HTC 10 Review: The annual Mobile World Congress has always been long in the go-to venue for the Android players weather it is small and big, to launch their smartphones. And this year, HTC decided to shake the things up a bit by skipping the MWC for an April announcement. The company took their time to ensure that all details are right, and now you will finally be able to easily pick up the HTC 10 in India.
With the original One the new HTC 10 nailed a full-metal design in the day and it has been iterating and improving on that design for its flagships ever since. The 10 is well-built like its predecessors have and it is no different as it feels just as the premium. The curved back, relatively narrow borders and the 5.2-inch screen make this smartphone very comfortable to hold and it can be used with a single hand. On the rear there is now a thicker chamfered border and this adds a nice aesthetic touch.
– The HTC 10 features OIS for the front camera
– This smartphone is the company’s all-metal flagship for 2016
– The HTC 10 is powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC and it has 4GB of RAM
The ridged power button is a prominent physical marker to differentiate it from the volume buttons. The smartphone is not too heavy, and while simply browsing through apps and shooting pictures we did not feel it weighing us down.
The home button is similar to the HTC One A9 but that is in fact just a recessed space for fingerprint sensor that mimics the appearance of the physical button. On either side this works well and do the capacitive buttons.
With the Sense UI on top the HTC 10 runs on Android Marshmallow. The interface felt pretty minimalistic and slick even with the HTC’s tweaks to the menu system and icons. The HTC 10 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, but in India HTC is also planning on bringing the Lifestyle version of the smartphone.
As for the first time, the cameras on the new flagships are the main talking point here, for the front camera we have the Optical image Stabilisation i.e. OIS too. Some of the user may call it overkill but others will love the idea of the clearer selfies, so all we can say is that it is an interesting move by the HTC and we will soon know whether it has any significant impact on the actual usage or not?
The camera app will give you a bunch of options to play with but somehow unfortunately, it was far from the stable on our test unit and it kept crashing. From the phone we managed to get a few skills, that show a very little noise even in an indoor environment with the dim artificial lightning.
Faisal Siddiqui the President of HTC in South Asia told that the HTC’s new product portfolio is just what doctor ordered and many of the products are designed for India and they are based on feedback from market trend and consumers. He also added that by June 13 or 14 most of the products announced will be on the store shelves. In order to generate the awareness, the HTC plans on conducting the widespread marketing campaign that includes promoting its devices in online, across social media or print. This time HTC won’t be going exclusive with the online retailer partner as to make the smartphones more accessible so you can easily be able to find the offline.
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The HTC 10 has all makings of a flagships Android smartphone that could take on the current reigning Android champs i.e. the Samsung S7 brothers.