HTC 10 Q&A: Your questions answered

In case you've missed it, we just finished reviewing the HTC 10! Long story short - HTC nailed it this time and its 2016 flagship is a rather compelling, no-compromise handset. It won't be far-fetched to say that it's among the top 3 best phones so far in 2016, definitely standing out. Of course, some questions might have left unanswered in the review, so we gave the opportunity to as ask us anything you wish to know. Well, you asked, and now, we answer!

Here goes:

PA: Yes, the LG G5 and  Samsung Galaxy S7 are a bit more legible than the HTC 10 under bright daylight, but this does not mean the HTC 10 will give you a hard time. Regarding your second question: no, the HTC 10 is rather comfortable and sits extremely well in the hand. Whether the Galaxy S7 is better in this regard, well... We believe this is quite a subjective aspect of the duo, so you really need to try them both and form your own opinion. 

PA: Despite the rumors that the HTC 10 might be launched in India, the last official word on the matter claimed the HTC 10 Lifestyle will be hitting the Indian market. Still, there's a chance that the Snapdragon 820 version will be chosen instead. As far as the release window is concerned, our bet is as good as yours, but will probably take place sometime in early-to-mid May 2016.

PA: The longest shutter speed that the Pro camera mode gives you is 2 seconds.  

PA: We are pretty impressed with Sense 8. For one, it's hard not to like the clean utilitarian interface, which arrives with an essential array of apps only. No bloatware, almost no duplicate apps. If you're into stock Android, Sense 8 sure delivers. It's also pretty well-endowed in the customizability department, which feels like a big plus to us. BlinkFeed also feels polished and actually useful, unlike other manufacturers' news-aggregating home screen apps. 

PA: Yep, we tried a couple of different ones. With other high-quality in-ear headphones we experienced similar, too bassy audio output, which is not a weakness on its own, but will not appeal to just anyone. Of course, with a pair of cheap no-brand knock-offs you can largely mitigate the bass reproduction, but then again, why would hi-fi audio matter with such low-end gear?

PA: No, it doesn't. The Pro mode applies to pictures only.

PA: The HTC 10's display is up on par with the one on the Galaxy S7 and a bit better than the LG G5's one in terms of display properties. With mostly correct colors, very good color fidelity and gamma response, we are looking at a very good display, despite the color temperature that is leaning to the colder side of the spectrum. Still, it's worth pointing out that both the LG G5 and the Galaxy S7 achieve higher maximum and lower minimum brightness than the HTC 10. 

PA: That's a very interesting question. Okay, here goes: if the HTC 10 is a solid 9, the Nexus 6P scores a 10, the iPhone 6s scores a 10, the Galaxy S7 gets a 7, and the LG G5 earns an 8.  


Step 1: You tap and hold the home button.
Step 2: Google Now on Tap does its magic.
Step 3: ???
Step 4: Profit!

PA: There is no significant difference between the maximum brightness in either manual or Auto mode. During our tests, the maximum automatic brightness differed by 2 nits in comparison with the manual one - no big deal. 

PA: We guess each author here at PhoneArena would have a different opinion. Some like the touch-only button of the HTC 10, others prefer a more classic home button that provides a "click" feedback. As many opinions as there are people...

PA: That's a tough one. We'd probably enforce world peace and end global hunger, but regarding the HTC 10 we'd probably further fine-tune the camera. Not that it disappoints, we just feel it can do more.

PA: Visually, the differences are minor. What Sense 8 brings to the table are less duplicating apps, more customizability with the Freestyle layout, and generally, the well-executed software. 

PA: We've covered your questions about microSD cards right here. Multitasking and responsiveness are both excellent - we are yet to experience an interface hiccup. Capacitive buttons only. 

PA: We have heard nothing on the matter and HTC has not been vocal about the recording capabilities of the 10, so we suppose there are no HAAC microphones aboard.

PA: Gorilla Glass 4.

PA: HTC 10 has an excellent fingerprint scanner, fast and accurate. In low-light environment, the HTC 10 performs good and almost on par with the Galaxy S7, though we feel like the G5 has the upper hand here. Well, it's hard to sum it up in two words - check out our dedicated low-light comparison between the HTC 10, Galaxy S7, LG G5, and the iPhone 6s Plus!

PA: Well, no. It might not be exciting and innovative, but the HTC 10 covers the design part very well. True, it might be boring for some, but we like it very much. 

PA: Yes, there's no second opinion. The new one has much better display, camera, and interface, not to mention the more macho design.

PA: Yes, it does!

PA: We highly doubt this! 

PA: Clarity - excellent, loudness - not so much! We now have a dedicated low-light camera comparison right here. Battery life is very good, the phone will last you a day at least.

PA: No FM radio.

PA: Yes, it sure does.

PA: The Galaxy S7 by a very thin margin.

PA: Not at all. Actually, it looks bigger in photos than in real life.

PA: If having the best camera around is crucial to you, then the Galaxy S7 might be a better pick for you since it performs a bit better in certain scenarios. However, the HTC 10 is not far behind. Both are excellent devices and you will have to make a tough choice. 

PA: Well, you can either set them to be enabled as long as the display is on or only enable their backlighting upon touch.

PA: Sadly, no.

PA: Although it's fast, the HTC 10 focuses just a bit slower than the Galaxy S7. In video mode, the HTC 10 sometimes struggles a bit while transitioning between objects, but that's not such a major issue. 

PA: It's as slippery as any full-metal phone out there, the chamfers don't make it more slippery.

PA: Sorry, we won't be able to provide an answer to intriguing question!



1. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

PA thank you for the answered my question :)

2. w1000i

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

The most important question which should be answered > which software version you have when reviewed the phone, and did you received the last update 1.30 and how much that improve the camera and other things

3. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I am very much interested to purchase HTC 10 but also angry on HTC for poor execution of camera software. I am curious to know that is there any timeline of fixing camera glitches? Because most of them can be fixed... It is very sad that PA didn't bother to answer my question... I will try not to participate in any Q&A of PA again...

16. talha_16

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

Go watch lisa gade review on htc 10 .... she did photoshoot after the software update ... there u can see clearly that htc outperforms s7 in the camera department

21. SuperPotato

Posts: 13; Member since: May 26, 2015

can you please give me a link to it? I don't find any recent photoshoots from ther

20. mineworld

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 26, 2015

That's my opinion too. Camera's problem really could be fixed before official release. Also I'm not certain participating in NEXT Q&A ...

25. perfectnine

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

Pocketnow has a video on it! Check their youtube

4. Avishek

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

Hello peter, Is there any battery saver options in 10 like: low power mode in iphones and (ultra) power saving in galaxies??

5. GrimJow

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 24, 2016

Meanwhile HTC One S9 just got official.

6. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Searched it because of your comment. I think those top and bottom bezels are huge for a 5" display.

9. GrimJow

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 24, 2016

I don't care about them bezels. Frankly, I don't see what's so messed up about the bezels on HTC's phones in general. The only downside of this phone is the MediaTek SoC, as far as I am concerned.

22. baldilocks

Posts: 1538; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

The one I ordered has the 820, so I'm happy.

7. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Af1rPA: "Will these positive reviews mean HTC increase the price of the phone?" Now that question made me really laugh so hard.

10. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No, only apple does that to its loyal customer lol

8. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Thanks for the answer Peter!


Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

A lot of you retards asked the same questions and PA happily answered them over and over about the display and camera smh so either your not on PA A lot or you suck at reading .

12. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The S7 gets an arbitrary 7 in smoothness? That's such a load of bull****.

13. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Loads a bloat, sluggish animations, still occasional stutters, duplicate apps a plenty. Yep!

14. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Well I also was surprised that he just rated the smoothness on the S7 with a 7 damn isn't too low

15. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

sad but true

24. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Let me elaborate: the Galaxy S7 is by NO means a slow or sluggish phone, it's just that the others feel snappier.

17. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

In regard to my question, I am glad to see the HTC 10 outperform the G5 and S7. Based on the review, the answer you gave to my question and that camera comparison , I would say the HTC 10 is the best overall android phone at the moment.

18. Elusivellama

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

Which version of the HTC 10 did you receive? I've been hearing reports of HTC 10s being made with 2 panels - one from Sharp, the other from Tianma. The Sharp panel is the better one, while the Tianma panel is too dim and has pink hues....

19. mclifford81

Posts: 90; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

My question is the actual touch responsiveness on the phone. Is it more accurate and faster than the iPhone now or still behind on that matter. Touch responsiveness never seems to get addressed much anymore.

23. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

man it's so hard to decide between S7 and HTC10.

26. Elusivellama

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

Easy choice, S7 screen will burn out within a year or so, and has a greenish tint due to the extra green subpixels.

27. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

true that the amoled screens are tend to burn out much faster than the other panels. I have that on my S6 which is barely a year old! but I'm generally very satisfied with Samsung's overall performance (processing, camera, etc...), so it's kind of a tough choice! there is one other thing that no one is talking about! HTC phones are prone to show wear and tear on their metal back, one of my friends used to have M7,M9 and they both has nasty scuff marks on their backs! now that's an eyesore!

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