HTC 10 Review
The one thing HTC has gotten right since the original One is aesthetics, and we're happy to see that the 10 is no different. Sculpted from a single block of aluminium, the phone feels as premium as they come. The body is built ergonomically but the smooth finish doesn't offer much grip, which can be a problem when using the phone with one hand. The phone has a distinctively wide chamfered edge on the back which looks nice when light catches it. We did notice that the edges around the display can feel a little sharp when you hold this phone.
In terms of power, the HTC 10 packs in nothing but the best. We have Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 quad-core SoC, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB or flash storage. This results in some pretty good benchmarks numbers. We got 118,856 in AnTuTu and a healthy 53fps in GFXbench. Other specifications include Category 9 LTE speeds for most Indian 4G bands, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, USB OTG, and GPS. There is no FM radio. The phone also seems to have reverse charging which makes it act like a power bank. The option pops up when you plug in a USB device.
The HTC 10 never skipped a beat during our rigorous test period. There were a few moments when the interface would stutter, but these were few and far between. Call quality is rather excellent, with clear audio from the earpiece. We found that the phone doesn't overheat during regular use but it does get noticeably hot when using the camera.
The 3000mAh battery lasted for 8 hours and 23 minutes in our video loop test, which was a bit disappointing. However, with real-world usage, we managed to easily go past a full day before needing to charge this phone. The HTC 10 supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 which promises a 50 percent charge in just 30 minutes.
The HTC 10 gets a proper flagship price of Rs. 52,990 which puts it right up there with the Samsung Galaxy S7 (Review) and the LG G5 (Review). With such a high price, it's not unreasonable to expect perfection and the HTC 10 does deliver that on some counts, but not all. That then begs the question, does it make sense spending this kind of money for such a device when you could get a similar experience at nearly half the price? The OnePlus 3 (Review) has proven to be a worthy low-cost flagship this year, offering premium level performance at a price most can afford. We sincerely hope the South Korean and Taiwanese brigade re-think their next flagship offerings.