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HTC 10 Review

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What we love

  • All aluminum unibody design
  • USB-C connection.
  • 12MP Ultra-pixel camera
  • Duo speakers for great audio experience
  • 4k video shooting
  • Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 minutes
  • Adaptable memory, expandable to 256GB

Overview

The HTC 10 is an elegantly premium-grade, aluminum wrapped, ECC designed gadget, quite beneficial to have. This is an upgrade to its predecessor flagships, maintaining customer opinion. HTC introduced it back in 2016 and released it in may, same year. What you would be buying with this feature resonates with the flagship devices on the same year. Added to it, are a great 12MP camera, 4-core Snapdragon processing, a great battery and remarkable audio output, biometrics backed security, improved responsiveness among others. Following a couple of days interacting with the device, here’s my experience and review

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Unboxing

Consistent to HTC boxing, the HTC 10 ships in a dimple-panel top box with specs highlighted on the bottom. Included in the box is the brand-new device, wrapped in removable plastic paper that highlights ports and features. Packed together with this flagship phone, are a quick charge adapter compatible with a USB-C, and a USB-C cable. The device also comes with a SIM injection tool and paperwork that include user guides and manuals. What is notable about the HTC 10 following the unboxing is that this device’s battery is embedded. Let’s learn what is under this gorgeous aluminum casing.

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Design

The HTC 10 has a striking aluminum construction consisting angular edges that add to the aesthetics known to be an HTC’s strength. This polishing award the device a premium look and feel. Although the unibody restricts the removal of the battery, it makes it solidly handsome. The handset comes in three color varieties; Glacier Silver, Topaz Gold, and Carbon Grey. Carbon Silver is a stand out for me. Regardless of your pick, I still admit that this is the look a premium device should rock.

It is 3MM at the thinnest point which stretches to 9MM at the center, weighing 161g, a heftier weight that makes it feel holstered and secure on hold. On the device’s back is a 12MP camera, with a dual tone LED flash. On the upper edge of the gadget is a headphone jack. The right edge hosts a textured power button, volume rockers, and a Nano-SIM tray. Towards the left, a micro-SD card slot that supports up to 256 GB of storage. Towards the bottom, we find a USB-C connector, microphone, and the speaker. 

To address the front, the phone has a 5.2inches Super LCD 5 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors (1440 x 2560 pixels), with a 5MP front camera, LED notification indicator and sensors. Ultra-pixel camera and a front face speakers. On the bottom of the device’s front are a capacitive home button and offscreen Android navigation keys. Admittedly a great feature, the home button doubles up as a fingerprints reader.

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Camera

As a flagship during its debut, the HTC 10 comes fitted with a 12MP (or ultra-pixels) camera. HTC used larger pixels for this device hence the term UltraPixel. This may have been a downgrade of the camera power compared to its predecessor flagships, but it comes with optimum features to work with. The camera has faster snapping capabilities and improved low lighting capabilities. Its UltraPixel is 1.55microns.

I loved its features of taking raw photos that collect more information than a standard JPG image as well as shooting 4k videos. As a front camera, the gadget has a 5MP auto focus, 1080p HDR camera. As another cool feature, the front camera has an inbuilt image stabilization ability giving clearer and more illuminated images. This means that the HTC 10 is a dependable vlogging and selfie taking gadget. It is 4:3 image ratio camera, decision HTC made following requests from its customers. With this gadget’s camera, you will get to tag locations, touch focus, detect faces and take panorama images. I also managed to shoot great HD videos, with noticeably excellent stereo sound.

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Display

The HTC 10 display was a feature long due from the brand at the launch time. A 5.2 -inches QHD (2560*1440) resolution, powering the screen sharpness and clarity enjoyed by the device’s users. I must say with this clarity, looking at the phone is a nice drill. The resolution is powered by a not-so-known Super LCD 5 technology, but its working is all likable.

Here is what you get with this display technology; natural color output with the right levels of contrast and saturation. Faults in what one is looking at are at their minimal if at all they exist. My experience watching a movie with the device was good despite some issues with darkness although that could be attributed to my internet bandwidth and actual video quality. It was particularly made better by the impressive sound output this device gives. Shooting in 4k delivers a premium sharpness and imagery. I liked the experience. 

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Battery

The HTC10 has a non-removable, 3000mAh battery. This is an awesome powerhouse for the device’s size compared to market rival Samsung Galaxy S7. HTC has it that the device can last for up to 456 hours on standby (3G) and 27 hours talk time (3G). To start with, we agree that a phone’s battery life depends heavily on the user, however, following light usage I managed to hit the 22% mark after an all-day usage, on a single full charge. This however changed based on what I did with the device. Watching HD videos drained the device most. Recharge is fast, where a 15 minutes plugin will give you the power to last few hours thanks to its USB-C port and quick charge technology.

This optimum battery management is backed by HTC 10 design in juice salvaging as well as Google's progressive development of its Operating System. Such power management abilities make the device an all-day phone to carry around. Combined with other features such as the camera, its juice longevity makes it a handy device for millennials who are interested in keeping up with social sites and of course, vlogging.

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Storage

The HTC 10 comes in two varieties in regards to internal memory that is 32GB and 64GB. As one of the most likable features of Android devices, memory expansion, met its upgrade, adaptable storage, with the launch of Android Marshmallow. The HTC has adaptable storage capabilities, meaning a microSD is treated as part of the system memory and not a separate partition. HTC has expansion capacity of 256 GB. This translates to lots of data saving. If you are like me, all your music, favorite videos and images can and will be with you everywhere you head with your device. Such space also comes in handy while you are shooting in raw mode and 4k. With 4 GB RAM, the HTC10 will have no or excessively limited issues with multi-tasking.

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Performance

Allow me to sum it up; 4GB RAM on a smartphone, two 2.15GHz Kryo and 1.6GHz Kryo cores and upgradable Marshmallow OS, it is viable to expect top performance from such engineering, admittedly. To start off, the fingerprints sensor was surprisingly responsive, and with my continued usage, I didn’t notice any slowdowns. It's wake-up speeds as well stood out, nearly instantaneous. Launching and taking pictures was great. Graphics-heavy games played quite smoothly too. HTC ingenious Boost+ is a clean-up center that gets rid of useless stuff in the device. The feature comes in handy if a slowdown is detected.

The HTC 10 has added strikingly audio-centric features. Although the boom stereo speaker systems in M9 did get ditched, the boom sound output of this device is surprisingly present. Its dedicated speaker is loaded at the bottom of the phone. For some headphone experience, Hi-Res Audio formats support that plays 24-bit audio files has fantastic headphone outputs.

Additional to the highlighted features, the HTC 10 comes fitted with several sensors; fingerprints sensor, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, and a compass. It also supports A-GPS, NFC, and USB-C. It supports mixed networks including GSM, HSPA, and 4G LTE. It's a Nano-SIM enabled device with support for Verizon Wireless Plans.

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Specifications

  • CDMA/HSPA/4G LTE/Wi-Fi.
  • 5.2 inches Super LCD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display.
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for a durable display.
  • 32/64 GB Internal Memory.
  • MicroSD up to 256 GB (dedicated slot).
  • 4 GB RAM.
  • OS: Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), upgradable.
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-core (2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo).
  • GPU: Adreno 530.
  • Battery: 3000mAh. 27 hours of talk time (3G).
  • Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 minutes.
  • USB- C 1.0 reversible.

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