HTC 10 Review: Greatest Hit

By 01:54 Tue, 17 Aug 2021 Comments


The HTC 10 is everything an HTC fan has been longing for. A full smartphone package experience without compromise. The problem with this concept is that it doesn't exist, there will always be some phone with a better capturing camera or better battery or a larger display. But we can always see at this concept subjectively and find the correct balance between what the phone offers versus compromises you might be making.

It's been quiet in HTC camp lately but it seems the company has been gearing up for its gigantic comeback this year. HTC's relevancy had been slipping away the past couple of years and the Taiwanese company thought it should buckle down and listen to what its customers have been saying for a while. And the fans, on the other hand, are excited to learn that "HTC is back!"

Before the HTC 10, pretty much every iteration of the HTC One series in recent years brought some form of compromise. The HTC One M7 had a remarkable camera, the first of its kind, the problem was only 4MP did not allow any sort of cropping without anyone noticing. The HTC One M8 had the same 4 megapixel capturing camera and HTC made a poor choice to even rego OIS from the flagship.

The HTC One M9 was a step in the correct direction, but it was not enough. Even with a bigger capturing camera sensor this time around, the capturing camera performance was still lackluster. The One M9 was also plagued with overheating problems caused by an early version of the Snapdragon 810 which had to be downclocked just to avoid the heating issues. As a result, the HTC's M9 unofficially became the flagship to avoid.

Key Features

  • Full-metal unibody design
  • HTC's Boom Sound speaker setup
  • 5.2-inch SuperLCD5 1,440 x 2,560 pixels (565 ppi)
  • elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 - dual-core 2.15 Giga Hertz (GHz) Kyro & dual-core 1.6 Giga Hertz (GHz) Kyro w/ Adreno 530
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with HTC Sense UI 8.0
  • 12MP main camera, F/1.8, Ultrapixel sensor, OIS, autofocus, dual-tone Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 5MP front capturing camera (first ever with OIS)
  • 32GB of on-board storage expandable up to 2Tera Bytes (TB) via microSD tray
  • LTE Cat9 450/50 Mbps, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.2
  • 3,000mAh integrated battery
  • Fingerprint reader and capacitive nav buttons

Main Cons

  • No dust or water-proofing
  • No more IR-blaster
  • Appears thicker and heavier than most of the competition
  • Pricing at launch is not competitive

The HTC 10 is now here to hopefully break the chain of poor decisions. It's a proper flagship with hardly any shortcomings - it has better cameras, front facing OIS, superb build quality, remarkable performance, Hi-Fi audio, booming sound quality, and battery life that meets or exceeds expectations.

HTC 10 Color options: Topaz Grecent (not yet available in the US) • Glacial Silver • Carbon Black

For a couple of months before its announcement, HTC had been teasing the HTC 10's different features such as the hardware design, performance, battery life, captivating capturing camera experience, Boom Sound, and capacitive navigation buttons. Many of these teasers were looked at with much speculation. After finally getting the retail product in our hands, will HTC be able to deliver all of its promises? Read on to find out.



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