HTC 10 to come with high-res earphones in certain regions only

HTC 10 to come with high-res earphones in certain regions only
UPDATE: We got a rebuttal from HTC's Jeff Gordon, saying that the unlocked HTC 10 also won't sport the new hi-res earphones in the box. Sigh.

If we had to single out one differentiating factor in the new HTC 10, it wouldn't be the brand new 12 MP camera with larger than typical pixels, or the one-of-a-kind optical image stabilization system for the front camera, which you may or may not appreciate unless you are heavily into video chats.

These are all welcome, but the real unique proposition is the phone's audio prowess, as it sports two BoomSound speakers with a setup that resembles that of the Huawei P9 Plus - a tweeter at the top that doubles as an earpiece, and one woofer at the bottom for the base sound. While mimicking the setup of a good audio system on a phone won't fool any audiophile, the HTC 10 certainly offers more in the audio department than most other Android phones, so that is one true differentiation factor in its favor.

In addition, there is a headphone amp that apparently delivers much stronger output than is typical for a phone; combined with the dedicated DAC and the ability to upscale towards 24–bit audio, music listening should be one of a kind with the HTC 10. The sound story doesn't end here though, as we noticed a brand new set of hi-res earphones quoted to be in the box. Apparently, "these Hi-Res audio certified earphones feature an 8µm thin aerospace-grade polymer diaphragm and 70% oversized drivers to pump out richer sound across twice the frequency range."

Dedicated earphones to go with the dedicated DAC and amps on the HTC 10 sound great on paper, but what miffed us a bit was the fine print: "Inbox accessories may vary from country to country. Please check with an authorized retailer or operator for availability." Well, we checked with HTC, and it turns out that the high-res set will be included in the box of the Unlocked HTC 10 variation that you can preorder on its site right now. As for the carrier versions, when they hit the shelves, the HTC people said that they will most likely ship with regular headphones in the box. Looking at T-Mobile's crazy unboxing video, there are no high-res buds around the carton indeed. There you have it - that $699 price for the unlocked version straight from HTC just got a bit more palatable, after all.

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. TBomb

Posts: 1707; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Someone run a battery test so we can see if it really has 2 day life like it's said to have!


Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

That wouldn't have anything to do with the music then. They flamed 2 days of regular use which I'm sure wouldn't include the use of a music player especially with a DAC involved. A DAC uses battery like a air conditioner uses more gas in a car but just like an air conditioner it's totally worth using .

38. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

With a 3000mah battery, and knowing for a fact the SnapDragon is not as efficient with power as the Exynos, even with both using 14NM platforms, I would say no it wont get 2 days. The ony way to get 2 days, is not using the phone. The Note 3 with its battery woudl last me 2.5 days on a single charge, as long as I didnt play any games other than bejeweled. But when I played NFS, it would just died in roughly 4 hours. Even the Note 5 with a bigger battery, will die on me in less than 5 if I played a real game. Right now, it last 2 full work days based on my usage. But my total on-screen time in 2 days is less than 5 hours total.

2. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I'm a music lover and this have my eyes open

7. tyrionTheWise unregistered

If you are a music lover, then you will throw this in the bin, since you would have a much higher quality set anyway.

14. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Still a very nice addition over the carrier ear buds

22. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Yes he will be carrying his set everywhere.

40. romeo1

Posts: 825; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

a music lover doesn't mean audiophile

49. KParks23

Posts: 748; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

I'm sure he means on the go this should be a great phone for music on the go get u a nice set of sennheisers and ur good not sure how good this headset is

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I honestly think this just may be the best phone they have ever made.

5. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

In 3 years, one to 10 #realquick

8. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Now how fast can they get to 100?

39. Erikronao

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

More like from one to 2 (10 means 2 in decimal in binary number system language). Took them long enough for a real sequel. Lol

4. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I wish Microsoft add this to future windows phone I love music and Iwant to hear it in best way possible, I really do not want to go back on android, been there for a few years in a row, I get bored, if I stay with same operating system for too long . . I hope Microsoft fans start a petition for this

6. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I can understand why it won't come to my ATT, since tmobile and sprint and Verizon with droid series always selling well on those carriers while windows phone always sold better on at&t and that's why it did not come to Verizon and with Verizon messing up the icon to not get the drivers updated for windows 10 update would even make me stay away from Verizon in the future if I was Microsoft

9. w1000i

Posts: 251; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

This headset has 13mm driver >>> Enormously big

10. ZeneticX

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

This is one thing that will justify the high selling price. I'm waiting for reviews at Head Fi

11. tyrionTheWise unregistered

HTC went all out on this phone, not leaving a stone unturned. That's what was lacking from S7. This is the best phone you can get, and will probably remain so for a while until the new iPhone gets released.

12. waqarzec

Posts: 77; Member since: May 09, 2013

It will be better than iPhone

20. tyrionTheWise unregistered

It won't be. The A10 will be more than enough to make it better than any 820 phone. Heck, even the A9 beats the 820 in most workloads and doesn't guzzle nearly as much battery.

23. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

I doubt that raw power make a phone awesome. I think it's the experience which does.

13. ZeneticX

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

there's no single BEST PHONE nowadays. Every phone comes with their own PROS and CONS

18. tyrionTheWise unregistered

S7 has nothing over HTC 10, unless you consider touchwiz or late updates as pros.

21. ZeneticX

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

I generally consider your comments to be valuable inputs compared to the majority as they usually come with actual facts and technical details to back up. But this 1 sounds just like any other fanboy comments here.

17. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yes they did leave a stone unturned, they should have made it waterproofed to. Still a great phone this time from HTC.

19. tyrionTheWise unregistered

It's splash resistant. More than good enough without sacrificing speaker quality.

32. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Ha, tyrion I though you don't care much about phone speaker, and disregard the clear advantage of waterproofing? htc fans now are you?

34. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Yes, I don't care about sound quality. But I do care if it's not loud enough, since i need it for calls and alarms. Waterproofing makes speaker muffled.

24. HTCM9

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 29, 2015

I think sound quality is more important than water proofing. Water proofing reduced volume output on s7

26. Mrmark

Posts: 426; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

But the waterproofing needed up the speaker sound on the S7 /Edge

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