After months of leaks, and endless conjecture, the HTC 10 has finally landed and by the looks of its the Taiwanese company did not disappoint. In terms of unique features, great specs and a worthwhile design, HTC 10 is truly a compelling phone. Joining the likes of 2016’s flagships such as the Galaxy S7 and LG G5, HTC’s latest flagship features an updated design language, an array of new specs, while this time focusing on aspects such as audio, battery capacity and enhanced camera capabilities to give customers an overall powerful package. If you are curious about what exactly is so great about the HTC 10, here are five awesome things about this new handset:

1. Its an improvement from HTC One M9

The company’s previous flagship, the HTC One M9 was marred with issues thanks its the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, ranging from issues with performance as well as overheating. Even after receiving the Android 6.0 update, most of its problems still persisted. However, the HTC 10 is seemingly an improvement, bundling an updated Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset clocked at a speed of 2.2 GHz.

This is complemented by 4 GB of RAM, the Adreno 530 graphics processor and an internal storage of 32 GB along with a microSD card slot that expands memory storage up to 2 TB. Although the One M9 was and still is a fast device, the HTC 10 outshines it with a noticeable faster performance free of its predecessor’s overheating issues.

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2. Its almost stock Android

The HTC 10 comes running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system right out of the box. Along with this, HTC has incorporated its very own Sense 8.0 UI (which is hardly a surprise), though this time it has made a few cutbacks in terms of its pre-installed apps. Rather than offering its own alternative app or feature to something a stock Google app can already do, the Taiwanese company has chosen to stick to just the apps that Google provides. For instance, HTC 10 makes use of Google Photos rather than HTC’s very own gallery app.

This is a great thing for a number of reasons. First, it means that software updates for single apps as well as the operating system will be much faster. This is because there will no longer be a need for HTC to test updates against its own individuals apps. Second, it will be less annoying, as you won’t have to choose which app to set as default when you need to perform a task. Finally, this means more storage space.

3. Its audio system is unique

Though HTC’s series of devices are known for their BoomSound directional stereo speakers, the HTC 10 isn’t so lucky, but that’s actually a good thing. The company takes a different approach with its HTC 10 handset’s stereo speakers, choosing to place its second speaker at the bottom edge rather than at the front. There is a noticeable difference, with the speakers functioning as normal stereo speakers for things such as gaming and movie watching, whereas for listening to music, the speaker at the top of the display acts as a tweeter, with the speaker bundled at the bottom serving as a woofer for generating lower frequencies. In the frequency range category, the HTC M10’s audio really impresses.

4. The camera integrates a super Sony sensor

As innovative as HTC has been with its smartphone cameras, they have always been a few steps behind their competition in terms of picture quality. Things seem to have changed with the HTC 10, with the company not only touting the advantages of a much larger pixel capacity for improved performance in low-lit conditions, but also including Sony’s fantastic IMX377 sensor, which is a feature found in many of the recent smartphones in the Nexus series. There is also an optical image stabilizer to ensure images are blur-free.

The device’s main 12 MP camera is backed with 1/2.3-inch image sensor with pixel sizes of around 1.55 microns. The camera app comes with manual settings which will be more than useful for photography enthusiasts, and though the front shooter has a resolution of 5 MP, it is equipped with a large 1/8 aperture along with hybrid and laser autofocus to faster focusing. The HTC M10 could just be among the best Android smartphones for capturing selfies, available right now.

5. Improved battery life

HTC 10 battery will really cater to power users. Housing a bigger battery with a capacity of 3,000 mAh, it also combines with the battery enhancement features of the latest version of Android, the Marshmallow operating system. This means a single charge should last you up to two days with  moderate usage, while with really intensive tasks, at least an entire day. Moreover, the HTC 10 is equipped with quick charging support, with just 30 minutes of charging promising up to 50% of battery power.

You can pre-order the HTC 10 for a starting price of $699.99, with shipping to begin in mid-March 2016.

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