The slightly smug sounding “10” is the latest flagship Android handset from HTC. Boasting an all-metal aluminium chassis, a versatile UltraPixel camera and beefed-up specifications across the board, it’s easily one of the best smartphones that the Taiwanese vendor has released in quite a while. Here are the specs, pricing and launch details for Australia.
The HTC 10 is a powered by a current-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). It sports a 5.2-inch Quad HD display with a native resolution of 2560×1440 pixels and a 3000mAh battery that promises to deliver up to two days of battery life.
Other noteworthy specs include 32GB of onboard memory, a microSD card slot and a redesigned UltraPixel camera that HTC is billing as the best in the world. (It comes with a 12-megapixel sensor with 1.55um pixels, a f/1.8 lens aperture and optical image stabilisation.)
HTC will be available in Australia from May 3 for an outright price of $1099. (This is roughly in line with fellow Android flagships; the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5.) It will initially be available to buy outright from JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman. Naturally, all of Australia’s major telcos will also carry the device on a range of mobile plans (more details below.)
Here’s a look at the specifications:
|OS||Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with HTC Sense|
|Dimensions||145.9 x 71.9 x 9.0mm|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Processor|
|Memory||4GB RAM, 32GB (supports MicroSD up to 2TB)|
|Display||5.2 inch Quad HD IPS Quantum Display|
|Resolution||2560 x 1440 pixels (564 ppi)|
|Camera||12MP (1.55μm pixel) rear camera / 5MP (1.34μm pixels) front camera|
Telstra will sell the HTC 10 on “a range of Go Mobile plans”, although the plan the telco recommends is the $95 per month Go Mobile plan, which has only $2 of monthly mobile repayment and includes 6GB of data. To sign up for news on Telstra’s HTC 10 release plans, you can submit an expression of interest on the Telstra website.
Optus will give you the HTC 10 on any of its 24-month postpaid plans, and the plan that Optus recommends is $80 per month, with $7 of monthly handset repayments — that includes 6GB of data. You can already pre-order the HTC 10 through Optus for a May 3 delivery on the telco’s website.
Vodafone will sell you an HTC 10 on all its different 24-month plans, although the telco recommends a $70 per month plan with $10 extra for mobile repayments with a generous 7GB of data. You’re already able to put your money down for an HTC 10 through Vodafone, and pick your plan, on the Vodafone website.
Virgin Mobile has eight different plans for the HTC 10, with the hero being a $70 per month investment with an additional $7 per month payment for the HTC 10 itself, and a standard 6GB data pool. Virgin already has the HTC 10 up for pre-order on its website.
With Samsung taking an “if-it-ain’t-broke” approach to the Galaxy S7 and LG embracing a crazy modular design with the G5, the HTC 10 looks to provide a good middle ground in terms of familiarity and innovation. Tell us what you think about the new phone in the comments.
Additional reporting by Campbell Simpson.