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HTC 10 Review

Evolving from OEM for likes of Dell and HP, HTC has produced few of the best and iconic Android smartphones under its own name. However, when it comes to profitability of company’s smartphone business, things have not been nice. Even then, HTC has released new smartphones and presented seven new models in India. Today we will be talking about HTC 10, which is company’s flagship smartphone in 2016. In the following, we will cover the different aspect of this smartphone.

Design and build

The main thing HTC has done right has been its aesthetics, and it remains same for HTC 10. Formed from an aluminum block, the smartphone feels like a premium product. The body of the phone is built ergonomically. However, the smooth finish of the phone doesn’t provide much grip which can be quite difficult to hold the phone in one hand.

Its display comes with 5.2 inch Super LCD 5 panel along with Quad HD (1449×2560)  resolution and Gorilla Glass protection. The lovely feature of this phone is the display curves around the edges with an earpiece and the capacitive Home button, feels like a layer of liquid on the stone. Its display quality is great and reproduces good color along with accurate touch response. The backlit navigation keys are on both sides of the Home button which also consists of a fingerprint sensor.

It has two separate trays on either side which can house a microSD card, up to 2 TB and a SIM. Its power and volume buttons are well-designed and provide good tactical feedback. It has 3.5 mm headphone socket at the top and a USB Type-C port along with speaker at the bottom.

It comes with 12 Ultrapixel 2 camera, which also has laser autofocus sensor and dual-tone LED flash.

Specifications and features

This smartphone has Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core SoC along with 4GB RAM and 32 GB or flash storage. There is no FM radio. This phone also comes with reverse charging which means that it can act as a power bank.

Its user interface over Android Marshmallow is quite minimalist. The company has opted out its own apps such as Gallery and Music. It has a lean, clutter-free interface.

Performance

When it comes to performance, HTC 10 comes out with flying colors, The call quality is way too good with clear audio from the earpiece. The phone doesn’t overheat, but it does get hot while using the camera.

BoomSound is available, and it is supported by Dolby Audio. BoomSound allows you to toggle between Theatre and Music modes while using the loudspeaker.

The camera isn’t up to the mark when it comes to other HTC flagship phones, but HTC 10 provides a good result. With its Ultrapixel technology, it has 12 –megapixel resolution with pixel size of 1.55.um. It also has large f/1.8 aperture along with OIS and laser autofocus.  It takes fine images with good resolution.

Its camera app is quite lean and fast which provides better basic controls on the right with a menu for switching shooting modes on the left side. The flash and Auto HDR are displayed with great ease of use. It also has Panorama and Pro modes. The Pro modes allow you to adjust the focus manually with a shutter speed of 2 to 1/8000 sec along with ISO (100-3200), white balance and exposure.

The video recording output is well-handled at resolutions up to 4K. You can also capture hyper lapse and slow-motion videos which appear quite satisfying. It has OIS for the front camera. The 5MP autofocus front camera does provide well-refined selfies.

Battery life

Its 3000mAh battery generally last over 8 hours in case of video loop test which is quite disheartening. But it does support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 which can charge the phone around 50 percent in mere 30 minutes.

Conclusion

Priced at Rs. 52,990, it is a proper flagship smartphone. You can expect perfection from this phone, but not all the features are great. However, the HTC 10 is quite beautiful and well-designed phone with most powerful components which are available in the market. Its lean user interface will certainly grab your attention. It remains to be one of the best smartphones for this year.

With this, we end our review of HTC 10 and wish to know about your experience and suggestions regarding this phone which you can mention in the comment section below.

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