HTC 10, this is how it stands against its high-end rivals
After some recent models with which it has gradually been moving away from the leading positions in the high range, HTC today presented its new HTC 10. With it they wanted to make a clean slate and try to not forget some of its hallmarks, and we see that in a different but similar name, and the same goes for its design.
To change HTC has changed until the date in which it presents its flagships, preferring to wait for weeks to pass since the Samsung and LG launches so that no new mobile obscures theirs. But what else is in this high-end HTC? Is it equipped enough to be able to face its rivals with guarantees?
Renovated design following the path of the A9
With the HTC One A9 the Taiwanese have already shown their intentions to give a return to the design of their devices, and after three years of cloning their range of flagships the time has also come. Of course, they change the design maintaining the quality of its materials, and once again betting on metal for its outer shell.
What has been left by the way are that annoying logo that they used to put on the front making it gain a few centimeters and its characteristic front speakers. With this they have been able to go from 5 to 5.2 inches maintaining practically the same height, gaining however a few millimeters in width and reducing its thickness compared to the HTC One M9
Still, these efforts seem not to have been enough to stand out from some of its competitors. If you look at the table, other models with 5.2-inch screens such as the Huawei P9 or the Lumia 950 achieve more restrained sizes.
Nor does it seem to have managed to score as many in the thickness or weight of your device, and the same has happened when it comes to adding some increasingly standardized extras such as water resistance or protection against dust. At least they have not forgotten to include a fingerprint sensor and a USB Type-C port that has been missing in other great stars of the year such as the Galaxy S7.
Specifications that we know by heart
If there is one thing that stands out in this year's new generation of top-range mobiles, it is that its internal specifications are being very similar, especially in terms of its processor, RAM and battery configuration. As always, there are exceptions like the Huawei or the Exynos models of the Galaxy S7, but in most of the others there are no surprises.
And be careful, because I am not saying that it is good or bad, simply that everyone is playing it safe with the Snapdragon 820, 4 GB of RAM and 3,000 mAh batteries. These configurations are repeated so much that those who cannot reach them seem inferior, and leaving the norm like Samsung or Huawei may seem an unnecessary risk.
But where there are really differences is on the screens, and this is doubly important. On the one hand, putting a more capable screen can help the mobile stand out from the competition, but it is also something that can turn against it by directly affecting autonomy. In this aspect HTC has not thought about it, and has decided to bet everything on image quality.
Therefore, while manufacturers such as Huawei, Sony, Apple and Xiaomi prefer to settle for more than enough Full HD on their screens to save battery life, the Taiwanese join Samsung, LG or Microsoft in casting the rest with QHD resolutions. 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, entrusting itself to the benefits of the processor so that it does not have too much impact on autonomy.
But autonomy does not depend solely on these characteristics either. For when we can analyze it we will be left to see to what extent the experience improves your Super LCD5 panel, and also what changes it may have added at the software level. It will be then when we can make a real comparison based on experience and not only on the specification table.
A camera that seems to finally hit the mark
In the end, time has ended up giving the reason to HTC and its idea of not going crazy with the number of megapixels betting on sensors with larger pixels. But despite that we can not say that the photographic quality of its latest flagships has been up to scratch, so many eyes will be on the HTC 10 camera this year.
And on paper at least it seems that the Taiwanese have taken note of their mistakes. They match Apple, Samsung and Huawei in megapixels, they continue to opt for their UltraPixel, and offer an opening at the height of the best that only Samsung has improved. They have also not forgotten about 4K video recording, not bad for the rear camera.
But where the surprise is is in the front, since the HTC 10 wants to put the medal of being the first mobile with optical stabilization in it. Therefore, you can get the attention of selfie lovers with a front camera designed for them, which also have a maximum aperture of f / 1.8.
But sadly where HTC seems to screw up again is in the price. And it is useless to equal the competition in benefits if you later decide to sell your mobile at a much higher price. As we can see on its official page, the presale price is 749 euros, making it the most expensive mobile on the market. Will their weapons and their apparent balance be able to make the price slab not decisive?
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