HTC 10 evo is a mid-ranger with fab audio and camera

HTC today launched the HTC 10 evo- a follow-on phone to the HTC 10 but which features a larger display, a powerful battery and cameras.

HTC 10 evo offers a lot of features and functionalities that would otherwise merit a flagship phone, only if it wasn't underpowered.

If you liked the HTC 10 but didn't go for it because you wanted your phone to feature a larger screen, then you may want to take a look at HTC's new offering- the HTC 10 evo. Featuring similar looks as the HTC 10, evo comes with a 5.5-inch Quad HD display with a stellar density of 534 ppi and which is protected by the best in class Gorilla Glass 5 screen. While HTC isn't calling the evo a flagship, the phone still comes with bits of premium features to appeal to some who aren't looking for phablets that are too expensive.

Take the phone's design as an example. Given how the device differs from the 10, it seems HTC has learnt its lessons well. Even though it is taller than it's flagship sibling, evo is still a whole millimetre thinner, weighs just 10g more and is water an dust-resistant to an extent unlike the HTC 10. HTC sys the evo will survive dunks and scratches and the Gorilla Glass 5 screen will ensure your heart won't skip a beat every time the phone will take a fall. HTC has persisted with an all-metal design with chamfered edges and the phone thus looks as good as it is sturdy.

The primary camera doesn't feature HTC's home-grown UltraPixel technology but the camera here is still better than the one in HTC 10 in terms of raw resolution. The 16-MP lens comes with Optical Image Stabilisation, an f/1.8 aperture, Dual tone LED flash and a range of sensors to let you click away in all light conditions. The camera supports slo-mo videos in HD resolution, video capturing in 4K and Auto HDR which makes it quite a handsome deal for a mid-ranger. The front camera at 8-MP is also better than the one in HTC 10 (5-MP) and comes with Full HD video recording, auto selfie and selfie panorama capabilities.

What principally stops the phone from being a flagship one is it's hardware specifications. HTC 10 evo comes with the latest Android 7.0 Nougat on-board with HTC Sense UI support, but it's processor is a generation-old Snapdragon 810 which can clock up tp 2.0 GHz in speed. While it isn't as powerful or as power-efficient as the Snapdragon 820 in HTC 10, it's still the one that powered the Nexus 6P and almost every other flagship phone which launched in 2015. Coupled with 3GB of RAM, it should offer seamless performance under regular usage but don't expect it to run the same way as the HTC 10, especially while playing HD games or trying our VR experiences. Hardware-wise, it is the HTC One M9 all over again.

HTC 10 evo comes in 32GB and 64GB storage variants, just like the HTC 10, but it's battery is a more powerful 3,200 mAh one, probably owing to a larger display. There's a fingerprint sensor which can unlock the phone in just 0.2 seconds and can also unlock apps which have been locked by the App Lock function in Boost+. This feature, aside from securing your apps, will also let you clear junk files and allocate resources in your phone's memory to save valuable space for your new pictures, songs and movies.

HTC 10 evo, as per HTC, offers the best audio quality that the company can deliver, at par with the quality generated by the HTC 10. It comes with USB Type-C dual adaptive earphones which offer crystal-clear listening experience and HTC's BoomSound™ Adaptive Audio tech will ensure that your music's volume and clarity will adjust to your surrounding conditions, be it the quiet confines of your home or the hustle and bustle at Heathrow. All in all, the phone can be a real deal if priced correctly as the mid-range market is already cramped with a number of delightfully-priced competent smartphones. We will let you know about the phone's pricing and availability dates as soon as HTC makes an announcement.


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