Of all the flagship releases in 2016, Samsung’s S7 Edge stood in a league in its own. That is, until now. HTC has rebranded their flagship line. With the removal of the term “One”, HTC is striking back with the newly announced HTC 10. A revisited design, incorporation of a thumb print sensor, and enhancements in the camera, display and sound make their way into the HTC 10. But can it bring back that wow factor that the HTC One M7 had back in the day?
Let’s dive in and find out!
General Specs and Physical Build
|Dimensions||145.9 x 71.9 x 3.0 – 9.0mm|
|Display||5.2 inch, Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels, 564 pixels per inch)|
|Processor||Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820|
|OS||Android 6 with HTC Sense|
|Storage||32GB / 64GB|
|Cameras||12MP HTC Ultrapixel™ 2|
|Sound||Dual Speakers w/ HTC Boomsound™ Hi-Fi Edition & Dolby Audio™ 4 made for 24-bit Hi-Res audio|
|Connectivity||USB 3.1 Gen1 (Type-C), 3.5mm stereo audio jack, Bluetooth® 4.2, Wi-Fi (2.4 & 5GHz), NFC, DisplayPort|
The HTC 10 has a bit more angular bezel than its predecessors. While keeping a brushed metal feel, the back of the HTC 10 curves into sharper corners towards the edges of the screen. There is a volume rocker button and a power button along the right, a 3.5mm jack on the top and a USB 3.0 Type C port on the bottom of the phone. The Boomsound speakers were rearranged to the top of the face and to the very bottom on the HTC 10 to give room for the fingerprint sensor.
HTC has been implementing stereo speakers on their latest HTC One devices for some time. The goal is an appreciable one: to give users a stereo sound presentation that complements video watching even without headphones. The placement of said speakers is usually above and below the screen, giving you that left and right speaker acoustics when you hold the device sideways. But what if you want to “get with the times” and long for the security of a fingerprint sensor? In the HTC 10, the “bottom” speaker is actually on the bottom of the device, making room for the fingerprint sensor without sacrificing that stereo presentation. Well done.
The HTC 10 powered through any collection of tasks we threw it’s way, remaining snappy and seamless. That 4GB of RAM worked as a nice buffer for keeping a plethora of apps running at optimal performance without any noticeable lag. Phones these days can be hard to challenge in that regard and the HTC 10 is no exception. In terms of day to day usage, the HTC 10 performed economically, lasting about two days before you are challenged to charge it. If you’re a sociable mobile user, the HTC 10 will last you a good day and change. In either event, charging the HTC 10 was the least of our worries thanks to the speedy 50% battery charge in just 30 mins. The HTC 10 was pretty much always alive and kicking.
At face value, the HTC 10 looks amazing and captures some of that big splash factor that the HTC One M7 had at its launch years ago. The side buttons protrude noticeably more than the previous HTC models, allowing for better usability. The power button’s surface is even more perforated making it easier to distinguish from the nearby volume controls. Best of all, the HTC 10 is easy to hold and the brushed aluminum gives the right about traction.
HTC did a great job with making the physical design of the HTC 10 appealing without making the phone slippery or tricky to handle. The HTC 10 is simply fun to hold and a joy to look at.
Now for the quality of those movies and songs…