HTC has announced how much you ll pay for the HTC 10 when it launches next week. Here’s how it compares against the other premium Android smartphones.
The HTC 10 is HTC s play for the premium space in 20161, losing the “One” moniker that had defined the company s previous premium handsets such as the One M8 and One M9,. (HTC will still use that branding in other devices, or subtly via HTC-produced phones such as the Telstra Signature Premium2.)
HTC announced the HTC 10 back on 12 April3, but declined to specify exact pricing until now. HTC s premium phone will cost $1,099 outright when it goes on sale next week. It will also be available on contract via Telstra, Vodafone, Optus and Virgin Mobile all set to offer the phone; we ll update once their full plan pricing is available. So how does that compare against the other “premium” handsets in the market right now?
You can pay a little less via direct import, and discounting is quite rife on the Android side of the fence, although a little less common from official Apple channels,.
Here s how the recommended prices of 2016 s premium handsets compare:
Handset Suggested Price Apple iPhone 6s Plus 128GB4 $1,529 Apple iPhone 6s 128GB5 $1,379 Apple iPhone 6s Plus 64GB6 $1,379 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 32GB7 $1,249.05 Apple iPhone 6s 64GB8 $1,229 Apple iPhone 6s Plus 16GB9 $1,229 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium10 $1,199 Samsung Galaxy S7 32GB11 $1,148.95 HTC 10 32GB12 $1,099 LG G5 32GB13 $1,099 Huawei Nexus 6P 128GB14 $1,099 Apple iPhone 6s 16GB15 $1,079
- ^ HTC s play for the premium space in 2016 (www.finder.com.au)
- ^ Telstra Signature Premium (www.finder.com.au)
- ^ the HTC 10 back on 12 April (www.finder.com.au)
- ^ Apple iPhone 6s Plus 128GB (www.finder.com.au)
- ^ Apple iPhone 6s 128GB (www.finder.com.au)
- ^ Apple iPhone 6s Plus 64GB (www.finder.com.au)
- ^ Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 32GB (www.finder.com.au)
- ^ Apple iPhone 6s 64GB (www.finder.com.au)
- ^ Apple iPhone 6s Plus 16GB (www.finder.com.au)
- ^ Sony Xperia Z5 Premium (www.finder.com.au)
- ^ Samsung Galaxy S7 32GB (www.finder.com.au)
- ^ HTC 10 32GB (www.finder.com.au)
- ^ LG G5 32GB (www.finder.com.au)
- ^ Huawei Nexus 6P 128GB (www.finder.com.au)
- ^ Apple iPhone 6s 16GB (www.finder.com.au)
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Verizon will start taking pre-orders of HTC 10 from April 29. The carrier will be the first wireless provider to offer the smartphone that will launch in the market in May. Those who want to buy should go to the store at the end of this month to have a hands-on look and an exclusive in-store preview of the handset. Verizon s 4G LTE network tops the chart of the best network quality across six U.S. regions. Because of its popularity it was confirmed in a press release1, Verizon will be the first wireless provider to offer the HTC 10 when it s released, so you won t have to wait to get it.
Other than Verizon, the HTC 10 is available on T-Mobile and Sprint. Go to the company s official website to place order for the unlocked version of HTC 10 for US$699. Also, the unlocked edition which is compatible with T-Mobile and AT&T is available in Carbon Gray and Glacier Silver colors. A few days back, the HTC 10 was announced through an online press on April 12. The unlocked variant of the device is available at HTC Canada for US$788. The device will support multiple Canadian carriers including Bell, Telus, Koodo, Rogers, Virgin Mobile, Videotron, Fido, Wind Mobile and Sasktel, according to IBTimes2.
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Going by the specs, HTC 10 has a 5.2-inch Quad HD display with 2560 x 1440 pixels with pixel density 564ppi. The main camera is 12MP with laser autofocus, optical image stabilization, BSI sensor, face detection, slow motion video, and much more. On the other hand, the front camera is 5MP with several features. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Quad core, 64-bit, the device boasts 32GB internal memory, expandable by microSD card up to 2TB. It runs on Android 6 platform with HTC Sense and is fuelled by 3000mAH battery.
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The China-based Huawei is evaluating ways to start production of mobile phones in India through contract manufacturing in association with Foxconn and is currently studying the business models and tax incentives. A delegation of Huawei, led by its India CEO Jay Chen, met Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on FrIday and apprised him of its expansion plans for the country.
“We had a very elaborate talk and they have said that till now they have invested ?2 billion in India in the last 16 years,” Prasad said.
“They have a facility in Sriperumbudur… they are selling one million phones in India… if you are selling one million phones, you better start manufacturing here and they have promised me, they will explore the possibility. They are in talks with Foxconn on a contract basis. They are welcome to do business in India,” Prasad said.
Huawei is serving 40 networks worldwide from its offices in India.
Asked about manufacturing plans in India, a Huawei representative, who was part of the delegation, said, “(It) depends on the business volumes, we are still evaluating… we are trying to understand the policy, tax incentives and the business models. Currently, we manufacture the network equipment.”
Apart from Huawei, officials of two other Chinese telecom companies, Le Eco and ZTE, met the minister. Also, global CEO of US-based Avaya, Kevin Kennedy, along with Vishal Agarwal, who is MD (India and Saarc), called on the minister.
“All these companies are into ICT, into electronic manufacturing and communication services and all of them are very bullish about India. They are keen to invest and expand their footprint in India,” Prasad said.
“I made three things clear to them. You are most welcome to do business in India, but keep sensitivities in mind. India is an open democratic society, be sensitive to issues of cyber security and follow India’s regulatory scenario properly.”