HTC 10 is official: SD 820, 4GB RAM, and a rather compelling camera setup in tow

After a cavalcade of leaks and hearsay, HTC announced its anticipated flagship smartphone for 2016, the HTC 10. Undoubtedly, it has all the potential to atone for HTC's not-so-exciting previous top-shelf phones. At least on paper, the HTC 10 looks like it might just deliver.

So, what does the HTC 10 bring to the table? First of all, we have a rather major name change: it's called the HTC 10, unlike HTC's former champs, which boasted the "One" lineup designation, followed by "M". While it might be a bit confusing for HTC die-hards, we welcome the change. It's also a good marketing move on HTC's end.


Here are the specs of the HTC 10 at a glance:

  • 5.2" Quad HD Super LCD 5 display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset for USA / different Qualcomm chipsets elsewhere
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32/64GB storage options. microSD card slot (up to 2TB)
  • 12MP UltraPixel 2 rear camera with 1.55um pixels and f/1.8 aperture, OIS, laser autofocus, RAW, 4K video recording, Pro camera mode, hyperlapse
  • 5MP front-facing camera with ultra-wide lens, OIS, 1.34um pixels and f/1.8 aperture
  • Two BoomSound speakers with Dolby Audio, woofer + tweeter, 3 noise-cancelling mics
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • HTC Sense 8 UI atop Android 6.0 Marshmallow 
  • Fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C
  • Color options: Carbon Grey, Glacier Silver, Topaz Gold, Camellia Red

Design: glass up front, chamfered metal at the back

Moving on to the design, it seems the rumor mill was spot-on correct. We have a front glass panel that gently slopes to the side frame, which gradually transitions to an appealing chamfered edge at the rear. We can't attest to whether it will feel comfortable in the hand, but we hope it does. It seems the build of the phone is quite sturdy: HTC claims the flagship has been subjected to some pretty extensive durability and temperature tests to ensure that it will be a resilient handset. 

Now, it seems that the signature Boomsound speakers are going nowhere, but unfortunately, they are no longer stereo ones. Alas! We have two speakers on board, with a woofer at the bottom that is delivers lower frequencies and a tweeter at the top that conveys the rest of the audio spectrum. 

That's not all, though! Audiophiles, gather around: looks like the HTC 10 arrives with an improved headphone amp, capable of delivering twice the output of a conventional amp, as well as upscale 16-bit audio to 24-bit. A high-quality DAC has also made the cut.

The fingerprint reader embedded in the physical home button à la Samsung is reportedly capable of unlocking the phone in 0.2 s after a successful fingerprint has been input. HTC claims the scanner is an adaptive one, meaning that it will get faster the more you use it. 

The 3,000mAh battery at the back seemingly arrives with Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging. HTC 10 users will be able to get roughly 50% of battery juice after a 30-minute charge session.

Hardware: no compromise, at least in the USA

No surprises here - the HTC 10 is powered by Qualcomm's finest chip at the moment, the Snapdragon 820. We have known this for a while, as even Qualcomm recently bragged that HTC has embraced the top-end silicon. The 64-bit quad-core chipset is ticking at 2.2GHz developed in collaboration with Samsung and relies on a 14nm manufacturing process. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 is already performing pretty great in devices like the Galaxy S7 and LG G5, and according to some hearsay, the HTC 10 might be surpassing these two. We can't wait to put it to the test.

What is surprising is that only the good ol' US of A will be getting the Snapdragon 820 chipset. Emerging markets and undisclosed other markets will have to be content with a lower-end Qualcomm chipset.

Memory-wise, we have the ample amount of 4GB of RAM aboard, which is already a standard for the high-end Android crop. In terms of available storage, the 10 arrives in two flavors - 32GB in the basic version and 64GB in the top-end one. That's more than welcome, though we are a bit saddened by the lack of a 128GB model. 

Worry not, there's also a microSD card slot on board, which is compatible with all microSD cards up to 2TB in size. Sorry, owners of 3TB microSD cards!

Camera: third time's a charm?

And now, the camera. This has been the most often-criticized component in HTC's flagships for the past two years, but it looks like the third time (or fourth, if you consider the One M7 a failure) might be a charm. In order to prepare for the arduous task, HTC put a 12MP second-gen UltraPixel sensor at the back of the 10. It comes with a rather large f/1.8 aperture and 1.55um pixels, which hints at potentially strong low-light game. There's optical image stabilization, laser autofocus, and a slew of intriguing camera features. 

The most interesting among these is Pro mode, which will most likely end up being manual camera controls; additionally, there seems to be hyperlapse, 4K video recording, Auto HDR, 12X slow-mo video capture (whatever that means), and Zoe Capture, which is similar to Apple's Live Photos and Samsung's Motion Photo though predates both. RAW photo capture has also made the cut. 

Up front, there seems to be a 5MP wide-angle selfie camera with 1.34um pixels, large f/1.8 aperture, and optical image stabilization. Nifty! 

Sense 8 UI: customized Android 6.0 Marhsmallow, sans clutter

The HTC 10 arrives with HTC Sense 8 UI, which is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Now, what is exciting here is that HTC has decided to ditch some of its own apps and wholeheartedly embrace Google's alternatives, thus eliminating the clutter. This means you won't get two calendar apps, three messaging apps, or a couple of galleries. That's commendable!

The new user interface arrives with a rather itneresting feature on board - just as we reported a few days ago, Sense UI sports Freestyle layouts, which enables users to customize their home screens to great extents. For example, users are not confined to the usual app grid - apps, widgets, and stickers can be freely moved around and customized. What's more, apps can be opened by tapping on stickers, allowing HTC 10 owners to clean up the clutter and create unique home screen setups.

Oh, and worry not, theme support is still here!

Price and availability

It seems that HTC 10 will cost $699 at launch and be available on Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. An unlocked variant available in Glacier Silver and Carbon Gray will be up for grabs from HTC's offical website. Pre-orders are starting today, April 12, with units shipping in early May.

Related phones

  • Display 5.2" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(27h 3G talk time)



1. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015


3. vangoor

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 06, 2015

OIS front and back

23. Rafishant

Posts: 408; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

I don't know why HTC launched the new flagship in a dinning room? Don't they have enough money for a major hall launch event?

43. perfectnine

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

There, nitpicking again. Not only do people nitpick about the phone, now they nitpick about how it is in a damned dining room.

167. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

And it is a damn bad camera again... Every review is pointing towards the bad performance of a camera... They can't utilize the great imx377 sensor properly... HTC will remain a f**ked up camera phone company for forever...


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I don't know what reviews you've been watching, dude

170. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

And I don't know why you are not keeping an eye on different camera comparisons on different websites... Htc 10's camera is way better than before but still fall short of the competition... please google HTC 10 vs s7 vs 6p camera and then go to androidheadlines's comparison and some others. Then you will see that the HTC 10 is trailing behind the competition... Please don't fascinate out of your own mind and learn to make up your mind from results...

171. Dr.SamX

Posts: 245; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

I don't know in what universe you are living, but I saw many camera reviews that were pretty awesome!

49. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

They lost a lot of money lately.

125. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Thanks Man.

7. RichardYarell

Posts: 67; Member since: Mar 24, 2016

It's no surprised it doesn't have, huge pimp slap for HTC one of the ugliest device it's comical, barf on HTC

27. perfectnine

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

I will gladly buy this phone and pimp slap the hell out of you and stuff the M9 into you and put you into a coffin. Then I will nail it using the HTC 10. Sadly there is OIS, so barf on you this time!

92. f35hunter

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

SD 820 is a killer feature to me!!!!1

128. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Don't feed this troll bro. All he wants is attention

30. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Will you shut the f**k up old man?

38. Hyperreal

Posts: 363; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Just ignore the troll. let it die alone.

40. maherk

Posts: 7054; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I really hope you're not the guy in the picture, because it will be extremely pathetic that someone this old, have nothing better to do other than troll HTC's articles.

154. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Yup! He's the guy in the picture. Spews the same garbage over on Google + and Twitter. He's pathetic.

48. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I wonder how you get the green thumbs for this statement. Multiple account perhaps?

54. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

LOL @ the multiple accounts from the man himself

59. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

He's BobbyBuster v2.0

76. arcmess007

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 19, 2015

Who the hell he is???

94. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I know who he is and we've met before, but I can't reveal any more details

103. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Can you slap him for us? :)

129. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Does he live under a bridge?

87. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

This phone looks seriously ugly and definitely a copy of samsung phone. Not to mention htc has bad customer service. Say no to htc.

106. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yeah the back side of the phone really look like a samsung phone... idiot!

96. adityabnrj

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

i m sure ur mother barfed wen u were born! tragic

127. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Please shut up D*CK. This is a sure win for HTC

69. dimas

Posts: 3446; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Obviously you didn't read the article

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