HTC Desire 10 Pro Review: Good Battery And Design, But Is That All?

HTC is known for its sturdy build and quality features. Desire 10 Pro is the latest mid-range smartphone from HTC, focused mainly on design and camera. The phone was launched in November 2016 but it hit the markets in December. It costs Rs. 26490 in the Indian market and sits there with some of the higher range phones. Whatever the price, it needs more than just a pretty design to be recommended. Let’s see if it is any good.

Design and Display

It has a full metal body, and the design is sophisticated. There’s a good grasp that this phone offers. Also, you can feel the right accents, giving it a nice bump in design. The black variant provides a more rubberized texture overall. The white is more like a bling-ish design.

The 5.5 inch IPS display has a good color contrast and brightness. The sunlight legibility is average at medium brightness. You may have to up the brightness to read better under sunlight. You can add a color temperature from the settings. The secondary microphone and the fingerprint scanner are situated on the panel too.

Hardware and Performance

The Desire 10 Pro comes with octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 SoC. A 4GB RAM charges it and features a 64GB internal memory. These core specifications make the phone work solidly. But the performance falls short while playing games. It showed a score of 18 fps at the GFXbench. Phones that use Qualcomm chip usually show around 28fps at this range. The Helio P10 is a tad bit slower than Snapdragon 625.

The average RAM used is 2GB. There were no slowdowns or stutters seen. Another thing that we liked is that the phone never gets hot. The gaming performance might have some lack, but it does not get heated up while filming or while gaming.

Software and UI

HTC was known for its Sense UI – until last year when it made a huge decision to change it. Not just this, it also removed almost all HTC apps and replaced them with Google apps. Now a regular HTC fan would be shaken, but the less acquainted would love this stock android feel.

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This phone comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but it is queued to get Nougat update soon. The phone also has Blinkfeed which consolidates all your social media and news channels. It is a nice feature that is on the left side of the home screen.

HTC Desire 10 Pro Camera and Battery

This phone features a 20MP BSI sensor with f/2.2 aperture lens. This camera has an autofocus and dual-LED which can shoot 1080p videos at 30fps. The camera does not stutter. It gives an even image in low light as well. Proper light pictures are pretty close to what we see with the normal eye. You can use the Hyperlapse feature to speed up the videos 12 times its original speed. There are selfie video, selfie panorama and more on the 13MP front camera.

The phone comes with 3000 mAh battery that has turbocharging. The battery goes up from 0 to 100 percent within one hour. On PCMark, it showed a performance average of 9 hours and 9 minutes. Although it is pretty decent, it is still less than OnePlus 3’s score.

Final Verdict

The features are on par for the most part. But as you can see the hardcore gamers will not like this phone because of its limitations. For the rest, the phone is compact with many good features. If you cannot extend your budget any further, go with it. If you can spare about 1,500 rupees more, you can go with OnePlus 3 which is a tad bit better than this phone.

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