HTC 10 Smartphone To Be Offered By Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint; But Not By AT&T
HTC has officially announced its newest flagship device, the HTC 10. As can be expected of any major smartphone release from the Taiwanese phone maker, the HTC is a high end smartphone offering with plenty of impressive specifications and features. But in an incredibly competitive Android smartphone market, it is somewhat puzzling that HTC’s latest high profile device will be offered by only three of the Big Four wireless carriers in the United States. Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and Sprint are on board, but not AT&T. Still, HTC is planning to sell an unlocked version of the HTC 10 smartphone that should work with the networks of AT&T and T-Mobile. The device should start shipping in the early part of May with a price of $699.
HTC’s latest flagship smartphone comes with a 5.2 inch Quad HD Super LCD 5 display screen that features 564 pixel per inch density. This is flanked by a rear side camera with the Taiwan based mobile manufacturer’s new generation UltraPixel sensor with optical image stabilization (OIS) and a bright f/1.8 lens, and a front side camera with an f/1.8 lens, screen flash, and the distinction of being the only selfie camera that comes with OIS.
Inside its sleek, metal frame, the HTC 10 smartphone is equipped with a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chip set, with a twin core 2.15 GigaHertz Kryo and twin core 1.6 GigaHertz Kryo central processing unit (CPU), as well as an Adreno 530 graphics processing unit (GPU), supported with 4 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) and 32 gigabytes or 64 gigabytes of onboard memory. The device has a nonremovable 3,000 mAh battery, and is powered by Google’s Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
As far as looks go, the HTC 10 appears to be a cross between the M9 and the A9, with an all aluminum frame that comes with big chamfered edges and machined ports. The fingerprint reader is situated below the display screen, flanked by a couple of capacitive buttons for back and recent mobile apps, which differs from previous HTC’s flagship device releases.
Now for the features -- the smartphone has a high resolution audio system, plus a headphone amp that can produce two times as much volume as other handsets out there. It comes with Hi-Res-certified earphones (with noise cancelling capabilities courtesy of JBL), and has the ability to wirelessly play music via AirPlay-certified speakers, the first time an Android smartphone can do so. HTC has promised that the Android software in the HTC 10 is far more enhanced, even going as far as likening the device to a Google Nexus handset.
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