HTC 10

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Carbon Grey
Silver

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Andriod

Quad Band

4G

Wifi

Push Email

HTML Browser

GPS

Music Player

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12MP Camera

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About the HTC 10

The HTC 10

HTC decided to improve on what they did well with the HTC 10, launched in April 2016, and marking a welcome return to form after 2015's disappointing One M9. A distinctive body, highly impressive audio performance, and a slimmed down user interface made sure it got plenty of positive reviews - but is it enough to rescue HTC's bruised reputation and compete against the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 6S?

htc 10 in silver and carbon grey

HTC 10 in Silver and Carbon Grey. @HTC

Specs

As seems to be the case with most flagship smartphones released in 2016, the HTC 10 uses 4GB of RAM to run a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with two dual-core CPUs, one of which is a 2.15GHz Kryo, the other a dual-core 1.6GHz Kryo. That's more than enough power to run Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), especially when overlaid with a user interface as stripped back as this version of HTC Sense. The user interface is missing almost all of the duplicate apps often found on Android devices, instead using Google's native apps.

The lack of bloatware leaves much more room on the internal memory for the apps and media of our choice - and there's the option of 32GB or 64GB, both of which can be boosted to ridiculous levels by using Android Marshmallow's Adaptable Storage to combine them with a microSD card of up to 256GB.

The 5.2 inch "super LCD 5" screen has a quad-HD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440, equivalent to 564 pixels per inch. The "super LCD 5" part of that description translates to a broader range of truer colours, added sharpness, and good contrast. It's not got quite the pop of the super AMOLED displays used by Samsung - but then those are often criticised for being oversaturated.

Look and feel

The HTC 10 measures 71.9 mm x 145.9 mm x 9 mm - a little taller and broader than the Samsung Galaxy S7 (which we look at here), but 1.2 mm thicker. And while many larger smartphones now feature curved or tapered rear panels that sit more comfortably in our hands, the HTC 10 has bevelled edges, making it look and feel somewhat blockier - and sturdier - than other similarly sized handsets.

Some of the spare processing power has been put towards providing a much more responsive touch interface. Because Android is designed to work with so many different devices, touch sensitivity and response can vary considerably from brand to brand - but having ditched so many apps, HTC have instead been able to focus on improving other features, like the speed with which the phone reacts when we tap the screen.

We can also customise the phone's interface via the Freestyle layout, which allows users to replace icons with stickers that can point not just to an app, but to a specific action within that app. It's a nice extra - but the feature lacks when compared to Apple's 3D Touch, which offers a range of actions depending on how we touch the screen.

In Use

As a phone, the HTC 10 offers quad band 2G and 3G connectivity, and supports a good range of 4G LTE bands - although those who travel further afield than Europe may find that it doesn't support 4G services from all of their network's roaming partners. It'll use the fastest available wi-fi signal, and can connect with other nearby devices via Bluetooth v4.2, with extra support for sharing audio via aptX and A2DP protocols.

Audio - music - is important to HTC. Buyers in the UK will get a set of hi-res certified earphones with the handset, to make the most of the 24-bit audio processor (which can also upscale 16-bit recordings) and the amp in the headphone jack. HTC have turned the front facing speaker at the top of the screen into a dedicated tweeter; the bottom speaker, now dedicated to bass, points downwards. Each has its own amp for extra clarity and volume without distortion.

If left in standby, the 3,000mAh battery will last up to 19 days. More practically, HTC says that it should offer up to 27 hours of talk time on 3G - and real life tests suggest that average users will find it more than lasts the day when in mixed use. When it does need charging, however, the HTC 10 is one of just a few handsets to need a reversible USB C charger. Unlike the majority of USB chargers, the connector fits whichever way up we plug it in - but all those micro USB cables most of us co-opt as "spare" chargers are now useless.

Camera

HTC have opted for a 12MP sensor with slightly larger pixels to capture more information in the 10's main camera. They've also brought back Zoe photos, their version of Apple's Live Photos. The flash is dual LED and dual tone, and dedicated photographers should be pleased with the Pro mode and ability to shoot in the RAW format. The phone can also record video in 4K with 24-bit sound, and in slo-mo (120fps) at 720p.

Despite that extra control, the HTC 10 doesn't allow the user to set exposure by selecting a particular area in shot. Instead it tries to do it by judging the whole scene - so if there's one bright light in shot it'll throw the levels across the rest of the image. In uniform low light situations the camera performs well - so users may need to think a little more about setting up pictures than with other camera phones.

Finally, as well as including optical image stabilisation for the main camera, HTC claimed a first by adding it to the 5MP front facing camera on the 10. They've also used the same slightly larger pixels in the smaller camera as in the main one - which makes for brighter, sharper selfies, and combined with a wide angle setting it's good for group or scene-setting photos too.


HTC 10 Specifications
Model HTC 10

htc 10
Form Factor Bar
Dimensions
(w x h x d)
71.9mm x 145.9mm x 9.0mm
Weight 161g
Screen Size 5.2"
Screen Resolution 1440 x 2560
Pixel Density 565 ppi
Screen Detail Super LCD5 capacitive touchscreen
Touchscreen
Qwerty Keyboard
Sensors Accelerometer, Compass, Fingerprint, Gyro, Proximity
Operating System Andriod (Version 6.0.1)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
Processor (CPU) Quad-core (2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo)
Graphics (GPU) Adreno 530
Internal Memory 32 GB
Memory Card microSD (Up to 256 GB)
Talk Time 1620 mins
Standby Time 27360 mins
2G GSM Quad
GSM850, 900, DCS1800, PCS1900
GPRS
Edge
3G (HSDPA)
4G (LTE)
WLAN (Wifi) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wifi Hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2
USB 3.1
GPS (Location Services)
MMS
Email
Push Email
Web Browser HTML5 browser
Camera 12 MP
Camera Flash Dual LED
Video Camera
Video Calling 5MP
Music Player MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLAC
Video Player XviD, MP4, H.264, WMV
FM Radio
Headphone Jack

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Model HTC 10

htc 10
Form Factor Bar
Dimensions
(w x h x d)
71.9mm x 145.9mm x 9.0mm
Weight 161g
Screen Size 5.2"
Screen Resolution 1440 x 2560
Pixel Density 565 ppi
Screen Detail Super LCD5 capacitive touchscreen
Touchscreen
Qwerty Keyboard
Sensors Accelerometer, Compass, Fingerprint, Gyro, Proximity
Operating System Andriod (Version 6.0.1)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
Processor (CPU) Quad-core (2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo)
Graphics (GPU) Adreno 530
Internal Memory 32 GB
Memory Card microSD (Up to 256 GB)
Talk Time 1620 mins
Standby Time 27360 mins
2G GSM Quad
GSM850, 900, DCS1800, PCS1900
GPRS
Edge
3G (HSDPA)
4G (LTE)
WLAN (Wifi) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wifi Hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2
USB 3.1
GPS (Location Services)
MMS
Email
Push Email
Web Browser HTML5 browser
Camera 12 MP
Camera Flash Dual LED
Video Camera
Video Calling 5MP
Music Player MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLAC
Video Player XviD, MP4, H.264, WMV
FM Radio
Headphone Jack

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