What we do know is that Samsung has integrated some fancy water-cooling technology in its new handsets. The water-filled pipes should help the chipset (whichever it is) stay cool, and so be able to run at top speed for longer than usual.
The M10 looks to be heading down the same path. A leak has claimed that it will use the Sony IMX377 camera sensor, which is 12 megapixels and has bigger still 1.55um pixels. That too has a phase detect autofocus system. We saw the sensor in action on the recent Nexus 5X handset and were very impressed.
It should be noted that there is something a bit strange going on with the display. In particular, the bottom-right corner looks to be sticking over the white bezel. It is possible the display itself is damaged, or the image was edited or Photoshopped for reasons unknown. The picture does, however, line-up (design-wise) with that leaked earlier in the month:
With HTCinevitably going to launch its new flagship within the next couple of months, it is only a matter of time before the final design becomes known, or at least until some more leaks start to trickle out. In the meantime, feel free to leave your thoughts below and discuss what to make of the newest possible picture of what may potentially be the new One (but not that One).
Most notably, the A9's front panel has nearly identical curved glass edges. If it weren't for the HTC branding above the rectangular home button (versus the iPhone's round home button), it would be difficult to tell the two phones apart.
In 2015, HTC released the HTC One M9 smartphone, which was praised for its design, but criticized for being too similar to its predecessor, the HTC One (M8). To address the shortcomings of the M9, HTC released another new phone that year with a new design and hardware: the HTC One A9. The design of the HTC 10 is something of a mix of the M9 and the A9.
The HTC 10 features an aluminum body with a unibody design. The dual front-facing audio speakers from previous HTC smartphones (such as the HTC One M9) have been removed. The phone still has 2 speakers; however, one is on the top bezel, while the other is on the bottom edge of the phone. The HTC 10 also includes a fingerprint sensor under the 5.2-inch 1440x2560 Gorilla Glass 3 screen.
The internals of the HTC 10 are similar to its contemporary flagships. The HTC 10 includes the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4 GB RAM and Adreno 530 integrated graphics . The HTC 10 also features USB-C and Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0. The HTC 10 features a dedicated DAC (Digital Audio Converter) provided by Qualcomm.
The HTC 10 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the HTC Sense 8.0 skin. HTC updated unlocked handsets to Android 7.0 Nougat on November 25, 2016. The unlocked HTC 10 received the Android 8.0 Oreo update in early 2018.
The HTC 10 received generally positive reviews. In its review of the phone, CNET gave the device a 4 out of 5, supporting the design of the phone, the \"brilliant audio quality\", and the customizable user interface, while criticizing the phone's camera and battery life. The Verge gave the device a similar 8.0 out of 10, but viewed some aspects of the phone differently: it considered the device's \"reliable battery\", sound, software, and \"fast performance\" to be its strengths, while criticizing the HTC 10's \"boring design\", camera, and price. On the audio quality front, due to its inclusion of a dedicated DAC, Android Central praised the audio of the HTC 10 when using headphones connected to the headphone jack, saying of the experience, \"Spoiler: it sounds good. Damn good\"
Is this the real deal Evan has been correct in the past more times than we can probably count when it comes to leaks. But he also showed us this phone last year, which was supposed to be the HTC One M9. That image turned out to be not-so-correct. In other words, before we fully jump on HTC for the phone above, take this for what it is at the moment, just a purported leak.
A quick search for that model number brings up a server log that shows the phone likely being testing in the wild around January 20 and running Android 6.0.1 build MMB29M. That is the latest version of Android.
The new top model from HTC was presented on 12 April, 2016, and is now available for preorder. But the roughly $750 phone will not see delivery until mid-May 2016. Fabian Nappenbach, HTC's product director for Central Europe, told us in an interview at the launch event that there would be no exclusivity when it came to presales. The HTC 10 will thus be widely available from then on, in unlocked and carrier-branded variants. Also, there will be no exclusivity when it comes to the three color variants. The gray, silver and golden versions will be available to all on the open market and through carriers.
T-Mobile announced they are offering a deal for pre-orders of the HTC 10. If you order between May 18 and May 24 you can get the HTC Rapid Charger for quick charges and the HTC Ice View, the case that protects the device. You must pre-order this through T-Mobile and only while supplies last.
This is not a bad deal but it certainly isn't a good one. T-Mobile lists the price at $679.99 or $28.34 over 24 months and with prices that high the pot should be a bit sweeter. If T-Mobile wants to get new customers to buy a high-price flagship device then they should also offer a deep discount on the device as well.
The design of the HTC 10 will no doubt be a topic of heated debate once more, because HTC has largely stuck to the design of last year's models, as that of the One M7, M8 and M9. HTC has adjusted the phone so that it differs from its predecessors, but it has not abolished the HTC One design aesthetic.
The most striking design feature of the HTC 10 is the very wide, diamond-cut edges on the back of the device. These wide edges have received additional polishing, while the rest of the slightly curved back is brushed and has a shimmering matte appearance.
The wide diamond cut and the curved back of the HTC 10 makes it appear as though floating when laid flat, and offers it the impression of a very thin side profile. At its narrowest point, the HTC 10 is only 3 mm thick, while it is 9 mm thick at its center.
On the front of the device, HTC fans have become accustomed to a rather faceless smartphone, and the HTC 10 takes this further. The HTC logo between the fingerprint sensor and the display has disappeared, leaving a brandless smartphone behind. HTC has also modified the classic BoomSound stereo speaker, so that at the front, only one speaker can be seen, at the top of the device. The second speaker is placed out of sight on the lower part of the frame.
New to the HTC 10, two capacitive buttons are now located to the left and right of the fingerprint sensor, which also functions as the home button. thus HTC utilizes the entire 5.2-inch WQHD display for displaying content. No ugly black bar with software keys reduces the display size on the HTC 10.
In all, the changes in design from the One M9 to the HTC 10 seem small, but I, personally, have always welcomed a clear design philosophy from manufacturers. HTC brings a defined vision to its top smartphones, as Sony does to its product line, with the OmniBalance design principles. And, from a distance, smartphones like these from HTC and Sony are easily recognizable.
In practice, the colors are very rich and almost AMOLED quality. In our short time during the hands-on, the 5.2-inch display, with its 1,440 x 2,560 pixel resolution shone brightly and was easily legible even under direct light. A color shift was not noticeable even at shallow viewing angles.
The HTC 10 is the best phone the Taiwanese company builds right now. Accordingly, it should only come with the best hardware. For the CPU, HTC used the tetranuclear Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with a maximum clock speed of 2.2 GHz. It also packs an Adreno 530 graphics chip, 4GB of RAM and internal memory of 32 GB. The latter can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 2 TB capacity.
Phone with similar include the LG G5, or when it imported from China, the Xiaomi Mi 5. The latter had shown, during testing, that Qualcomm's newest processor delivers performance similar to the Exynos 8890 of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. So the HTC 10 is certainly powerful.
In benchmark tests, we see that the HTC 10 has similar performance to that of the LG G5 and Xiaomi Mi 5. However, neither these two other devices, nor the HTC 10, can displace the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge from first place in the benchmarks.
HTC smartphones are known for their BoomSound directional stereo speakers. With the HTC 10, stereo speakers are still installed, only with a slight difference this time. One speaker is now no longer on the front, but on the underside. The speaker above the display now acts as a tweeter and the speaker in the bottom of the frame is used for reproducing low frequencies.
In order to achieve an optimal sound experience on the HTC 10, the user needs to modulate the sound only once on their own hearing. To do this, you can conduct a hearing test, which is reminiscent of a test at the ear, nose and throat doctor. It plays sounds at different frequencies and you have to adjust the volume for as long as you can hear the tone. After the test, sound is then optimized to your own hearing. According to my ear, I perceived enhanced sound after this.
The HTC 10 has a 1/2.3-inch image sensor with 12 MP resolution in which the pixels are 1.55 microns in size. The aperture of the camera is large at f/1.8 and also comes with laser and hybrid autofocus to ensure fast focusing.
When reading the technical specifications of the camera, I noticed that it is highly likely that this module is already being used in another phone - such as the Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P. HTC has confirmed this suspicion. We can say with certainty that inside the HTC 10 is a Sony IMX377 sensor. Unlike the two Nexus smartphones, the HTC 10