If you’ve been keeping up with the news recently, you’re probably aware that today is the day that HTC finally unveiled its mega-hyped HTC M10 – or as it is now officially known as, the HTC 10. The hype train has been going strong these past several weeks, and not from the mouths of just anybody, but straight from HTC themselves.
So does the HTC 10 live up to all of the hype? The short answer: Yes it does.
#powerof10 has been the official slogan of the HTC 10 over the past few weeks, and we can now see that the "power of 10" is indeed a good thing. But first, let’s dive into the HTC 10’s official spec list to get started:
So here we see that spec-wise, HTC has arrived with a contender that is competitive with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5, two flagships that were announced and released within the last month.
When it comes to the device’s design, you’ll notice that enough has changed to make it stand out from the previous One M devices, but it’s the aluminum unibody back resembles prior devices enough to make it familiar. But if it feels like you’ve seen this device somewhere before, it’s probably because it resembles closer to the HTC One A9 rather than its One M predecessors. This means that the new HTC 10 now includes a physical home button, which acts as its fingerprint sensor.
HTC claims that the device’s battery will last up to 2 days (with "normal" use), and that it only takes 30 minutes to charge the phone back up to a full days’ worth of battery. While HTC didn’t keep the dual front-facing speakers, there are still two speakers on the device; they’re now located that the top end of the front of the device, and also on the bottom underneath it.
The HTC 10 currently comes in 2 colors: Silver and Black, although a third, gold option was shown in the unveiling video. The device will retail for $699 full price for the 32GB version, and we're still waiting on the official price for the 64GB version - but I imagine it's somewhere around $799. Pre-orders begin today, while HTC will begin shipping orders in “early May”.
Oddly enough, T-Mobile and AT&T seems to be the only two US carriers that support this device, although there is an unlocked version available to purchase. We will update this article when we find out more. EDIT: CDMA carriers Sprint and Verizon look to be supported, but users will have to purchase the unlocked version of this phone.