HTC s latest bet in India is its new set of smartphones, called the HTC Desire 10 Pro and the HTC 10 evo. While I have already talked about the HTC Desire 10 Pro being a potential competitor in the mid-range category with a price of Rs 26,490, let s talk about the yet-to-be-launched HTC 10 evo, which is touted to be the first all-metal unibody Android smartphone that is resistant to water and dust. With the little time spent with the device, here s how well the HTC 10 evo could make or further break HTC s market status. Also Read - HTC Desire 20+ launched with 48-megapixel quad rear camera setupAlso Read - HTC Wildfire E Lite smartphone design leaks online
The HTC 10 evo has a design quite identical to its predecessor, HTC 10, which was launched earlier this year. It features chamfered edges with a flat back with only the noticeable bump being the smartphone s camera ring. In contrast to the HTC 10, the HTC 10 evo, however, places the flash on the top instead of placing it adjacent to the camera, making the rear panel appear neater than before. In order to make the HTC 10 evo splash, water, and dust resistant, HTC is offering a matte finish design instead of the earlier glossy texture. While this might help in bringing in the required protection against splashes, it might not entice those looking for a premium, shiny-looking handset. Also Read - HTC Wildfire E Lite listed on Google Play Console
The HTC 10 evo joins the list of smartphones which have done away with the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. It comes with a USB Type-C port for both charging and audio support which has helped HTC achieve the desired thinness and also make the smartphone offer a very even look. HTC is further offering what it calls the world’s first USB Type-C dual adaptive earphones with BoomSound technology. At the front, the smartphone features the capacitive keys and home button at the bottom which has been embedded with a fingerprint sensor. On the sides of the HTC 10 evo are the volume rocker, power button, and SIM/microSD card slots.
While the smartphone doesn t actually offer a radical design, it does boast features like water and dust resistance which might help it, albeit only slightly, stand out among the crowd of premium-looking smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge which offer both contemporary design and latest features. ALSO READ: HTC Desire 10 Pro hands-on and first impressions
The HTC 10 evo comes with a 5.5-inch quad HD Super-LCD 3 display with curved-edge and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The screen appears to be slightly reflective. However, we need to test it thoroughly to check its legibility under various lighting conditions. The touch-response on the smartphone, not surprisingly, was smooth and almost intuitive.
A defeat that HTC 10 evo faces even before fighting the battle is due to its processor. It is questionable for a company to opt for an older processor, which has caused heating issues in the past, for its newer smartphone. The HTC 10 evo is presumed to be a premium successor to the HTC 10 but with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, only time will tell if the company has got the combination correct by coupling the octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM. At a time when smartphone makers are focusing on newest of Qualcomm chipsets with more RAM, HTC has moved back steps and opted for an older chipset. With the brief time spent with the smartphone, there were no issues while executing functions, however, we will reserve our verdict till a detailed review.
The HTC 10 runs on Android Nougat 7.0 with HTC s own Sense UI layered atop. As there isn t much bloatware, the 32GB of onboard storage could prove sufficient for light users. But for those looking at more storage power, there is microSD card support for up to a good 2TB of capacity.
With the HTC 10 evo, the company is offering a 16 -megapixel rear camera which comes with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), PDAF, dual LED flash, 4K video recording capability and plenty of DSLR-like pro mode shooting settings. It further comes with an 8-megapixel front sensor for selfies and video calling. The front camera is capable of shooting in full HD and comes with various modes such as Auto HDR, auto selfie, and selfie panorama. In the experience zone, the camera was snappy and produced sharp results. However, we will hold onto our judgment till the camera is put through tests in various lighting conditions.
The smartphone is packed with a 3,200mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0. The predecessor, HTC 10 with its 3,000mAh battery supported Quick Charge 3.0. Now this makes it even more difficult to whether call the HTC 10 evo a successor to previous models or a predecessor with certain compromises. Given the fact that the smartphone comes with a quad HD display and a processor known to result in heating issues, the lack of support for Quick Charge 3.0 could bring forth more questions about the overall performance of the smartphone. Having said that, real time usage shall put forth the real picture. ALSO READ: HTC Desire 10 Pro launched in India for Rs 26,490; HTC 10 evo launching in December: Specifications, features
All eyes will now be on how HTC prices the 10 evo, which will be critical to how the device performs in the competitive market. HTC has said that the new smartphone will hit the shelves in late December, and we will reserve all our judgments till then.