An impressive, but confusing, phone

Not yet rated ByGareth Beavispublished 22 November 16

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HTC knows how to lớn make good phones, & the 10 Evo is no exception. However, the odd price point, lower specs và lack of headphone jack might make this a tough sell.

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This is the điện thoại htc 10 Evo – it’s the smartphone htc 10 from earlier this year but with a slightly larger screen, while keeping a lot of the same features (and, don"t forget, this phone has emerged as the htc Bolt in the US).

It’s also the third phone from a big manufacturer to thất bại the tai nghe jack; but the difference here is that htc isn"t including an adaptor in the box lớn let you use your own 3.5mm cans or buds, so you’ll need khổng lồ pay a little bit extra lớn buy a USB-C-to-3.5mm adaptor from điện thoại htc itself.

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Given there are so many similarities between the 10 Evo và the ‘standard’ 10, it’s a little hard to see why smartphone htc has done this.

The brand told us that it saw a gap in the market for a phone with some flagship features but at a lower cost – this is a phone that’s 10-15% cheaper, but with a lower-spec chipset and less RAM than HTC"s main flagship device.

However, the 10 Evo does pack a lot of the same, hugely impressive, features as the điện thoại htc 10; & with a larger screen, apk Nougat & waterproofing on board it does at least offer something a little different.

HTC 10 Evo price & release date

The cost of the new smartphone htc 10 Evo is phối at around £450-£490 in the UK (with the equivalent Bolt costing $600 in the US), with pricing for other markets yet to be announced.

We’re still waiting on a definitive release date for the 10 Evo, but the Bolt will likely be arriving first.

Weight: 174gDimensions:153.59 x 77.3 x 8.09mmOS:Android 7 NougatScreen size: 5.5-inchResolution: 1440x2560CPU: Snapdragon 810RAM: 3GBStorage: 32GB (with microSD up to 2TB)Battery: 3200mAhRear camera: 16MPFront camera: 8MP

Design and performance

The kiến thiết of the điện thoại htc 10 Evo is impressive for a number of reasons. Firstly, htc has kept the metal unibody kiến thiết of the 10, but flattened the back of the phone, rather than having the palm-friendly rounding of the original.

This is so the phone doesn’t feel as cumbersome in the hand, given that you’re stretching the palm further to accommodate the larger screen size, but in truth it actually looks nicer, making the chamfered edges (‘sculpted by light’, if you’re into HTC’s marketing doublespeak) shine that little bit more.

It’s good khổng lồ see waterproofing on offer here, with the phone IP57 resistant. That’s pretty minimal compared to the Galaxy S7, for instance, but is more than life-proof in most situations (basically, not enough dust can get in to mess things up, & you can dunk it up to lớn a meter. It’s hard to see how most people would struggle with those parameters).

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There’s still the same Boomsound speakers above và below the screen for split audio performance (one for bass notes, the other for treble) but lượt thích the điện thoại htc 10 the performance feels lacking compared to other phones on the market.

Actually, it’s the Boomsound performance of the htc One M8 that we miss so much – that was some truly powerful audio coming out of a phone.

The screen is still a Super LCD3 affair, at QHD resolution, and while it shouldn’t be much different to that on the htc 10, other than a jump in kích thước from the 10"s 5.2 inches khổng lồ 5.5-inch, it feels lượt thích there’s something lacking in the màu sắc reproduction & contrast that doesn’t feel quite right.

Perhaps htc hasn’t tuned this screen to the levels of its flagship in a bid to save money, but it doesn’t feel anywhere near as vibrant.

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The most confusing / price-reducing thing smartphone htc has done here is use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset in the phone, along with 3GB of RAM.

That’s a big drop in performance from the Snapdragon 820/4GB of RAM pairing in the htc 10, và doubly confusing given that the Snapdragon 810 was plagued with overheating issues, which meant speeds were throttled.

Perhaps htc got these chips more cheaply as a result, but the brand is also claiming it"s worked hard on the cooling to make this older chipset work well.

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In fairness, the initial tốc độ of the smartphone htc 10 Evo isn’t diminished as a result, but it’s in long-term use (and battery performance) that this will show up.

Audio smarts

The audio performance of the smartphone htc 10 was one of the winning qualities of the phone, with 24-bit audio processing throughout and extra amplifiers for both the speakers and the headphone jack.

It’s going lớn aggravate a lot of people that the headphone jack is lost with no adaptor in the box (the iPhone 7 và Moto Z both offered such a tool as part of the price) but there is one saving grace: the excellent earbuds smartphone htc puts in the box instead.

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These were great on the điện thoại htc 10, & now they’re converted to lớn USB-C they still sound as impressive, but with a new trick: being able to lớn scan their environment.

When plugged in, you’ll be asked to lớn conduct a very quick test, where a sound is bounced into your ears và a ‘model’ of your ear canal is apparently built, which creates your personalized audio settings.

The chạy thử is speedy và results in markedly better audio – but can such a kiểm tra really be that accurate? Surely the other tests that HTC and its rivals offer, where you’re asked lớn confirm whether you can hear sounds at different frequencies, are better?

Maybe they are, but this method is quick & improves performance. You can even re-do it when in different situations (be it bad weather or on a train) lớn keep it optimized.

So while missing out on the headphone jack is going to lớn irk many, at least smartphone htc is offering a decent alternative in the 10 Evo.

Battery & camera

The smartphone htc 10 Evo battery life should, if all works out, be pretty good. It’s got a 3200mAh battery, with a slightly lower-power chipset lớn run than the htc 10, which means more efficiency as a result, according lớn HTC.

That larger nguồn pack (up from 3000mAh in the 10) is welcome, but it remains lớn be seen whether điện thoại htc has managed lớn work out its battery gremlins.

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Packing android 7 Nougat on board will surely help too, and in theory this phone could outperform the smartphone htc 10 in terms of longevity… although it’s equally possible that battery tuning has also been minimized to save costs.

The smartphone htc 10 Evo cameras are interesting in a couple of ways, one being the jump in px count on the rear. The 16MP sensor sounds lượt thích it should be sharper than the htc 10"s 12MP one (well, it is) but it doesn’t quite have the impressive low-light capabilities of the older phone, as the pixels themselves are smaller.

The same nguồn is on show though, in terms of being able to lớn shoot in raw mode and take full control of your snaps, & the range of manual controls still impresses.

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There’s a suspicion here, again, that điện thoại htc has taken a more ‘off the shelf’ approach lớn its sensor, but it’s clear that some decent work has gone into making it a decent snapper, with strong picture performance in our early tests, và optical image stabilization and phase detection autofocus (less movement in the snaps và fast focusing meaning sharper images) offering good results.

The 8MP front-facing camera is another interesting move, with panorama selfie mode enabling you khổng lồ take a picture of yourself, then tilt the phone left & right to lớn get more people into the frame.

Check out our hands-on đoạn clip above lớn see just how well that worked.

Early verdict

The best way khổng lồ describe the htc 10 Evo is… interesting. It’s better in many ways than the original 10, with waterproofing, simpler audio enhancement and a larger screen all being things we lượt thích to see.

But the older chipset và seeming lack of tuning throughout this phone suggest something a little underwhelming compared khổng lồ the underrated powerhouse that is the htc 10.

Gareth has been part of the consumer công nghệ world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling, & has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets và wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV và radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV & Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about căng thẳng management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.