Before we get into the discussion that whether HTC is getting or not the Snapdragon 820 variant to India, and which one to buy. Let’s check out what HTC has to offer in the HTC 10. (Most likely they are getting SD 820 variant as per recent update :).
HTC yesterday launched the flagship smartphone for 2016 named as the “HTC 10”. HTC dropped the M or One prefix and just called it as the HTC 10.
Moreover, the company said that the number 10 is perfect for the true flagship smartphone and hence they have dropped the prefix.
The Indian version is known as the HTC 10 Lifestyle.
HTC 10 comes with the changed design when compared to the last year’s flagship HTC M9+.
The design I would say is evolved and have new elements like the chamfered edge back cover with all unibody metallic finish.
Gone are the curves of the HTC One M9+ and are replaced by the chamfered edge surface.
There are subtle touches made to elements, like the power button now has a ribbed finish.
The boom sound speakers are replaced by the newly designed speakers which take less space.
The HTC 10 looks more like the amalgam of HTC One M9+ with chamfered edges and the A9 with curved 2.5 D glass.
The HTC 10 is not the thinnest (9.0 mm) or the lite weight (161 gram) mobile out there; the metal unibody has added bulk to the device.
The smartphone looks premium and will be available in dark grey, silver, and gold variants, and there will be a red variant too that so far is said to be available only in Japan.
Specifications & Features & Camera
Performance – HTC 10 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and coupled with the Adreno 530 GPU.
It is undoubtedly the best processor you can have on an Android smartphone currently.
HTC 10 comes with 4 GB of ram which is pretty standard these days on Flagships. The storage is 32 GB which can be expanded to 2 TB using a micro-sd card slot.
Display – The HTC 10 has an IPS LCD which HTC claims is 30% brighter compared to the display on HTC M9+.
The smartphone comes with a Quad HD display with 2560*1440 resolution and has a screen size of 5.2 inches.
HTC also says that the display is more responsive to touch compared to even an iPhone screen.
There is a 2.5 D curved gorilla glass used with the display of the HTC 10.
Battery – The HTC 10 comes with a 3000 mAH battery capacity that HTC says last for two days.
Htc has done various optimizations to make it better.
We can expect it to run at least for one full day with a good amount of usage.
HTC says they have optimized the apps and performance to make sure that they open much faster.
Camera – The HTC 10 comes with a 12 ultra Pixel rear camera which HTC claims is the best you can get and even the guys at DXOmark has given it a score similar to the Samsung S7.
The HTC 10’s rear camera comes with a f/1.8 aperture and also has optical image stabilization. The camera can also record 4K videos and offers slow motion recording.
The front camera on the HTC 10 has got improved too and now comes with a five ultra pixel lens and also features optical image stabilization to ensure better selfies.
OS and HTC Sense UI – HTC 10 runs on the HTC Sense UI 8 along with the Android Marshmallow 6.0.
One notable improvement the UI brings is the absence of bloat in the HTC 10.
HTC has worked with Google to remove the redundant Apps from HTC 10’s OS. For example, there is only one gallery App on HTC which is stock Android Photos App.
Quite similar to Nexus devices.
One major complaint about Samsung S7 buyers was that there are 2 Apps for doing everything one from Samsung and another one from Google.
And some more bloat added by the telecom operators.
This has been managed well in the HTC 10.
HTC 10 offers near stock android experience but also have some of the good features of HTC Sense UI.
Sound – If we are talking about HTC 10 how can we forget the sound. HTC has changed the boom sound speaker design, and now the large front speaker below the screen is shifted to the bottom of the device.
Similar to the placement of speaker on. iPhone 6s or Samsung S7.
The boom sound speakers now take lesser space and help to improve the screen to body ratio on HTC 10.
HTC 10 also comes with the ability to convert the sound to 24 bit, and there is a very cool pair of earphones which comes with the HTC 10.
The mobile offers excellent music listening experience.
Audiophiles would love the HTC 10.
Coming to the more significant debate; Which is going to come to India?
HTC earlier said that they would get the HTC Lifestyle variant in India which is powered by Snapdragon 652, but now they have changed the stance, and most likely India will also get the Snapdragon 820 variant.
Update -14-April 2016
HTC To Bring Snapdragon 820 HTC 10 variant to India.
HTC – We love you – say joyous HTC India fans. I guess, I too owe them an apology for criticising them for not getting the real flagship to India.
Responding to the fans furor, and criticism on Facebook and Twitter. HTC has finally shared a brilliant positive news :).
HTC updated their website today and changed the processor to Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 from the Snapdragon 652.
Also, HTC has shared a hint on Twitter, replying to fans plea of getting the SD 820 version. It is most likely now that HTC will get the SD 820 variant.
That’s More like a sports HTC!
They also changed the 3 GB RAM to 4 GB in the updated specs sheet on their website. Check HTC Website.
We will update about the price for HTC 10 in India as soon as HTC shares some information also it is yet to be seen if HTC launches both HTC 10 (SD 820) and the HTC 10 Lifestyle (SD 652) in the Indian market.
Earlier which is no longer valid.
HTC 10 Lifestyle India Should You Buy It in India(Snapdragon 652)
Hmm, this is a tough question and can’t be answered by just looking at what HTC 10 has to offer.
Do we need the price?
Also the bigger question?
Is HTC going to sell only the Snapdragon 652 variant in the Indian market?
HTC has listed the HTC 10 Lifestyle variant on the official HTC India website.
And unfortunately, they have mentioned only the Snapdragon 652 (clocked at 1.8 GHz) variant named as HTC 10 Lifestyle.
Here are some of the Comments from HTC Fans on HTC Facebook Page in India: HTC has not reverted to any comments about the availability of the HTC 10 Snapdragon 820 version in India so far.
We are Indians and obsessed with Specs and Performance.
Want the bang for the buck, no compromises.
To add insult to the injury, it also comes with 3 GB RAM instead of the 4 GB ram on the global HTC 10 (SD 820 version).
To be brutally honest, I don’t think, so it is a flagship phone (SD 652 version) I would go for even in comparison to Google Nexus 6P or Samsung Note 5 let alone the Samsung S7 and iPhone 6s.
HTC 10 (SD 820) is priced at $799 in the US, and there is also an offer of $100 discount on pre-order.
In India yet the pricing is not revealed but it can be in the range of 45K to 55K.
HTC 10 is a compelling option (with Snapdragon 820) but can they command a premium price in the Indian market like Samsung or Apple, that is tough to answer.
Will HTC, this time, bite the bullet and launch it cheaper, we don’t expect that.
HTC and pricing, don’t go together, at least not in the past.
All hope is not lost if HTC launches the Snapdragon 820 version in India in near future than it can be a compelling option for flagship buyers.
HTC has yet not made it clear if they will not launch the SD 820 version in India, they may give in to demands from HTC fans.
It is going to be a tough choice to pick up the HTC 10 (Snapdragon 820 version) over a Samsung S7 or the iPhone 6s.
The key for HTC lies in pricing.
If You want to Add to the Story – Share your thoughts in Comments – I am Listening!
Check Out Our Latest Video and Subscribe to Candytech Channel!!!