There’s no better time of buying a high-end phone than a few months or even a year after it was launched, however, if you are the kind of person who likes being ahead of others, you might see little sense in this argument.
The HTC 10, for instance, was launched in Q2 2016 and released the same period, meaning the phone has been around for slightly over a year now. Back then, the HTC 10 price in Kenya was about Ksh 80,000 using the current exchange rates, but a year later, the phone is now available at half the price, exchanging hands at just Ksh 39,699 on Avechi.
This is the best deal you can get in Kenya so far, but for this price, you’ll be getting a high-end phone that can handle anything you can think of as far as smartphone usage is concerned. As you may know, the phone was the company’s top-tier offering in 2016 and since then, it has been replaced by the HTC U11, which is now selling at Ksh 84,000.
Give the HTC U11 a year or so and you’ll probably be able to grab one at the current HTC 10 price in Kenya, but for now, first things first. What does the 10 bring to the fold?
Being a high-end phone, the HTC 10 has a premium aluminum unibody that takes a lot from its predecessor, the One M9. However, the newer model has these beautiful chamfered edges that result in a better feel than the 2015 model. Under the hood, the 10 ships with the top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset that is mated with an impressive 4GB RAM and 32GB of storage, which can further be expanded using a microSD card of up to 256GB.
At the time of its release, the HTC 10 became the world’s first smartphone to come with an optically stabilized camera with a larger f/1.8 aperture lens. This 12MP UltraPixel lens was later given a score of 88 by industry experts DxOMark, only bettered by Google Pixel at 89 and now the new king, the HTC U11, which has a score of 90.
The camera also gets all the goodies you can expect on a phone that is priced at more than Ksh 80K, among them laser autofocus, dual-tone LED flash, HDR, panorama and support for 4K video recording. As for the selfie camera, the HTC 10 became the first smartphone to feature a 5MP sensor that is also optically stabilized alongside the same f/1.8 aperture and support for HDR, autofocus, and 1080p video recording.
If you love big screens, the HTC 10 is not your type. This is because the phone has a 5.2-inch Super LCD5 display screen that has in the recent days become a compact size, but you get a QHD resolution, meaning the quality of images is top-notch. The screen is further protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3, which means you might still be able to pick it up without any cracks in case it accidentally falls on a rocky surface.
The software running the show out of the box is Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, but you get an update to Android 7.0 Nougat right away. The phone is also on the list of HTC phones that will receive the update to Android O later this year. Keeping the phone kicking is a 3000mAh battery unit, which for this size of a phone, is a decent choice. There’s support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging technology via a USB-C port and unlike the latest HTC U family, you get a 3.5mm audio jack.
The fingerprint lives on the front panel and it also doubles as the home button. It’s pretty fast, with HTC saying that you only need 0.2 seconds to unlock the phone, something that I can gladly say it’s very true. There’s more to this HTC 10 phone and given that it’s available at half the price it was a year ago, it makes the deal even sweeter than you can imagine.
So, what do you say? Do you think the current HTC 10 price in Kenya is what you’ve been waiting for? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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