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Talk about hit­ting the re­set but­ton! HTC has joined in the craze of smart­phone mak­ers over­haul­ing their flag­ships and there are a lot of no­tice­able changes. Let’s get straight to them!

First up, gone are the iconic dual front- fac­ing speak­ers in the pre­vi­ous Ones that helped HTC shoot up the ranks. The de­sign that we’ve all been used to and loved has also changed. But au­dio­philes needn’t de­spair: the HTC 10 has cer­ti­fied Hi- Res Au­dio — tech­ni­cally it’s termed as the “Boom­sound Hi- Fi Edi­tion” — and, along with those neat head­phones bun­dled in, you won’t miss a beat.

De­spite the re­hash­ing of its de­sign, it still main­tains a solid uni­body metal form. That said, I do miss the over­all de­sign of the pre­de­ces­sors, es­pe­cially be­cause of the new home but­ton. It now acts as a fin­ger­print scan­ner, which is ac­tu­ally very quick. But the whole thing is very vanilla.

The lat­est Qual­comm Snap­dragon pro­ces­sor and 4GB of RAM means that it per­forms pretty well. Its dis­play is now at 5.2” and boasts a QHD Su­per LCD 5 screen — good up­grades from the M9’ s 5” Su­per LCD 3 screen. As for bat­tery life, I was able to eke out power just short of two days — of course, this will vary depend­ing on how you use it — still, an­other im­prove­ment from its pre­de­ces­sor.

The cam­era takes a bump down from the M9’ s 20MP sen­sor, but it’s now a 12MP Ul­trapixel one. Hon­estly, I like the M9’ s snap­per bet­ter, al­though the 10’ s cam­era still works well, save for some shots in ar­eas that aren’t brightly lit.

AND SO...

I’ve al­ways been an ad­vo­cate of re­tain­ing the iden­tity of a prod­uct, as much as pos­si­ble. How­ever, it is im­per­a­tive to change when times re­quire it. The HTC 10 can be con­sid­ered a re­boot, and while oth­ers may miss the de­sign and swag that the 10’ s pre­de­ces­sors had — those giz­mos were among the most talked- about in their glory days — HTC can cer­tainly build upon the 10 to tan­gle it out with the rest.

alvin@ khalee­j­times. com

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