HTC has bought its flagship the HTC 10 into the highly competitive high-end Android smartphone spectrum. After One A9 and the Desire 530, the HTC 10 is a phone which is firmly in the right direction for HTC.
The HTC 10 is a phenomenal device when it comes to its design. Under the hood HTC has done a very impressive job to make HTC 10 a serious contender in the high-end category.
Arguably the HTC 10 is one of the best if not the bestAndroid phones. The HTC 10 feels great in the hand. The heavily chamfered edges on the phone make it very pleasant to hold. The full metal body of the phone looks very rich with a nice touch of flair.
Both the volume rocker and the sleep/wake buttons are on the left. Unlike other phones HTC has opted to have separate trays for SIM card and micro USB. The front has a 5.2-inch screen with a finger-print sensor in the bottom middle. The bottom edge has the USB Type-C port for fast charging. The phone also has a prominent earpiece in the front as a part of HTC’s Boom Sound system.
HTC 10 has 5.2 inch Super LCD 5 display with Quad HD resolution. The display panel runs at 1440 x 2560 pixels with 565 ppi. It is covered with the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 panel. The HTC 10 display panel strikes a balance in its approach to colors. The display is not oversaturated, and colors look natural and comfortable to see.
Like almost every other high-end Android phone HTC 10 also has the Snapdragon 820, Adreno 530 and 4GB RAM combination. The device comes with 32/64GB internal memory options. The memory card slot is a great extra feature not found in many of its peers. The HTC 10 doesn’t disappoint in performance.
HTC has not made any big changes in stock Android with its new Sense UI. Overall the device is fast and very responsive without any overheating even under high-performance conditions.
The HTC 10 has a 12MP, f/1.8 lens with OIS and laser autofocus coupled with a dual-tone flash. The autofocus works well in daylight conditions but struggles in low-light environments. The PRO mode allows you to change ISO, shutter speeds, etc. and even save images in a RAW format.
The front camera is a 5MP, f/1.8 lens with laser autofocus and full HD video recording. The front camera also isn’t very good in low-light conditions and has ill-focused shots.
Overall HTC 10 has decent camera modules, but other competitors like Samsung definitely have an edge here.
The HTC 10 is a great smartphone from HTC after a whole year and packs great hardware in a very well designed phone. The HTC 10 definitely has its pitfalls, especially in the cameras. Still, HTC 10 all things considered is a great smartphone to stand in the high-end smartphone market.