By: Nirupam Manik, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi
Last updated : Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 18:01
To be launched in late December, HTC 10 Evo is said to be an improved version of HTC 10.
HTC today introduced two smartphones, Desire 10Pro and 10 Evo, for the Indian market. HTC India will formally launch the 10 Evo in late December and at that time only will reveal its price.
The device is touted to be an improved version of HTC 10. We spent some time with the device and here is our first impressions of the device.
Look and feel
Holding the new HTC 10 Evo brings back the old memories of HTC 10 as it shares a lot of design elements with the company's this year flagship. Built entirely out of aluminium, the chamfered edges give the design an even more premium feel in hands. HTC further boasted that the new HTC 10 Evo can survive 80 percent of the times if dropped from 1.6 metres above the ground. Both the volume rockers and power button sits on the right side with SIM removable trays on the left.
One notable omission is, of course, the 3.5 mm headphone jack. The device also comes with IP57 certified Water and Dust resistance. The Fingerprint scanner on the HTC 10 Evo is embedded into the Home Button sitting at the front below the screen.
The display on the HTC 10 Evo is a 5.5 inch Quad HD Super LCD 3 display with curved edges and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. For initial impressions, the display looked pleasing to the eye and the colour temperature looked to be slightly inclined towards the cooler side.
Coming to the software, the HTC 10 Evo comes with Android 7.0 Nougat on board with HTC's latest Sense skin. Sense 8 with Android 7.0 Nougat was quite snappy. There were no extra apps installed on the device which is what we saw with HTC 10 as well. The Fingerprint scanner was easy to set up and was fairly quick. However, if unlocking the device with the screen off, it does take a couple of seconds.
Underneath the hood, the 10 Evo is powered by 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 with Adreno 430, 3GB Ram and 32 GB internal storage which is expandable up to 2TB via micro SD. Based on the first impressions, as mentioned before, we didn't find any stutters or lags. However, we would advise you to wait for our detailed review for the HTC 10 Evo before you get influenced by any initial impressions.
Coming to the camera front, Sense 8's camera UI is simple yet customizable. The Primary camera is a 16-megapixel shooter with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus), BSI Sensor, OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), 4K video recording. Whereas the front facing camera is an 8-megapixel shooter with f/2.4 aperture, BSI sensor, 1080p video recording. Initial impressions of the camera on HTC 10 Evo was quite impressive, especially the front facing camera. HTC decided to go for more megapixels compromising on aperture for the primary shooter. Let's see if this gamble pays off.
HTC India also boasted a lot about the all new HTC BoomSound Adaptive audio coupled with High-Res DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Convertor). The HTC 10 Evo comes with a 3200 mAh battery with Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology. The device will sell in two colours in India- Gunmetal and Pearl Gold. To know more about the launch, click here.
A lot will depend on HTC's pricing for the HTC 10 Evo. As we said in our first impression of Desire 10 Pro before, HTC 10 was an impressive device but failed to make its mark due to costing. Having said that, the device has potential to make an impression but its success will depend on its pricing.