With Samsung having launched its flagship Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones in India, it was only a matter of time before its rivals did the same. Last week, the HTC 10 smartphone was launched in India, with a price tag of Rs 52,990. A lot depends upon the new smartphone, as HTC looks for some change in its fortunes amid dwindling revenues and profits. But with Samsung having already set the bar high with the impressive Galaxy S7, can HTC match or jump over it? We spent some time with the HTC 10, and here are our first impressions. Also Read - HTC Desire 20+ launched with 48-megapixel quad rear camera setupAlso Read - HTC Wildfire E Lite smartphone design leaks online
Let’s first get the obvious thing out of the way — the HTC 10 is gorgeous. The device oozes class and premium-ness, and it does feel like you are holding an expensive smartphone in your hands. Thanks to the compact size and the curved body, the device fits right into your palms as well. If we were to guess, we would say that the designers have borrowed all the good elements from the HTC One A9 and last year’s One M9. Also Read - HTC Wildfire E Lite listed on Google Play Console
The front is dominated by the 5.2-inch QHD (2560 1440 pixels) Super LCD 5 display, and there is nothing we could find to complain about. It is bright, with great color reproduction and the touch input was silky smooth. Below the display is the fingerprint scanner, embedded into what looks like a physical home button. But it is actually a touch-sensitive button like the one we saw on the OnePlus 2. With just a touch you can go back to the homescreen, and similarly by touching you can unlock the device. The back houses the antenna lines, rear camera and features the logo etched into the metal body.
Under the hood, the HTC 10 comes with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 820 chipset, which is paired with 4GB of RAM. Needless to say, performance will be the least of one’s concerns. It is as smooth a smartphone we have come across so far, and there were no visible lag or stutter. Much of that is also down to the new Sense UI, which is minimalistic and you largely get the experience of using a stock Android ROM. We will however reserve our final judgment till we have put the smartphone through a much sterner test in our review.
For photography enthusiasts, the HTC 10 is equipped with a 12-UltrapPixel 2 camera with f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization (OIS), laser auto-focus, and 4K video recording capabilities. The camera also comes with features like Pro mode, Auto HDR, HTC Zoe, hyperlapse and slow motion mode. Up front is a 5-megapixel auto-focus selfie camera with 1.34MICROm pixels, f/1.8 aperture, auto HDR, and ultra-wide angle lens. But the talking point is the presence of OIS in the front facing camera, which is not something we have seen before.
Most of the reviews we came across praised the smartphone’s camera and we would like to side with their verdict. In the little time we spent with it, the smartphone’s camera was able to click some great shots. Even the selfie camera was impressive. The initial impressions maybe positive, but we will wait to review the smartphone before passing our judgment.
While the HTC 10 might miss Galaxy S7’s water and dust resistant capabilities, it still comes with enough features to keep buyers interested. These include a microSD card slot with support for cards up to 2TB, stereo 24-bit Hi-Res audio recording capabilities, Dolby Audio support, 3,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support, and connectivity options like 4G LTE support, NFC and USB Type-C port.
Up until now it is almost as if we can’t find a fault with the HTC 10, and that is largely true. But the same can’t be said about the company, which decided to price the smartphone at Rs 52,990. Despite being a flagship device, a price tag greater than Rs 50,000 still seems a bit prohibitive and Samsung, to its credit, hit the bull’s eye by pricing the Galaxy S7 at Rs 48,900.
HTC has time and again struggled to price its smartphones aggressively, and this is despite operating in the Indian market for a long time. This also means that its impressive smartphones are unable to compete against immediate rivals. While some might argue that the price of the smartphone will fall after a few weeks, but so will the Galaxy S7’s.
It is too soon to pass a verdict when we have only used the smartphone for a short time, and we will soon be putting up our detailed review. If you are planning to buy a flagship Android smartphone, we will advise you to hold on for some time and wait for our review, which will help you in making the right buying choice.