HTC finally revealed what they are obsessed about. It’s HTC 10; The best HTC’s Android phone, so far. While the HTC 10 is planned to be released in early May, here we have the HTC 10 first impression to see whether we should raise our expectations and hopes or the Taiwanese has finally managed to produce a perfect Android phone. On the paper, HTC 10 is the device you should be obsessed about, but it is better to wait for the reviews to see how HTC 10 holds up in action.
Well, before the full HTC 10 review, here is our first thoughts about the HTC 10 and the things we are already impressed about. Before getting to the HTC 10 first impressions, let’s have a quick look at the HTC 10 general specifications.
HTC 10 General Specifications:
- 145.9 x 71.9 x 9 mm, 161 g
- 5.2 inches, Super LCD5, 1440 x 2560 pixels, 565 ppi pixel density
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Adreno 530
- 32/64 GB of internal storage, 4 GB RAM of RAM, and microSD support up to 200 GB
- Android Marshmallow 6.0.1, HTC Sense UI
- 12 MP / 5 MP Rear and Front cameras, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, OIS
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC, USB v3.1 Type-C 1.0
- Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery (Non-removable)
- Colors: Carbon Gray, Topaz Gold, Glacier Silver
HTC 10 Design
The all metal body HTC 10 is loyal to both One M9 and One A9’s design languages, but we cannot say it is just a simple upgrade to these models. If you look at the front panel, you’ll notice the HTC logo and front speakers are gone and the phone looks much nicer than the One M9 in this regard. The bottom bezel is where HTC finally is getting most of it and the home button and capacitive back and recent buttons are there. And let’s hope the black bar on the bottom will be gone in the HTC 11, or whatever the name would be. The deep chamfers and smoother edges makes this 5.2-inch device easer to hold and more ergonomic.
And don’t worry about the similarity of HTC 10’s design to Apple products, just like the A9 as iPhone’s running Android, as everything about the HTC 10 has the HTC’s signature and not Apple’s.
HTC 10 Camera
First off all, HTC 10 is the first smartphone having Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) for both the rear and selfie cameras. It means you get to take less shaky and more stabilized selfies using your HTC 10.
The UltraPixel technology is also back to the HTC 10’s rear camera, called as UltraPixel 2, and according to the DXOMark review this 12MP camera with an f/1.8 lens, laser auto focus unit and dual-LED flash can take shots as high quality as the Galaxy S7 Edge.
There is still much to talk about the HTC 10’s camera quality, but we just leave it for the full review. For now, and on the paper, HTC 10 is one of the best phones, camera quality wise.
HTC 10 Software
HTC Sense is one of the few launchers that offers the least possible changes to the stock Android, and in the HTC 10, it seems the UI is getting more close to the Nexus interface than ever. One of the best thing about HTC 10 is about the number of Bloatwares. According to the Taiwanese company, HTC has come to an agreement with Google to reduce the amount of default apps to the minimum by deleting the unnecessary apps and duplicate apps. What do we mean by duplicates? Well, it means there will be only One calendar, One music player, One photo gallery and so on. For example, HTC Music Player, HTC Gallery and HTC Calendar have been removed in favor of Google Play Music, Google Photos and Google Calendar. On the other hand, HTC has kept the Dialer, Weather, Clock, BlinkFeed and some other services.
HTC has also cooperated with Apple to name the HTC 10 as the first Android device to support AirPlay technology officially. It means you can easily stream media (For now, it is only limited to Audio streaming, but we are hoping for video support too) to your Apple TV or your AirPlay-enabled speaker. Before HTC 10, you had to use unofficial third party apps to get the AirPlay support.
There is also another significant feature in the Sense UI, which is called the Freestyle Theme. This new feature, changes the home screen layout to the freestyle layout. It enables you to have more freedom when customizing your home screen by adding some cool stickers to the background an assigning different actions (like launching apps) to them once tapped.
HTC 10 Battery
It’s too soon to talk and judge about the HTC 10 Battery Life. HTC itself claims that the HTC 10 can hold up to 2 days with a single charge. This number is really impressive, but let’s not get too excited before a full battery test. HTC 10 supports the Quick Charge 3.0, and according the HTC the charger is designed to draw out the heat while charging.
HTC 10 Price and Availability
HTC has already begun taking pre-orders for the 32GB model with early May as the shipping date. In the U.S. the unlocked model is priced at $699 and if you are going to get it from a carrier, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint are your choices as surprisingly AT&T is not going to carry the HTC 10. By the way, HTC has announced that the unlocked HTC 10 model will work with AT&T SIM cards.
HTC 10’s price tag in UK is £569 and will cost you $999 in Canada.
Good news is that, there are already some discount coupons If you are going to buy the HTC 10 from HTC’s own store. Here are the discount odes for USA, Canada and UK respectively: HTC1008, HTCCA1008, and HTC10. The codes in the U.S. and Canada will cut you $100 while in the UK, it will be £57.
HTC 10 First Impression: Final Verdict
HTC 10 is not necessarily a successor to the 2015’s flagship, One M9, or the refreshed and upgraded version of A9. We believe, the Taiwanese manufacturer wants you to think of HTC 10 as a whole new line up in their productions. HTC 10 uses the best of M9 and A9 to deliver a new package known as the best HTC’s mobile phone ever. We really liked the HTC 10’s design, metal build, software features, hardware specs, camera quality, and battery life (if it lasts as claimed).
In overall, HTC seems to have finally found the road to success with HTC 10.