Homtom may not be the first name you think of when it comes to smartphones but they have one quite a powerful phone that has an excellent iris scanner built-in. Learn more in our full Homtom HT10 review.
Homtom HT10 Review: VIDEO REVIEW
Homtom HT10 Review: UNBOXING
The phone ships in quite a nice box and inside of it, you can find a fast charger, USB cable and some paperwork.
Homtom HT10 Review: DESIGN and DISPLAY
When it comes to the design, the phone does not sport any exceptional looks but we have a quality metal frame and tactile metal buttons.
You may think why the phone does not have a fingerprint scanner. Well, that’s because it has a true iris scanner that works almost flawlessly in all lighting conditions and it is super fast to unlock the phone. Also, it works the same even if I wear glasses. See the video review for iris scanner demonstration.
The 5.5” 1080p display is sharp and vibrant but the colours look a bit on a colder side.
We also have a multi-color notification LED light and an 8MP camera. However, the capacitive buttons are not backlit.
On the back, Homtom implemented a beefy 21MP camera with the dual LED flash.
The backplate is made of plastic and it can be easily removed. Underneath it, you can find 2 SIM card slots, microSD card slot and a removable 3200mAh battery.
The loudspeaker does not impress at all. The sound is tinny and flat.
Homtom HT10 Review: HARDWARE and PERFORMANCE
When it comes to hardware, the Homtom HT10 is a pretty powerful phone for the price.
It sports a Mediatek Helio X20 chip, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.
The gaming performance is good but not great. The phone can handle the games like Asphalt 8 on medium graphics very well but once you set the graphics to max., you should expect some skipped frames. Also, the phone gets warm very quickly.
Homtom HT10 Review: BENCHMARKS
Homtom HT10 Review: USER INTERFACE
When it comes to the user interface, we have the Android 6.0 with the Homtom’s skin on top of it. It looks okay but I’m not a huge fan of the design of the icons and the fact that there is no app tray. On the other hand, there are some extra features like the gesture and motion controls that work pretty well. Finally, the user interface performance is quite good on the daily basis as I didn’t have any lag or stutter.
Homtom HT10 Review: IMAGE QUALITY
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The 21MP camera can take some really nice daylight photos with lots of detail, sharpness and nice-looking colors. However, it is inconsistent as I got quite a few shots with a softer focus that basically ruined the pictures.
As for low light camera performance, it is disappointing. It seems that the sensor is capable of achieving some decent-looking results but most of the night shots have a soft focus.
The 8MP selfie shooter will definitely do the trick for social media but in general, the photos could have a bit more detail.
The 1080p video looks quite good. Also, the video stabilization is a lot better than on most similarly-priced phones. See the video review for the video sample.
Homtom HT10 Review: CONNECTIVITY
I didn’t have any issues with neither of connectivity options on this device. Wifi, GPS and Bluetooth work just fine.
Homtom HT10 Review: BATTERY LIFE
The phone ships with a 3200mAh battery that performs quite well in real life. The phone will easily get you through the day. I was able to get over 5 hours of screen-on time on a mixed use. Finally, the supplied fast charger fully charges the phone in 1 h 20 mins.
Homtom HT10 Review: CONCLUSIONS
Homtom HT10 is quite an interesting device. At the first glance, it lacks some features like a fingerprint sensor or a more premium-looking all-metal design.
On the other hand, the phone has an iris scanner that works very well. Also, it has pretty good specs and performs well on the daily basis, and the battery life is good.
However, the 21MP camera is not always consistent. Sometimes you may get sharp and nice images but other times you may end up with some focusing issues.
Other cons would be non-backlit capacitive buttons and the mediocre loudspeaker.
At the end of the day, Homtom HT10 is a cool phone mainly due to its iris scanner and great specs, and it delivers in quite a few ways but it has some shortcomings that you have to consider.
Homtom HT10 is a cool phone mainly due to its iris scanner and great specs, and it delivers in quite a few ways but it has some shortcomings that you have to consider.