HTC 10 Hands-On Preview Live At New York Unveil Event

HTC unveiled its latest flagship smartphone to world early this morning, the HTC 10. If you missed our original coverage of the announcement, we’ve got it posted up for you right here. Earlier this evening, however, we were able to spend some time with HTC at an event in New York City and got some hands on time with the new phone. HTC has asked that we hold any benchmarks, technical data, or impressions of the 10’s camera performance until the full review goes live (which should be in a couple of days), but if you want a quick tour of the phone, we’ve got the goods for you here.

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The All New HTC 10 Android Smartphone

The HTC 10 has a chiseled aluminum, uni-body chassis with distinct heavily chamfered edges. You'd almost call that aspect of the finish more of a bevel, actually. It's that distinct. There is also a 5.2-inch, QHD Super LCD 5 panel in the device, with a wider color gamut than most other smartphones (HTC claims 92% NTSC). And that screen is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 4. In terms of the overall design language, the HTC 10 looks very similar to the M9 and A9 that came before it but with a more chiseled appearance -- take a look for yourselves...

At the heart of the HTC 10 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC paired to 4GB of RAM. 32GB of internal storage comes standard, but that can be expanded easily thanks to the built-in microSD slot (up to 2TB). The rear camera on the HTC 10 features a 12MP UltraPixel sensor and an optically stabilized f/1.8 lens. The front-facing camera is built around a 5MP shooter with a wide-angle f/1.8 lens, which also happens to feature optical image stabilization.

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The HTC 10 From Multiple Angles

The HTC 10 has a very sturdy, premium feel in the hand. The aluminum chassis is quite rigid and the device is weighty enough to feel substantial but not too heavy. Our initial impressions of performance and responsiveness are also good, though more testing is needed. Certainly, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 with a 4GB RAM setup has already proven itself potent in Samsung's Galaxy S7 series of devices. So if that's any indication (which it is), the HTC 10 should be dancing.

We’ll be running the HTC 10 through our traditional suite of tests right away and will post our findings in the not too distant future. For now, rest assured, we’ve got a phone in hand and are beginning to evaluate it as we speak.