This year’s flagships have been quite impressive and almost every company has impressed us in some way or the other. Now it’s HTC’s turn. The Taiwanese company has been one of the oldest Android smartphone makers and has produced some aesthetically attractive devices over the years.

The One flagship series has seen a lot of attraction which includes some of the best looking metal-body smartphones from HTC. The past two years however have not really been good for the company. It has faced tough competition in the high-end as well as the mid-range from established as well as new Chinese players.

Their new strategy this year seems to divide their devices in three categories, the lower-end ones in the Desire range, the premium range in the One series and an all rounder top of the line device, which is the HTC 10.

We took the device for a spin to see if the it can save the company from falling apart.

Build and Design: 8.5/10

HTC has taken elements from the One A9 and One M9 to create this beautiful metal smartphone that is hard to resist. The front is completely covered with glass which is slightly raised and curved to give it a smooth flowing finish. The back is all metal, including the edges which have been chamfered giving the handset a very distinctive look. It also fits very well in the hand and surprisingly doesn’t feel very heavy for a metal smartphone.

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Looking at the prominent elements, you get a big slit above the display which houses the one part of the dual stereo speakers and the earpiece. Apart from that, there is a large front camera and a notification LED. Below the display is a capacitive type fingerprint scanner accompanied by the back and multitasking buttons which light up as you touch them. The fingerprint scanner also acts as the home button.

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On the right edge you will find the SIM tray and very solid looking volume rocker and power/lock buttons. On top edge is the headphone jack, the microSD card tray on the left and on the bottom edge is the microphone, a USB Type-C port and the second half of the stereo speakers. Moving to the back you will notice very familiar looking antenna bands on the top and bottom, the camera which is slightly raised along with a dual-LED flash, a laser guided autofocus mechanism and a rear microphone. One feature that is probably missing is waterproofing, although it is IP53 rated so it can withstand a few splashes.

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The smartphone is very well polished and it is easily one of the best looking and well built smartphones of 2016.

Features: 8/10

You get top of the line features on the HTC 10 which you might see on most of the flagships smartphones that were launched this year including a Snapdragon 820 processor which comes with four Kyro cores, two clocked at 2.15GHz and two at 1.6GHz. There’s an Adreno 530 GPU for graphics as well 4GB of RAM which sounds pretty good for handling multitasking.

For storage you get 32GB of inbuilt memory and you get an option of expanding it further using a microSD card as there is a dedicated slot. There is a 5.2-inch quad-HD (2560×1440) resolution display with a curved glass finish, a 12MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, a fingerprint scanner and a 3,000mAh battery. Connectivity wise you get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC and DLNA. Surprisingly there is no FM Radio onboard.

Publish date: July 28, 2016 1:05 pm| Modified date: July 30, 2016 1:27 am

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