smaller than I would like and even though the screen is only 5.2" they really should have made a bigger battery. Regarding the screen, the resolution is 2,560 x 1,440 with a PPI of 564 which is very good but I would not expect anything less to be fair.

In an odd move HTC have moved the speakers to the very top and bottom of the device, no Boom Sound speakers that were so amazing previously, instead they call these BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition. Unfortunately while HTC might well think these will sound great and they probably will, so long as you are not holding the phone playing a game and covering them with your hand, I would still have love to see the units from the HTC One Max.

HTC have also tweaked HTC Sense to remove bloatware and only over apps that will serve a user well, a commendable thing. Lastly the HTC 10 will feature USB Type C which will annoy many people but ultimately it’s the way forward so just stock up on some spare cables. However considering the HTC will retail at £569 I think they have fallen some ways short of what flagship users expect in their uber expensive phones.

The HTC 10 is available to pre-order now from here.

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