HTC 10 is nearly two months late. This is in comparison to the dates Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 were announced, although the latter just hit the market less than two weeks ago.
Despite being a little late in the game, HTC has something to offer to the lovers of Android devices. The HTC 10 is basically the company’s way of redeeming itself after a poor showing with the HTC One M9, which also recorded poor sales when compared to previous models.
HTC finally let go of its previous successes and focused on coming in with something meant for the present and future. With some labeling the HTC One A9 an iPhone knockoff, the new HTC 10 is truly a device that comes fully out of the Taiwanese company’s innovativeness. You will come across a bold all-metal design, top-tier hardware specs, an excellent camera, and a heavily de-cluttered skin.
Design and display
The HTC 10 continues the company’s metallic designs, with the phone coming in with a chamfered contour and dual-textured appearance. The phone also features a curved front that makes the phone seamlessly flow into the metallic body.
Speaking of body, the HTC 10 has measurements of 145.9 by 71.9 by 9 mm and it weighs 161 grams, which makes it quite bulky. The phone’s design is also taller, although it right there in between the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 in terms of size. There are no usual BoomSound speakers on the device and the fingerprint has been installed in the home button. The fingerprint is a lot better thanks to the omnidirectional sensor installed that makes it possible to capture fingerprints from all angles or positions.
On matters of display, the HTC 10 has a screen size of 5.2 inches with a QHD resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels. This gives the display a pixel density of 564ppi. The Super LCD 5 panel used on the 10 has a richer color gamut and has been optimized to respond to the smallest or fastest finger movements by 50% higher than its predecessors.
Performance and hardware
Being a 2016 flagship, the HTC 10 comes in with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset under the hood. The processor is 64-bit and has 4 cores clocked at 2.2GHz. The phone is supported by a RAM of 4GB, just like Galaxy S7 and LG G5. In terms of storage, there is a microSD card slot to support the 32GB of onboard storage the phone comes with.
HTC has integrated the Boost+ service in HTC 10 to ensure that switching between apps is a lot smoother than in any of its predecessors and competitors. Power usage is also optimized thanks to the ability to reduce power being used by background apps.
It gets even better when it comes to photography. With OEMs started to realize that more megapixels doesn’t mean better photos, HTC 10 comes in with a 12MP sensor similar to Samsung Galaxy S7. The HTC UltraPixel 2 sensor has loads of goodies including dual-tone LED flash, 80-degree wide angle views, manual controls, 4K-video recording capabilities and more. The front part has a 5MP sensor, just like its competitors. This selfie came has an 86-degree wide angle view, which means group photos will be well taken care of. The good side of the story is that both sensors have a decent aperture of f/1.8 and have optical image stabilization. This might just be a killer feature for HTC 10, especially considering that almost all other flagship phones do not come with OIS on the selfie camera.
In terms of battery power, HTC claims that the 10 can survive up to 48 hours of normal usage with its 3000mAh unit. The company says that the PowerBotics system equipped in the 10 will ensure that users get up to 30% more battery life.
Priced at $699 for the unlocked version, the HTC 10 is with no doubt a well thought-out phone and a worthy competitor for the classy Samsung Galaxy S7 and modular LG G5.