HTC Desire 10 Pro: Luxurious Looks and Megapixels Galore
HTC’s latest mid-range smartphone launched in the Middle East this month and they are looking to make waves in one of the most competitive markets. With the recent launch of the Samsung Galaxy A5 and devices like the Huawei Nova Plus, what sets the HTC Desire 10 Pro apart?
HTC Desire 10 Pro Design and Display
The HTC Desire 10 Pro eschews the “traditional” metal unibody design in favor of something that feels different in a good way. While the metal frame does lend a sense of durability to the phone, the real star is the soft polycarbonate body.
In this Desire 10 Pro review, it can be understood that it trapezes across the fine line between gaudy and luxurious, with its gold trimmings offering a premium finish to the phone. The phone itself is great to hold and I was able to use it comfortably with one hand, although it may be a little on the heavy side at 165g. On one side, we have the volume buttons and textured power button that doesn’t look out of place for some reason. The dual-sim slot can be found on the other side, while the top of the phone includes the 3.5mm jack (thankfully). The front of the device has a 13-megapixel camera whereas on the back, we have an enormous 20-megaipixel camera sensor, the accompanying LED flash and a fingerprint sensor. Moving down further, we have the single speaker grill on the bottom along with a disappointing microUSB v2.0 port. We were hoping that, with HTC’s plan to adopt USB Type-C, they would have included it on the Desire 10 Pro as well.
The HTC Desire 10 Pro sports a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display, which might not be as exciting at first glance, but does its job well. The display is bright, even in direct sunlight and offers great viewing angles. Sure, it doesn’t beat a Samsung Super AMOLED, but I didn’t have any complaints from using it on a daily basis.
There are also capacitive Android smartphone controls below the screen instead of being included in the display. While I do prefer on-screen navigation buttons over capacitive ones, it does clean up the display a bit.
HTC Desire 10 Pro Hardware and Battery
The Desire 10 Pro features a beefier processor when compared to its Lifestyle variant. Powered by the Mediatek Helios P10 chipset, it is capable of satisfying the average Android user and then some. The octa-core processor features four 1.8GHz cores and four 1.0GHz cores to handle all the tasks and processes you throw at it.
In this HTC Desire 10 Pro Review, the version we reviewed came with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage space, but there is a version available internationally which comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The hybrid dual sim lets you add a second Nano SIM card to your device or swap it out for a microSD card to increase your storage space. With support of up to 2TB, you can cram in as many apps as your heart desires if you have the right microSD card.
The battery capacity on the HTC Desire 10 Pro is at a respectable 3,000mAh, which is more than enough to last you a day of regular use. Watching videos and playing games does drain the battery, but the phone is equipped with fast charging that brings it back up to full in little more than an hour.
HTC Desire 10 Pro Camera, Performance and Software
Now we are getting to the good part. The HTC Desire 10 Pro has a camera sensor bigger than my shirt buttons and enough megapixels to satisfy any mid-range user. HTC One M9 users may find the camera familiar, seeing as how it is the exact same. With 20-megapixels, aperture of f/2.2 and laser autofocus, the Desire 10 Pro is capable of holding its own against most smartphones in its price range. The default camera app comes with a Pro mode than lets you tinker with the various settings like shutter speed, white balance and focus to capture the best possible photo. Coupled with the ability to shoot photos in RAW, the Desire 10 Pro puts to shame many a mid-range smartphone. The front facing camera is nothing to scoff at either, with a 13-megapixel sensor as well as support for HDR and a panorama mode. Compared to the 5-megapixels on the HTC 10’s front camera, you’ll find your selfie skills are much better represented by the Desire 10 Pro. Getting down the meat of how the HTC Desire 10 Pro performs, I found the results to be a tad lower than the Huawei Nova Plus, which ones under a similar price range. While there won’t be much affecting your day-to-day activities, heavy usage for games will likely take a hit. The Desire 10 Pro runs Android Marshmallow along with HTC’s Sense interface that lets you customize your phone with a variety of themes, buttons and clickable stickers. As a whole, the OS seems a lot more streamlined and much better suited for the hardware specifications the phone comes equipped with.
HTC Desire 10 Pro Verdict, Packaging and Pricing
In this HTC Desire 10 Pro review, the unit that we got comes with a pair of earphones, a power adapter with the accompanying microUSB cable and a SIM unlock pin, as most phones ought to. The smartphone is now available in local retail shops at AED 1,299*. The HTC Desire 10 Pro review shows that it can rightfully be called the best Desire phone yet. While the previous models may have left us wanting, the Desire 10 Pro fulfills just about every need for a mid-range smartphone. The stunning new look is more than capable of turning some heads and the camera is probably better than a lot of flagship phones out there today.