New Delhi. HTC has finally made its latest flagship smartphone, HTC 10, official in India. The metal bodied handset is priced at Rs 52,990 and is already up for pre-order, with shipping starting June 5. HTC 10 was launched along with five other smartphones, namely the One X9 , Desire 628, Desire 830, Desire 630 and Desire 825.
The flagship HTC 10 was revealed globally last month. With it, the company has ditched the 'One' moniker that has been always there in its flagship handsets since the launch of the original HTC One. However, the HTC 10 still keeps its premium metal build has even improved upon it this time.
Not only are the specifications top-notch on paper, the overall package seems impressive too. We played with the smartphone at the launch event for a limited time, and here are our first impressions.
Design and display
The HTC 10 is one of the best smartphones we have come across, when it comes to build quality. The metal phone, although being slightly heavier than competing flagships, seems solid and sturdy in the hand.
The Taiwanese smartphone maker also showcased a small video showing the handset surviving numerous drops without any major scratches. The phone sports broad metal chamfered edges on the sides, making for a firm grip.
There's a headphone jack on top, a micro USB Type-C port at the bottom, power button and volume rocker on the right and a camera bump at the back. The camera bump, however, is more pronounced than what we have seen in flagships like Samsung Galaxy S7 or Apple iPhone 6s .
HTC 10, with its metal unibody build and dual-textured finish, left us impressed during the short time we spent with the device. Fingerprint sensor worked accurately as well.
The flagship comes with a 5.2-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixel resolution) Super LCD 5 display with a pixel density of 564ppi. It has really good viewing angles, and the Corning Gorilla Glass protected curved edge display is responsive.
At the launch event, HTC claimed that the handset's display has the best touch response when compared to that of iPhone 6S , Sony Xperia Z5 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 . Since it's a matter of milliseconds, it might not be visible to the end users anyway. The display is really bright and a bit reflective as well.
Camera and performance
HTC 10's rear camera performs really well. Camera's colour reproduction and its ability to click images within a snap, even in dim and artificially lighted conditions are impressive.
For those unaware, the smartphone houses a 12MP UltraPixel 2 camera with a pixel size of 1.55um, meaning more light is captured in one shot. This results in relatively brighter images, especially in low light conditions. The rear autofocus camera works in tandem with the BSI sensor, optical image stabilization and f/1.8 aperture to capture clear and sharp images.
Some of the camera modes in the HTC 10 include Self Timer, Auto-HDR, Panorama, Continuous shooting (up to 8 frames per second) and Hyperlapse.
The front-facing camera also performed well. In our limited testing, the HTC 10 gave decent results with its 5MP front-facing autofocus camera. The wide-angle front-facing camera also has a BSI sensor with optical image stabilization.
There's nothing much to comment about the smartphone's performance as of yet. HTC 10 runs on a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, clubbed with 4GB of RAM and an Adreno 530 GPU.
Initial impressions of the HTC 10 are really positive. The smartphone sports a premium build and feels great in the hand. On the software side of things, the phone comes with all the latest features found in Android 6.0 Marshmallow and adds some extra functionality to the mix as well, thanks to the Sense UI.
Though, the Rs 52,990 price tag might drive some consumers away. You can go for the LG G5 which has slightly better rear and front-facing cameras, same processor and bigger QHD display, all at the same price.