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HTC 10 Android 6.0 Smartphone Reviewed

HTC 10

HTC 10

HTC were renowned for making quality Android handsets and at one time even manufacturing the Google branded Nexus. However, in recent times, they lost popularity as other manufacturers such as Samsung and Sony took the lead. Things started to turn around for the organization when they released the HTC One M8 back in 2014, arguably one of the best phones from them to date. This time around with the release of the HTC 10, they have gone back to the basic fundamentals and built on product feedback to deliver what they hope is a worthy successor.

On paper, the HTC flagship looks great. It comes with HTC Sense running Android 6.0 and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of ROM. Storage capacity is 32GB but can be expanded up to 2TB with the use of a microSD card. The HTC 10 also sports a beautifully crafted Corning Gorilla Glass on a 5.2” Quad HD Curved Edge Display. With a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and a pixel density of 564ppi we are expecting some quality graphics from this phone.

HTC 10 specifications:
Dimensions145.9 mm x 71.9 mm x 3.0 - 9.0 mm
Weight161 grams
Display5.2 inch, Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels)
Pixel density at 564 ppi (pixel per inch)
Super LCD 5
Corning® Gorilla® Glass on a Curve Edge Display
Display colour personalisation
BatteryCapacity: 3000 mAh
Talk time on 3G/4G network: up to 27 hours
Standby time on 3G/4G network: up to 19 days
Power saving mode
Extreme power saving mode
Quick Charge 3.0 with cool charge
Up to 50% charge in 30 min
OSAndroid™ 6 with HTC Sense
ProcessorQualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820, Quad Core, 64bit, up to 2.2GHz
MemoryROM: 32GB / RAM: 4GB
Available storage for users: about 23GB
Extended memory: microSD™ up to 2TB
Flex Storage supported
Camera12MP (HTC UltraPixel™ 2 with 1.55μm pixel)
Laser Autofocus
BSI sensor
Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS)
ƒ/1.8 aperture and 26mm focal length (80° wide angle)
Dual tone LED flash
Self timer up to 10 seconds
Face detection
Pro mode with manual control and 12 bit RAW format support
Auto-HDR
Panorama
Continuous shooting up to 8 fps
Zoe capture
Hyperlapse
Slow motion video ([email protected] fps)
4K video recording with Hi-Res audio
Video Pic
Front Camera5MP (1.34μm pixels)
Autofocus
BSI sensor
Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS)
ƒ/1.8 aperture and 23mm focal length (86° wide angle)
Live make-up
Auto selfie (smile selfie, still selfie)
Voice selfie
Self timer up to 10 seconds
Auto-HDR
Full HD 1080p video recording
Networks2G/2.5G - GSM/GPRS/EDGE
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G UMTS
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
4G LTE (up to 450Mbps)
FDD: Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 32
TDD: Bands 38, 40, 41
Support Cat 9 LTE, download up to 450 Mbps, upload up to 50 Mbps
ConnectivityNFC
BT 4.2
Wi-Fi®: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
Display Port
Chromecast
DLNA™
AirPlay™
Miracast™
SoundHTC BoomSound™ Hi-Fi Edition
Dolby Audio™
Personal Audio Profile
Hi-Res audio certified
Hi-Res audio earphones
Three microphones with noise cancellation
Hi-Res audio stereo recording

Design

HTC have always made great looking phones and the HTC 10 is no different. The slightly curved shell is made from a single block of aluminium giving it the elegance of a flagship model. The smoothness of aluminium does have its drawback though as we did find the phone a tad on the slippery side to hold in one hand.

The Super LCD 5 panel is 5.2 inches making it only slightly smaller than the iPhone 7+. The headphone jack (yes, this flagship phone does come with one) is located on the top of the unit. On the bottom of the HTC 10 you can find the USB Type-C port and speakers. The left side of the phone is a simcard-like tray for a microSD card. On the right side you will find the volume controls, power button and simcard tray. The home button on the front of the phone also acts as a thumb print scanner.

We’ve included the iPhone 7+ in some of the pics as a comparison.

Software

Android 6 / HTC Sense

HTC have shipped the 10 with Android 6.0 but has committed to releasing the update to Android 7.0 Nougat by the end of this year. We found the HTC Sense overlay on Android 6.0 to be quite refreshing from previous devices. Similarly, the move back to some of the standard Google apps such as Music and Gallery was welcomed.

Setting up the HTC 10 was a breeze and we were also able to restore a backup from our last Android device without any issue. Screenshots can be taken on any screen by pressing down the Volume Down and Power buttons for a few seconds.

Multimedia

To test the multimedia capabilities of the HTC 10 we grabbed VLC Player and Kodi and played back 1080P content from the microSD and 1080P/4K content from a network share using the phone’s WiFi. The HTC 10 was able to play back everything I threw at it without any issues.

Camera

The HTC 10 includes a 12MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture and 26mm focal length. This makes it suitable for a wide range of conditions. The aperture is good for portrait photos where the bokeh effect is desirable but falls short of the new portrait mode coming in iOS 10.1. Low light performance was good as well and the use of the dual tone LED flash made short work of dark environments. The camera application also supports 12-bit RAW DNG file format when Pro mode is enabled.

The camera application was a breeze to use and offered a range of controls to fine tune the image before taking the snap. Flash, HDR and other settings are available through a single touch and tapping on parts of the image will autofocus on that region.

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Sample photos from the HTC 10:

In comparison, photos from the iPhone 7+:

Final Thoughts

The hardware and software found in today’s smartphones have come a long way since our last review. Whilst I still prefer my iPhone 7+, the HTC 10 was still a brilliant and refreshing phone to use. It had a refined build quality, lots of processing power and a great screen.

The HTC 10 should do well and with all the bad publicity around exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s, they may even see some fans return to the fold. Overall, a great phone to use and incredibly robust with multimedia. It played back all the files I could throw at it and without issue. Support for Airplay was a bonus.

If you are in the market for a new Android device, the HTC 10 is definitely one to include in your selection.

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