HTC 10 review
HTC 10 - World’s first...
Has HTC created another world's first with the HTC 10?
HTC has a long history of creating world’s firsts with its flagship smartphones, highlighted in our previous reviews. These include the 2010 World's first 4G Android smartphone (HTC Evo 4G), the 2014 world's first phone with a Duo Camera and the ability to refocus (HTC One M8) and the 2015 world's first dual-tone finished all-metal flagship phone (HTC One M9).
To answer our first posed question, yes HTC has indeed created more world's firsts with the HTC 10 and below we take a look at these, along with everything else that the HTC 10 has to offer.
Display - Cinema Colour Standards
The HTC 10, as expected, has a 5.2” Quad HD screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, which equates to 564 pixels per inch. What wasn’t expected though, was the inclusion of a next generation 2k Super LCD screen that emits 30 percent more colour and is tuned to cinema colour standards, for the ultimate media experience.
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The touch screen is also 50 percent more responsive to touch and HTC’s auto-optimisation algorithm launches apps twice as quickly as before.
Design - Extreme Chamfer and Durability
The dual textured finish with chamfered contours catch the eye but what is most apparent is how extreme the chamfer is. At the edges the body is only 3mm thick and this swells to 9mm in the centre.
Design characteristics include a metal unibody that weighs 161g, a textured power button and a full glass front that seamless merges with the metal unibody.
HTC went to extreme lengths to test and adjust the design to ensure that it meets the highest durability standards. These tests includes 168 hours of temperature tests at -20°C through to 60°C and 10,000 scratch, drop and corrosion tests. As with most modern smartphones, the display is protected behind curved-edge Gorilla Glass.
Phone Set Up
Getting Started - Customisation, Security and Memory
The HTC 10 could very well be the world’s most customisable smartphone. The HTC Freestyle Layout frees placement of apps from their normal grid and these can now be placed anywhere, overlapping other app icons and have stickers pinned to them.
In addition to this, there are 1,000s of HTC Themes that can be downloaded to personalise the background, icons and sounds, with the option to create custom themes. The overall look of the app trays has been simplified by HTC reducing bloatware, so there are no duplicated apps in the HTC user interface and Android Marshmallow operating system.
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The fingerprint sensor secures the device and can unlock it in just 0.2 seconds. A smart algorithm learns over time to ensure that the fingerprint authentication process becomes faster and more accurate.
The HTC 10 will become available with both 32GB and 64GB internal memories. In either case, the HTC 10 supports 2TB MicroSD cards, so memory expansion is almost limitless.
Sound - BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition
The HTC 10 has HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition and this provides 24-bit DAC Hi-Res sound. The redesigned speakers give a sleeker look to the phone while enhancing sound quality.
The phone has separated woofer and tweeter speakers and there are dedicated amplifiers for each speaker. The sound revolution doesn’t end with the speakers, as there is new hardware and software for headphone and earphone wearers.
Firstly, there is a a high performance headset amplifier and this can be experienced immediately because HTC has include in-box earphones, that are Hi-Res audio certified.
The earphones have 70 percent over-sized drivers to deliver sound over twice the frequency range. Because everyone’s ears are unique, HTC’s Personal Audio Profile system measures individual hearing and dynamically adjusts the sound frequencies, to each of the wearer’s ears.
Processor - Snapdragon 820 and Boost+
The HTC 10 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core 2.2GHz processor with 4GB RAM. This has been used on almost all of the 2016 flagship smartphones and is Qualcomm’s fastest and most energy efficient chip.
HTC’s Boost+ technology has been built in and this enhances game performance while reducing battery drain, as well as increasing the overall performance of apps.
Camera & Video
Photography - Two world’s firsts
The HTC 10 is the world’s 1st smartphone to have dual Optical Image Stabilisation, on both front and back cameras. The high quality of the camera has received verification through a score of 88, by DxOMark, and the only other smartphone camera to get this score is on the Samsung Galaxy S7.
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The original UltraPixel camera from HTC has a 4MP resolution but on the HTC 10 we see a complete upgrade as the UltraPixel 2 camera has a resolution of 12MP. The UltraPixel ethos centres itself around having large 1.55um sized pixels that can capture more light. With UltraPixel 2 the camera captures 136 percent more light.
The camera can be launched in 0.6 seconds and photography is assisted by Laser Autofocus and a wide angle 80 degrees lens. Features include continuous shooting at eight frames per second and Pro mode gives 12 bit RAW format support, for professional grade post shot editing on a computer.
Video sees a second smartphone world’s first, with stereo 24-bit Hi-Res audio recording that is 256 times more detailed, over twice the frequency range. In addition to this, Hyperlapse, slow motion and and 4K video recording is offered.
Selfie photography - Live make-up
The 5MP selfie camera has an 86 degrees wide angle lens and is the world’s only front camera to have OIS. The perfect results are aided by the screen flash and live make-up, enabling the selection of the right level of beautification before the shutter button is pressed.
Power - Rapid Charger included
HTC has done what most other phone makers have refused to, by including the Rapid Charger in the box. This works with Quick Charge 3.0 to give up to 50% charge in 30 minutes. In addition to this the rapid charge users cool charge to ensure the charger remains cool during the charging process.
The HTC 10 has a 3,000mAh battery and this should give most users up to two days use. Heavy users will appreciate the up to 27 hours talk time while low users will enjoy up to 19 days of standby.
This fantastic stamina has been achieved through HTC’s PowerBotics, which enhances software and hardware efficiency, to ensure that the charge lasts 30 percent longer.
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Written by: Michael Brown