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HTC has added a new high-end smartphone to its portfolio with the launch of HTC 10 Evo. Launched in Taiwanese market, the handset has been also listed on the company's UK site and is considered as the global variant of the recently launched HTC Bolt, which is a Sprint-exclusive handset in the US market.
HTC 10 Evo is IP57 certified for water and dust resistance, and is the company's first smartphone to offer Android 7.0 Nougat and to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Let's find out more about the smartphone here.
Display and Design
HTC 10 Evo sports a 5.5-inch QHD (1440x2560 pixels) Super LCD 3 display with 2.5D curved glass on top and features the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
The smartphone features a water-resistant (IP 57) aluminum construction and will be available in Gunmetal, Silver, and Gold colours.
Another important feature about the design is a fingerprint scanner, which is placed below the display and is claimed to unlock the device in just 0.2 seconds.
USB Type C-enabled headphones
HTC 10 Evo is built to deliver supreme audio performance. The smartphone comes with USB Type C-enabled headphones, which are known for their loss-less audio performance. As per HTC, the adaptive audio technology adjusts the audio output based on the ambient noise around you to improve the audio experience. The handset also comes with support for Hi-Res 24-bit audio.
Moreover, the HTC 10 Evo also features HTC's signature BoomSound Adaptive Audio.
Latest Android Flavour
HTC 10 Evo runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box and offers unlimited photos storage with Google Photos app. The smartphone also offers handy features like split-screen view, new Doze mode, and an inbuilt Google Duo video calling application.
Camera and Storage
HTC 10 Evo seems to be a capable handset in terms of photography. The handset is equipped with a 16MP rear camera with 29.3mm wide angle lens, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, optical image stabilization (OIS) and dual-LED flash. The rear camera can record in 4K resolution and is also capable to record slow motion videos in 120fps. Coming on the front, the smartphone houses an 8MP front-facing camera with support for HD video recording.
In addition to 32GB and 64GB storage variants, HTC 10 Evo supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 2TB).
Battery and Connectivity
Talking about the battery that drives the handset, the HTC 10 Evo packs a 3,200mAh battery unit and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 fast charging technology.
As far as connectivity goes, the handset includes 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer.
Processor and RAM
HTC 10 Evo is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, which was criticized heavily for the heating issues. It will be worth checking whether HTC has optimized the CPU to solve the issue or HTC 10 Evo or the handset will also be marred by the heating problems. HTC should have gone for Snapdragon 820, which offers smooth performance and also addresses the heating issues. The Taiwanese tech giant can learn from Lenovo, who is offering the flagship CPU in under Rs. 20,000 with the Lenovo Z2 Plus.
The CPU is paired up with 3GB of RAM to support multitasking.
Price and Availability
HTC 10 Evo is now available to pre-order in Taiwan from the company's E-Store at a starting price of TWD 17,990, which accounts to roughly Rs. 38,500 in the Indian currency.
While there is no official word from HTC on the global launch of the handset, we expect HTC to introduce the smartphone in the Indian market very soon. The company is holding up an event on November 24 in India, where the smartphone maker is going to launch a new handset, which can or cannot be the HTC 10 Evo? Stay tuned for the updates.