HTC One M10 review
HTC One M10 - World’s first...
HTC has a long history of creating world’s firsts with its flagship smartphones, including the 2010 World's first 4G Android smartphone (HTC Evo 4G), the 2014 world's first phone with a Duo Camera and the ability to refocus (HTC One M8) and the 2015 world's first dual-tone finished all-metal flagship phone (HTC One M9).
But can HTC do the same again with the HTC One M10?
It would appear that the HTC One M10 will not be making an appearance at MWC 2016, either that or it is the world’s best kept secret, with minimal leaks surfacing. It has been reported that initial prototypes have been rejected and the initial release date of April 11th has been pushed back to May 2016.
So what do we know about the HTC One M10, a.k.a. the HTC Perfume?
Display - Quad HD?
It seems likely that HTC will fit a 5.2” Quad HD display into the HTC One M10 and this would give it a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, which should delight those who want to see every detail.
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HTC moved away from LCD displays when it created the HTC One A9 and so we would expect HTC to stay with this decision and use an AMOLED display. AMOLED displays are more energy efficient and with the trend of ever larger displays, this is an important point to make.
Design - HTC finally gets wet
The HTC One M10, to some degree, will be waterproof, so owners can finally make a call in the rain and not need to panic when the occasional spill occurs this is in line with other upcoming mobile phones throughout this year,
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A metallic body will make an appearance and this will most likely look different to previous flagship phones from HTC, as it is expected that the BoomSound Speakers will be dropped in favour of enhanced music through headphones.
Phone Set Up
Security - 3D fingerprint
The HTC One M10 will have a fingerprint scanner integrated into the home key and this will use Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID 3D fingerprint technology. This ultrasonic-based technology captures 3-diminsional acoustic details of the outer layer of skin making it more accurate and consistent.
This next generation of fingerprint sensors use resonating sound waves to sense ridge endings, bifurcations and sweat pores, even when the finger is masked by creams or other particulates.
Storage - A unified solution
Google’s Android Marshmallow operating system will power the HTC One M10, which can make use of the OS’s Flex Storage. This something that the Google Nexus 6P (the world’s first Marshmallow phone) couldn’t do as it did not have a microSD card slot.
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Flex Storage will let users format a microSD card so that it works as internal memory, thus giving much more memory than the initial 32GB, for storing more apps, app data and personal data. The formatting process will wipe any data held on the microSD card and after formatting the card will only work in this device. Flex Storage also supports micro USB flash drives.
Graphics - Console-quality gaming
The HTC One M10 will have the Adreno 530 GPU and this gives 40% better graphics performance and compute capabilities. This enables graphics-rich photo-realistic gaming, which can be enjoyed for longer with the GPU offering 40% reduced power consumption.
The Adreno 530 GPU will also support next generation virtual reality apps.
Processor - Twice the performance
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.2GHz 820 processor with 4GB RAM has twice the performance of the previous Snapdragon processor and once again helps out the battery will 30% less power consumption.
This fast processor gives up to 3x faster peak upload speeds with up to 33% faster peak download speeds. The chip also supports Wi-Fi calling, which the main UK networks are now offering to enable calling where there is no or poor mobile network signal.
HTC will enhance the experience with the HTC Sense 8.0 user interface, giving the OS a fresh look, with added HTC favourites such as BlinkFeed and Zoe.
Music - High-Res audio
High-Res audio will make an appearance and MQA sound technology will give the purest sound ever. MQA retains the original sound quality along with every intricate detail that the singer’s microphone heard. This is something that is usually discarded in the compression process that other phones use to create small music files, for storage on mobile devices.
Camera & Video
Photography - Megapixels or UltraPixels
At present there at two camera options open to HTC for inclusion on the One M10. The first is a 23MP camera but the second is far more interesting. This is the Sony IMX377 12MP camera sensor with large 1.55um UltraPixels, images from which are displayed in our camera gallery opposite.
The Sony 12MP option would perform better in low light and would be accompanied by laser assisted autofocus with phase detection and video recording at 60 frames per second at both 4K (4x high-definition) and 2K qualities.
On the reverse side to the main camera will be a Samsung s5k4e6 5MP UltraPixel selfie camera that can record video at 30fps.
Recharging - Quick Charge and WiPower
The 3,000mAh battery of the HTC One M10 can be recharged using Quick Charge 3.0 or by using Qualcomm WiPower wireless charging.
Quick Charge 3.0 charges 4x faster than a conventional charger, while being 38% more efficient than Quick Charge 2.0. Qualcomm’s WiPower will be supported and this latest tech enables wireless chargers (not included) to charge more than one device at a time.
It is most probable that the new USB Type-C connector will be fitted and unlike previous microUSB connectors, these are symmetrical, so the cable can be inserted either way up.
Price: The UK price of the HTC One M10 should be in the region of £550 SIM free or from £35 per month on 2-year contracts.
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Written by: Michael Brown