HTC 10 Review
The HTC 10 is HTC’s latest flagship phone, featuring a 2K 5.2″ LCD display and a bold new chamfered contour and dual-textured finish. The full glass front has been merged seamlessly into the metal body, while the speakers have been redesigned to add to the sleeker look. Although HTC have gone for a more premium looking design, the HTC 10 is undeniably tough. In fact, it’s been subjected to over 168 hours of extreme temperature tests, ranging from -20°C to 60°C, plus over 10,000 drop, scratch and corrosion tests, ensuring the build quality can handle everyday knocks. The HTC 10 is available in Carbon Grey, which is similar in tone to the dark metal offered by the HTC One M9 and HTC One A9, Glacier Silver which looks like the classic HTC One M7 stylings, and Topaz Gold which is a muted gold back with a glossy white face.
HTC claims that their latest flagship device features the World’s first dual OIS, based on their research among major smartphone brand models earlier in the year.
With OIS in both front and back cameras, the result is bright, sharp and steady photos. While the main camera gives up to 136% more light in every shot, thanks to HTC’s new generation UltraPixel sensor with OIS featured and a bright ƒ/1.8 lens. Even the front camera is impressive with a large pixel sensor, ƒ/1.8 lens, and a screen flash offering brighter, richer selfies. While the wide-angle lens allows for easier group shots. The new camera has even been awarded a DxoMark score of 88 for camera quality, one of the highest scores to date. Finally, HTC takes visuals a step further with 4K video incorporated with the World’s first stereo 24-bit Hi-Res audio recording in a smartphone, to capture 265 times more detail across twice the frequency range.
While sound has always been at the heart of the HTC range, the new high performance headset amplifier that works alongside the Hi-Res audio and 24-bit DAC takes symphony’s to a whole new level. Even the HTC BoomSound™ speakers have been re-engineered in the HTC 10 to Hi-Fi edition, featuring the same separated tweeter and woofer design as leading acoustic systems, with a dedicated amplifier for each speaker. While the new earphones featured 8µm thin aerospace-grade polymer diaphragm and 70% oversized drivers to pump out richer sound across twice the frequency range.
When it comes down to performance, HTC has ticked another box. The HTC 10 screen is 50% more responsive than the previous HTC One M9, and can even track the smallest and fastest of finger movements. While apps launch twice as fast thanks to the auto-optimisation algorithm. In fact, the HTC 10 brings you the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor for the best performance. Plus enhanced 4G LTE support for faster network speeds and hassle free roaming in more countries.
The HTC 10’s screen is 50% more responsive than the HTC One M9, and apps launch twice as fast
When it comes to security and control, the HTC 10 features a fingerprint sensor for secure unlocking in 0.2 seconds, and an app lock function for locking any apps you choose, to protect your privacy. In fact, the App Manager also lets you see which apps are using extra resources, and the HTC 10 itself comes with fewer preloaded applications and reduced duplicate apps and bloat-ware to save on your memory space.
Finally, the HTC 10’s battery life will keep you powered for up to 2 days of normal use, thanks to a new PowerBotics system that enhances hardware and software efficiency and delivers up to 30% longer battery life. Better yet, when you do need to power up, you can charge faster than ever before with the latest Quick 3.0 enabled Rapid Charger that offers up to 50% of battery life in just 30 minutes.
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