HTC's best yet is an interesting evolution: HTC 10 reviewed
4.3Overall Score

Price (RRP): $TBA; Available on plans from Telstra and Virgin;
Manufacturer: HTC

HTC didn’t quite nail 2015’s flagship phone, so can the 2016 one turn the company around?

Specs

First up, let’s deal in the specs, because finding out what is inside this phone is just as important as using one, that way you know what you’re dealing with.

In the HTC 10, you’ll find Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820, a four-core processor clocked up 2.2GHz and running on a 64-bit architecture, which is also paired with a whopping 4GB RAM and 32GB of storage in Australia. If 32GB space isn’t enough, a microSD slot is provided to expand on this.

Google’s Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” arrives on this phone out of the box, equipped with the latest incarnation of HTC Sense, which the HTC says is more scaled back than previous versions.

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You’ll find a couple of cameras here, too, with a 12 megapixel “UltraPixel 2” camera here, which is HTC’s fancy way of saying a sensor with a larger pixel size, designed to let more light in when you’re taking photos. The pixel size on this rear 12MP camera sits at 1.55 micrometers, and this is matched with a low minimum aperture of f/1.8, laser autofocus and optical image stabilisation.

On the front, HTC has equipped the previous generation of UltraPixel technology, leveraging a 5 megapixel image on a 1.34 micrometer pixel-sized sensor, with its own f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilisation (OIS). Both cameras are capable of recording video, with the front-facing getting Full HD 1080p video, while the back can handle 4K Ultra HD, capturing the audio in 24-bit if needed.

And that 24-bit audio side of things is one HTC wants to talk about in the HTC 10, with this phone arriving with “Hi-Res Audio certification”, an on-board amplifier and digital-to-analogue converter, three microphones with noise cancellation, and support for Dolby Audio. As has been the case on the previous HTC One phones, HTC’s BoomSound stereo speakers are included, though the position of one has been moved, with one speaker sitting on the front at the top, while the other sits on the very bottom edge, set up as a tweeter at the top and a woofer at the bottom.

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Connections are pretty standard for a flagship device, so expect 802.11a/b/g/n and 802.11ac, 4G LTE supported at Category 9 (450Mbps down and 50Mbps up as a maximum), Bluetooth 4.2, Near-Field Communication, DLNA, GPS with GLONASS, Miracast, and a USB Type C port for charging, data transfer, and video output.

One new connection type has presented itself on the HTC 10, with this phone the first of its kind to get Apple AirPlay support, meaning you can send audio to a device supporting Apple’s streaming technology.

All of this sits under a 5.2 inch LCD, providing a resolution of 2560×1440 or “Quad HD”, and delivering a pixel clarity of 564 pixels per inch, over 200 higher than that of Apple’s original Retina-grade number. The screen is protected with a slightly curved variant of Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass.

On to the casing, and you’ll find a solid aluminium body here, holding in two physical buttons, with the volume rocker sitting above the power button along the right edge.

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Three soft buttons sit under the screen on the front, providing a back, home, and multi-task button, with no tactile feedback for the back or multi-task, while the home delivers haptic vibrating responses and a fingerprint sensor.