HTC was once a powerful force in the phone market. The One M7 in particular was one of my favorite handsets of the time. But over the last two years HTC has lost significant ground, releasing a collection of uninspiring mid-range devices and flagships that failed to compete with the big guns of Samsung, Apple and LG.
The HTC 10 marks the start of a new chapter for HTC. The company listened to user feedback – particularly surrounding the disappointing One M9 – to craft an entirely new, high-end device with a competitive and fresh set of features. If there’s any recent product from HTC that could make the company relevant again in the smartphone space, it’s this one.
The signature metal body of past HTC smartphones has returned, complete with new additions like a fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C. The camera, a problem area for HTC’s past devices, has been completely overhauled in the HTC 10 with a new 12-megapixel sensor, a wide f/1.8 lens, and optical image stabilization. Plus we’re seeing welcome iterations such as a new 5.2-inch 1440p LCD and a Snapdragon 820 SoC.