HTC Launches Awesome New Android Nougat Smartphone, the HTC 10 Evo

HTC to launch HTC 10 Evo to Sprint in the U.S.

There’s good news and bad news from HTC as of last night. The company has unveiled its latest smartphone, the HTC 10 Evo, but it will only be available to Sprint customers when it comes out later this month. Unfortunately, HTC has decided to launch the new smartphone en masse to overseas markets, but at this point we don’t know whether it’s merely ahead of a full-scale launch in the United States.

Meanwhile, here’s what we know about the HTC 10 Evo.

Essentially, it’s a gap-filler between the One A9 and the 10 that’s currently on the market. The biggest deal is that the new model will come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, which adds to several other brands that have gotten, are currently getting or will get the latest Android OS version.

The HTC 10 Evo will feature an 8.0 MP front camera for great selfies, and it also comes with new ‘adaptive headphones’ where you can quickly create various audio profiles. The big difference between the HTC 10 and the HTC 10 Evo is that the Evo makes it much easier to create those profiles, as well as quickly switch between them when you need to.

Most of the other specs are slightly lower than the HTC 10, but not by much. The new smartphone comes with a flat back as opposed to the curved back of the older sibling. The purpose is to be able to fit the larger 5.5-inch Quad HD display and all the parts required to power it.

There’s a 16 MP camera on the rear, a SnapDragon 810 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB expandable memory, 3200 mAh battery, fingerprint sensor and much of the other good stuff from the HTC 10.

The other new smartphone from HTC, the Bolt, is also exclusive to Sprint in the United States, but with the HTC 10 Evo in Europe, they’re doing something never done before: they’re selling it exclusively online, so that means they come unlocked with no contractual obligation. Of course, it’ll be full price rather than on a monthly payment basis.

There’s no firm release date for the UK and European markets, but we do know that it will have to compete with a monster of a phone – the OnePlus 3T, which sports a very impressive specs sheet despite only having a 5.5-inch 1080p display. That’s scheduled for release in the UK sometime during the next week. Price-wise, it easily trumps the HTC 10 Evo, which is expected to retail for between £450 and £500 in the UK. In contrast, the OnePlus 3T will retail at a starting price of £399 for the base model.

Either way, it looks like Europe is being favored over the United States for both upcoming models of HTC smartphones. They could expand carrier availability eventually, but it’s completely guesswork at this point.

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