HTC 10 sports unlockable bootloader and a warranty to go with it

HTC 10 sports unlockable bootloader and a warranty to go with it
The new HTC 10 will feature a couple of models, depending on the markets and carriers it is sold at - Russia and India, for instance, are getting the HTC 10 Lifestyle with Snapdragon 652 and 3 GB of RAM, instead of 4 GB. In the US, we are getting the Snapdragon 820 version, and one Unlocked variant that you can preorder as we speak, with shipping starting in about two weeks.

That model, which is sold on HTC's own website, is apparently coming with an unlockable bootloader, promising oodles of hacking and modding fun for an already great handset with polished software. Here's HTC's statement on the matter:

So, as far as the currently available for preorder version on HTC's site goes, it seems to be mod-friendly, and HTC even stated that certain warranty events will be covered, regardless of the unlockable bootloader, or, rather, it inferred it as an opposing statement: "not all claims resulting or caused by the unlocking of the bootloader will be covered by the warranty." So far, so good, if it wasn't that pesky issue with the $699 pricing for the unlocked HTC 10, of course, but to each their own. The carrier versions might be cheaper, if subsidized, yet they come with all sorts of restrictions and software update delays.

source: XDA-Devs

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  • 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. ishaqthkr

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Phone's already pretty simple and has the stock android apps, which is cool.

2. Alter

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

Being "mod-friendly" is one of HTC's biggest strengths. If this phone had a removable battery and on screen buttons then I would probably get it.

5. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Then you'll probably wait forever. HTC10 is the closest to perfection among all flagships released in 2016.

8. Alter

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

Yeah removable batteries are becoming more and more rare, I'm probably going to have to compromise in some area. I'm willing to wait until the end of the year to get a new phone, waiting to see what Motorola and Nexus phones bring. This HTC 10 does seem pretty good I must admit.

3. HTCM9

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 29, 2015

You can still use onscreen buttons on this phone

6. AlikMalix unregistered

I love this. I love how companies listen to their customers when they're desperate to attract buyers. Every company should be the underdog at some point - it makes a better product. Hoping Apple get hit hard soon (as it seems to start happening right now) to really make another product that changes something in this world (or any company for that matter). Look at samsungs recent financial history, then look at samsung products now - gorgeous designs and lighter touchwiz. Go HTC!!!

11. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Who knows, maybe Apple will just let jailbreak happen Nah

16. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Your most reasonable comment ever. gj

19. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I don't understand why it has to come down to this why a company must suffer tough times before it starts listening to its customers? We saw this in the American Auto industries, The American Appliance industries etc.. Why must CEO and Boards believe they know better than the actual people who use the product day in and out. Its like having Generals or president who has never been in the military or war ( seen the horrors and ravages of it ) telling the front line generals and commanders what to do. And here, Sorry to say it, I am looking at Tim Cook ( knowing that the iPhone 6 should have come with OIS takes a blurry, as hell, picture at the Superbowl and then post it. Not understanding he was going to get ripped for it. Or John Ives sitting in his ivory tower saying that the design of the iPhone SE is magnificent. Why not just listen to its buyers and add the features they are requesting and not wait for bad quarter earning calls?

7. karas

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

This is what is needed. Let the developers do the magic. I can see another HTC HD2 in making !!!

9. Shocky unregistered

Great, nice to see a flash friendly phone.

12. tokuzumi

Posts: 1999; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

US models will be locked down like Fort Knox

15. talon95

Posts: 1007; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

T-mobile is likely unlocked, nice to see HTC coming through for us in a few areas Samsung didn't.

17. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

More competition = better products for all of us. I like what HTC did this round as well. It'll push Samsung as well. One thing which HTC did that I hope Samsung does is to continue to lighten up by removing duplicate apps and only keeping the apps that add more functionality than their Google equivalents, such as the Camera app. Make the duplicate apps separate and available for download on Google Play/Samsung app store if anyone wants it.

18. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Could not agree more. I love that there are no duplicate apps. Lets hope that other OEMs follow.

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