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Monday 11 December 2017

HTC 10 - what's in the box

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Daniel Anderson

The new HTC 10 is set for release in Ireland in May 2016 and it's set to be a real flagship for the company - here's what's in the box

We got our hands on a brand new HTC 10 smartphone, which is set for release in Ireland in May 2016.

It's the new flagship for the company with all sorts of premium features and a focus on camera and audio quality. All of that info is better left for a full review, so here's what you'll find in the box.

HTC has said they want to bring a full end to end experience to users with the 10. What that means is once you buy the handset you shouldn't have to pay any more for extra accessories to improve the performance, it's a complete smartphone solution from the start.

Obviously every smartphone package now starts with one of these dinky things - a key for opening up the sim card slot. In this case the key is double useful because it opens the slot for the nano SIM card and also the microSD card which are located on opposite sides of the phone. Basically you won't want to lose it if at all possible.

Next up are the headphones. With some manufacturers increasingly deciding not to include phones these days, it's a welcome addition. And HTC has put a lot of thought into providing a high quality solution, designed to show off the audio capabilities of the new handset. They're HTC branded and feature dedicated ceramic diaphragm tweeters for clarity and a dynamic driver for bass. There's an inline microphone with a button for Google voice search anytime.

A USB cable, but it's a little different. That's because it's one of the new USB-C cables which have some unique features, starting with the fact that you can't insert them the wrong way around which is a most welcome addition. They're also good for faster data transfer and quick charging, which brings in the next item.

This charging plug and the cable works with the HTC 10's new Quick Charge 3.0 hardware and software to bring a number of unique elements into play. For one, HTC is promising it can charge the phone to 50 percent in just 30 minutes. We'll certainly be putting to that to the test, alongisde the claims that the phone stays cool throughout.

Which brings us to the phone itself. The HTC 10 features a 5.2 inch screen, a new 12 UltraPixel camera and enhanced audio with 24 bit playback and recording. There's also Optical Image stabilisation in the rear and front-facing cameras, a first for smartphones. We'll have more on the phone very soon.

The HTC 10 is set for release exclusively on Three in Ireland in May 2016.

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