HTC is the company that brought elegance to the Android stable. The Taiwanese manufacturer’s design expertise puts it in the league of design-centric companies such as Apple and Nokia (now Microsoft Mobile). Especially, the One (M7) and One (M8) are still considered one of the best metal-clad handsets. The company did not live up to the expectations in the previous generation. However, looks like it is back on track with the HTC 10.
With added chamfered edges, the phone gets even more refined look. The unibody phone does away with the signature front speaker grille found on HTC flagships. For navigation controls, HTC is following Samsung’s lead — a tactile home button flanked by two capacitive keys.
The HTC 10 sports a 5.2-inch with QHD resolution. It is an LCD screen with the scratch resistant Gorilla Glass. I so wish, HTC had given a shot to OLED screen this time around. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 820 chipset. It has 4 GB RAM and 32 GB \ 64 GB internal storage. HTC has also thrown-in a microSD card slot.
The phone features a 12 megapixel camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation). To please the narcissist people, even the front facing camera is backed by OIS. It is the world’s first smartphone to feature this pointless feature.
The handset runs heavily-modified Android 6.0 Marshmallow. HTC has the best Android customisation in the market, and going by the press images, things look even better in the latest iteration.
Unlocked HTC 10 is pegged at $700 (Rs 46,500) in the US. It is already up on pre-order, and is expected to retail in May. The phone will ship with a 3.0 Rapid Charger that reportedly charges the battery up to 50% in just 30 minutes.
Undoubtedly, the HTC 10 looks promising. However, if you are an Indian, hold your horses, as the Taiwanese brand is launching two variants of the phone. One with the Snapdragon 820 processor for most of the west and a watered-down HTC 10 Lifestyle with Snapdragon 652 chip for us Indians.