Last year when HTC released its flagship smartphone One M9 it was a total failure and poor financial results are proof of that. Considering all those things, it would not be wrong to expect from HTC to put all he have on the table. Thus, let’s start our detailed review about HTC 10.
Starting from One M7 HTC has been implementing metal design and 10 is not an exception with its gorgeous design. Let’s admit, leaked images and renders based on them were uglier. With its unibody metal design HTC 10 is one the most slipperiest smartphones out there and true fingerprint magnet. One thing HTC fortunately did not follow was the “thinness” obsession as other manufacturers did. At the bulkiest point this smartphone is just 9mm thick. All-around champhered edges gives you a better grip along with striking look.
The main chanfe in terms of design has been made on the front of the 10. One of the mostly criticized part was black HTC branded board just below the display and it was removed. Unfortunately, one of the front facing speaker grills was moved to the bottom of the smartphone, next to USB-C port.
HTC 10 comes with 5.2” Quad-HD (1440x2560) Super-LCD display. Though it is not as vivid and saturated as AMOLED panels, Super-LCD is more than enough for gaming, media consumption. The only downside of the display is about the viewing angle. At certain angles colors are starting to blur and fade away. However that is not a huge deal, considering tha fact that most of the users are not going to experience it.
As many other flagship smartphones of 2016, HTC 10 also packs the latest and best mobile processing units. Snapdragon 820 chipset with quad-core 2.15 GHz processors,Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB DDR4 RAM lead to smooth performance. One of the main reasons for this flawless experience is HTC’s own Sense UI built on Android 6.0.1. HTC partnered with Google in order to rebuild Sense UI and the result is just perfect. You cannot find any duplicate apps inside the smartphone. For example, there is just one mail app, one calendar app or one gallery app. In most cases, those apps are the ones that provided by Google. HTC 10 now feels more like vanilla Android.
As we mentioned above, in contrast to previous models, one of the front facing speakers is replaced with fast and accurate fingerprint sensor that also serves as tap-tile home button. On both side of this button there are capacitive navigation buttons. Since one of the speakers (subwoofer) is now placed at the bottom, smartphone does not sounds as loud as front-facing. However, thanks to BoomSound technology the magnificient listening experience is still there. Headphone jack on the top supports 24-bit DAC along with regular headphones. And there’s no need to say that 10 comes with the newest mobile communication technologies including NFC.
HTC followed the trend in this category and packed 3000 mAh non-removable battery inside the 10. Battery at this size is enough for day-to-day usage if we take into consideration 4.5 hours screen-on time. As HTC 10 houses USB Type-C, it also benefits from Quick Charge 3.0, which can charge enough for full day in 90 minutes.
Shooting at top level with HTC was not possible during the last couple of years. This year HTC again prioritized pixel size over pixel number. 10 comes with 12 ultrapixel (large pixel size) f/1.8 rear facing and 5 megapixel front facing camera. Considering both cameras supported with optical image stabilization the result should have been irreproachable. Even though photos in daylight are gorgeous, HTC has to work on low-light and indoor shots. Front-facing camera produces better than average image qualty, but you simply cannot get the same dynamic range and color production with 10, as you do with S7/Edge and G5. However, we should mention the pro mode that you get on Camera app is really good.
There is no doubt that HTC 10 is one of the best smartphones of 2016. Nevertheless, there’s a lot of room to develop, especially in camera department. Taking into account the pricetag, we can definitely say it is a good investment.
Final score: 8.7/10