So, the HTC 10 has two loudspeakers after all, but they are not for stereo

Well, folks, after months of leaks and speculation, the HTC 10 is finally out. Unfortunately, there's not much there to surprise us, as the rumor mill and the leaksters pretty much had the phone's specs and looks nailed. However, there was some ambiguity around HTC's proprietary BoomSound speakers. The stereo front-firing grilles, which first made an appearance with the original HTC One were completely absent from all the leaked renders and photos, which led us to think that stereo BoomSound is gone, much like how the single speaker-equipped HTC One A9 foreshadowed.

Unfortunately, yes, the stereo front-firing concept is not present on the HTC 10, but the phone does utilize two speakers. Its earpiece doubles as one of the loudspeakers, while the other one is found tucked away on the bottom of the handset. Naturally, such an assymetrical placement can't possibly have the two speakers sounding identical, so HTC chose to capitalize on the differences. The bottom speaker is used more as a sub-woofer, which makes sense, seeing as bottom-mounted drivers can usually be bigger and bassier. The earpiece is tuned to sound off in the higher frequency-spectrum. HTC calls this system “BoomSound Hi-Fi edition”.

So that's settled then — the phone may not have true stereo, but just might be the best-sounding handset of 2016, if what HTC says about the new speakers is true. We are also very curious how that would sound when the phone is turned in landscape mode – would it annoy the listener? We'll have to get our hands on a unit and test it, of course. A little fun fact on the side — we do remember a time when HTC made fun of a certain phone for having its speaker on the bottom, it can be seen in the video below.

Another interesting addition to the phone's sound system is a software audio profiler. Basically, you will be able to run a series of hearing tests with the phone for it to “learn” how well you can hear different frequency spectrums — this is unique for every human, of course. Then, the device will be able to use that profile to fine-tune a personalized EQ, boosting frequencies and cutting others where needed, so that you would, theoretically, be able to enjoy a more “natural” sound.

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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. choata15

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

HTC battery life sucks = 3000 mah

5. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Well, the S7(exynos) does wonders with 3000 mAh. It's not the capacity, it's what you do with it. If you let the SD820 go to town with it, nothing will save the phone from dying in the middle of the day.

18. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

SD820 flagship like Xiaomi Mi 5(with the 3000mAh battery) have an excellent battery life according to GSMArena.

24. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Isn't that the one with underclocked SD820 version ? Also, it has 1080p display which helps in longer battery.

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

iPhone have way smaller battery than that, but still have nice battery life.. but it kinda small for android flagship class.. at 9mm thick, I know they can fit 4000mAh or even 5000mAh battery inside it

34. FrenchGuy

Posts: 134; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

That's true for the 5 SE, 6 plus, 6s and 6s plus but it is clearly false for previous iPhones.

38. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

If apple use QHD display on their iphones, it may suck the battery life

20. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

How about get a life?

23. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

3000mAh without SuperAMOLED is mediocre, not to mention the resolution is bumped up to 2k.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

When you consider that there's a native that'll let you render things in FHD instead of QHD, no it'd not. Besides, this thing is quoted at 27 hours of talk time. I'd say they're doing well with battery.

2. choata15

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The excusecthey're give is: it will last 2 days just to grab buyers in.

6. goingtocanada

Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

The batterly life this phone has is probably going to last long enough to stick it and get 50% in 30 minutes, dont be mad friend.

37. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

So you used it?

29. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Success of this unit and HCT, is going to hinge on pricing; lowering the price by 20% should do the trick. If they try to keep it on par with other flagship devices, they are done.

31. sasch

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

this is another G5 in the making, there is nothing new, all the HTC M series is the same yes it sure looks better build then the G5 but the screen is to small to much bezel, speakers are good but they where fine already on the m7 camera is good but hey if they dont get it right this time then they are truly F... the phone had to be better then everything on the marked so far and to be honest without sounding like fan boy (Which i am not) Samsung did everything right this year. now its apples turn the only company that could take it away from Samsung this year.

41. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Your forgetting about the 2016 nexus device(s).

42. dazed1

Posts: 811; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

They should be ashamed, Hi-Fi without stereo is BS.

43. skywalker

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 05, 2014

This topic is simply inaccurate. HTC 10 DOES offer stereo separation along with their mid-high & bass separation, just like the current iPhone 7 / iPhone 7 Plus. I suggest reviewers here and everyone interested to actually go listen to one. I am surprised no one commented about this anywhere in phonearena. The new reviews of iPhone 7 (plus) should really also reference & compare between HTC 10 for their speakers part to give many people a very good idea of their quality in comparison. HTC 10 did come up with this exact configuration first, many many months ago.

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