Sunday, 1 January 2017

HTC 10 Evo preview

Yes, HTC is back, this time with a lightweight, all-metal smartphone packing brains aplenty. Oh, and it comes with a pair of USB Type-C dual adaptive earphones that tailor sound to your ear’s unique structure. Fancy stuff!

Hang on, this phone looks familiar… Yeah, the Evo’s a bit of a melting pot when it comes to design and components. It borrows the HTC 10’s ‘designed by light’ aesthetic, which we really like, but uses the guts from last year’s flagship, the HTC M9 – most notably the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset and 20-megapixel camera.

So what’s actually new here? There are plenty of new features to shout about here. First up is the screen size, as the HTC 10 Evo is a 5.5-inch behemoth. The Evo is also one of the first - if not the first - aluminium Android smartphones with a water resistance rating of IP57.

HTC usually do a good job with audio. Is that true with the 10 Evo? Aye! HTC has joined Apple in ditching the headphone jack, but makes up for it with a pair of BoomSound Adaptive Audio earbuds that plug into the USB Type-C port. They pump out 24-bit Hi-Res Audio and use ultrasound to automatically create a personal sound profile tailored to the structure of your ears.

That’s impressive. What else should I know? Well, the 10 Evo can record 4K video. It also has a fingerprint sensor for super fast access, packs in a large 3,200mAh battery supporting Quick Charge 2.0, and will launch running Android 7.0 Nougat.

Say I’m interested. When can I buy it? UK customers are able to buy the 10 Evo now from HTC’s website only.

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