Specs summary


The HTC 10's screen is 5.2 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Quad core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat) operating system (OS).

12+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 19 days standby time, 1620 minutes (2G), 1620 minutes (3G), 413 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

The HTC 10 is a huge step up from the HTC One M9, and it fits in well with a market saturated with excellent handsets.

- Dragan Petric , Brighthand 

HTC 10 doesn’t disappoint on any crucial aspect and delivers on all fronts: be it camera, performance or battery.

- Shruti Dhapola , The Indian Express 

Reviews summary

Based on 56 reviews

What's good  

  • Great design
  • Flawless performance
  • Stock-like Android experience
  • microSD and Adoptable Storage support
  • Good battery life
  • QuickCharge 3.0
  • Clear display

What's bad  

  • Dim display
  • Sketchy Wi-Fi reception
  • Color accuracy issues with camera
  • Non-removable battery
  • Price

Once a top contender and innovator in mobile design, HTC hasn’t exactly dominated with it’s last few releases. You’ve probably heard a lot of hype on both sides of the fence related to their latest release. We’ve dug through the best reviews and insights to highlight the important considerations anyone should look at before investing in the HTC 10.

HTC was a pioneer for the metal unibody design. The HTC sticks with this trend presenting a phone that is a bit thicker than many competing flagships at 9mm. While most reviews noted that the phone was noticeably heavier than many recent phones, they all considered this a good thing. Phone Arena notes, “The HTC 10 not only looks great—it also feels great. In the hand, it's substantial and pleasantly heavy in a way that few phones are.”

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Reviews were also positive when it comes to build quality. Tight seams, rigid design and an evolution of the typical HTC formula appears to have paid off. Android Police loved the look, saying, “I don't know of another phone that looks quite like this one.”

And this starts a trend that continues through many reviews in virtually every aspect of the phone. This isn’t a glamorous phone or a game-changer. It’s a durable, utilitarian phone. One made for life and use. From CNet to Pocket-Lint, this sentiment is repeated often.

Coming around to the front of the phone, you’re greeted with a 5.2-inch, 1440-by-2560 display. HTC opted for a Super LCD 5 and this leads to the first of many mixed opinions in the reviews. Android Police was perhaps the harshest, calling the screen, “the 10's weakest attribute.”

While reviews for the screen were generally positive, they all noted minor concerns with brightness and color accuracy. Pocket-Lint stated, “the HTC 10 can look a little dim at times and that makes it seem less impactful than its rivals.” Most also pointed out a blue tint to the image and almost all recommend switching the screen from Vivid mode to sRGB mode. However, all agreed that the details and viewing angles of the screen were great.

Pushing all those pixels, you’ll find what has become a standard in 2016 flagship phones--the Snapdragon 820. Couple that with 4GB of RAM and you’ll enjoy performance that reviews could find no flaws with. Though most reviews were quick to point out that the benchmarks for the phone fall behind some of the other flagships, real life performance appears to be fluid. Alphr noted, “during my time with the handset it scythed through everything I threw at it.” Phone Arena was more impressed, calling the HTC 10, “by far the smoothest-running, non-Nexus Android device to grace our offices.”

The phone dropped with Android 6.0.1 installed. While they haven’t offered the 15-day promise of previous models, HTC tends to offer some of the shortest update times next to Nexus devices. Reviews all noted the near-stock Android experience offered by the 10. SlashGear called HTC’s Sense 8.0, “a far less domineering experience, however, and that's down to some welcome restraint on the part of the software team.” Droid Life again references the utilitarian nature of the phone, calling the interface “a bit boring or bare bones, only in a really, really good way.”

To ensure there’s plenty of room for all of your favorite apps and games, HTC includes 32GB of internal storage on the US/NA model. HTC has mentioned that a 64GB variant will be available in select markets--though they haven’t outlined which ones.

If you’re looking to store your collection of movies, music or games on your device, you’ll find the microSD slot offers support for cards up to 2TB in capacity. This is also where HTC separates itself from the competition. They’re one of the first major handsets to enable Adoptable Storage support in Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. This allows you to, essentially, treat the SD just like internal storage. No more splitting apps between storage and SD or jumping through hoops. Just keep in mind, once you set up a card as adoptable storage, removing it is not recommended. So, it might be a bit of a compromise depending on your usage.

Heading the cameras, you’ll find another mobile first. The rear-facing camera is fairly standard mobile kit these days. A 12+ megapixel lens with UltraPixel 2 technology, optical image stabilization, 4K video support and a wide aperture for decent low-light performance. Where HTC changes things is on the front. The 5MP front-facing ‘selfie shooter’ also features optical image stabilization. If you’re a fan of the front-camera, this should help keep shots clear and crisp.

Reviews for the cameras were a bit of a mixed bag. Reviewers universally agreed that the HTC camera app itself is well-designed and a joy to use. However, many noted that their images took on a pink tint. Some even had trouble with lens-flares and light fringing--something all but eliminated in most high-end handsets these days.

Droid Life summed up opinions on the camera well, saying, “It’s not my favorite camera in the current crop of flagships, but it’s not one that will cause you to question your purchase, should you decide to buy the 10.”

To keep everything juiced up and ready to go, HTC included a 3,000mAh battery in the 10. While it’s not removable, it does support QuickCharge 3.0 and includes a compatible charger with the phone. For most reviews, this netted a 50 percent charge in roughly 20 minutes with a full charge time near an hour and a half.

Battery life will depend on your usage. Droid Life said, “I’m averaging right around 14-16 hours on a single charge with around 3 hours of screen on time.” Phone Arena had better luck, noting, “In everyday usage, you can expect the HTC 10 to handle anywhere between a day/day-and-a-half, depending on how much you stress the device.” While this is a far cry from the two-day life touted by HTC, most reviews note that it should be plenty to get most users through a day without searching for power outlets.

If you’re shopping for an unlocked device, purchasing the HTC 10 direct through HTC will net you a cool perk--12-months of “Uh Oh Protection”. This means you can take your phone on-the-go with the peace of mind of one-time replacement for cracked screens or water damage.
There were, however, a few complaints about the phone. The first being the Wi-Fi strength. Android Police notes, “The 10, in particular, seems to have "death grip" syndrome along the bottom of the device. I can completely lose Wi-Fi connectivity in my bedroom simply by holding the phone tightly in one hand with my thumb along the bottom edge.” While other reviews didn’t get this specific, many noted an obvious problem with range and signal strength.

The other issues mentioned in reviews is the Boomsound Speakers. HTC has always been known for the audio experience offered by their handsets. With the HTC 10, their latest effort appears to have fallen a little short. While most reviews are quick to point out that the speakers aren’t bad, they’re also not the experience many HTC owner’s enjoyed on previous handsets.

One exception to this is for high-end headphones. With a 24-bit DAC and the ability to tune audio profiles for up to three headsets, audiophiles might find a little more to love about the handset once the speakers are out of the picture.

Overall, the reviews ended with a positive note. Though all questioned the pricing of the phone. Android Police called it, “a very good phone - easily the best the company has produced since the original M7.” While most reviews would agree, Alphr provided the best summary of opinions out there, saying, “It’s a great handset, and jumps straight into our league table of the finest smartphones. But, given the strength and popularity of the opposition, HTC may begin to wish it had tried that bit harder to win the all-important price war.”

Reviews (8.7/10 Avg. rating)


Welcome back to the premier league

from Pocket-lint
The HTC 10 is the most compelling smartphone from HTC in the past few years. This new handset wipes out the spectre of the HTC One M9, presenting a device with serious hardware and build, and finally a camera that gives you good consistent results without much effort... Full review
PC Advisor

A solidly good phone

from PC Advisor
There's a lot to like with the new HTC 10 including a number of hardware upgrades across screen, camera and audio, plus a Nexus-like stock Android experience. However, we're not totally sold on the design and it's tough at the top these days. While the HTC 10 is a solidly good phone and a respectible upgrade for M9 owners, it doesn't blow the competition out of the water. The features which appeal the most are more niche than mass market... Full review
The Mobile Indian

It is good but seems overpriced

from The Mobile Indian
HTC 10 has a great spec sheet. But it has few cons which weakens it case a bit. Also it doesn't have any iconic innovations like a dual camera or an edge screen. With a price of above Rs 55,000, the HTC 10 also seems a bit overpriced but with new competitors coming into the market, there could be a revision in its price. So it is advisable to wait it out... Full review

Certainly puts in a star turn with its hi-fi audio

from V3
Ultimately the HTC 10 delivers in more areas than not. Performance is top-notch owing to that Snapdragon 820 chip, the battery is long-lasting and there's plenty of storage. The sleek lines and clean industrial finish aren't only skin deep thanks to the tidy Android OS experience, and the improved BoomSound speakers and additional support for hi-res audio make it the ideal choice for those looking to up their audio game... Full review

It is one of the top five flagship smartphones to buy today

from tech2
HTC has always been known as the brand that makes good looking smartphones. It hasn’t really made a smartphone that is not only good looking but also delivers an excellent performance package. The HTC 10 comes really close to that ambition. It maintains the elegant metal design and is almost as powerful as most of the flagship smartphones out there. The software is lighter, more fluid while still maintaining that HTC charm. Even the camera sees a far better capability compared to older generations... Full review

Much-needed improvement

from Brighthand
Given that the competition stepped up its game this year, the HTC 10 smartphone cannot fairly be called the best flagship on the market. Taking into account all its features and flourishes reveals that it’s close though, and much closer than it was at this point in 2015... Full review

It’s a good phone — a sleeper hit, even

from BitBitByte

In the end, while we really like some aspects of the HTC 10 such as the (still) stellar build quality, pretty much stock Android, and stable, reliable performance, we’re not so certain it’s the first phone we’d pick when lined up alongside the Galaxy S7 or LG G5 (much less several of the Chinese based “flagships” such as those made by Huawei). Again, it’s a good phone. But it’s not a “wow” phone that’s overly flashy. In the end we can ask if it really needs to be. (The answer is generally no.) Stability and reliability are somewhat... Full review

The Indian Express

Doesn’t disappoint on any crucial aspect and delivers on all fronts

from The Indian Express
HTC 10 doesn’t disappoint on any crucial aspect. But the problem for HTC is there are other options in the market, offering a similar experience that comes very close. Two phones I think of are: Nexus 6P, which is my personal favourite, and yes the newly launched OnePlus 3 that so far has wowed reviewers across the board. For HTC 10 the challenge is not convincing users it is a great phone, the challenge is the pricing... Full review
Fone Arena

Offers some of the best hardware and design on the Android side of things

from Fone Arena
It is by no means a flawless device but never before has HTC come so close to create a near-perfect phone. The HTC 10 is the culmination of everything that the Taiwanese company stands for and has embraced what really makes a HTC phone to the T. Can we wholeheartedly recommend the hardware though? Well, if the camera capability is of utmost priority, then the 10 just isn’t competent enough and the likes of the Galaxy S7 and the iPhone handily push ahead... Full review
The Gadgeteer

Quality look and feel, great camera

from The Gadgeteer

It’s easy for me to say that this is the best smartphone that HTC has ever made. Is it the best smartphone on the market right now though? No, but it’s definitely at the top of the list. It misses the top spot because the HTC 10 is expensive and doesn’t have some features that other flagship models do. What the HTC 10 does have is great audio quality (thru headphones), very good camera, micro SD card slot, decent battery life and great look and feel. HTC might not be #1, but if the HTC 10 is a peek at their comeback plans, I’m excited to what how things play out... Full review

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