If you think you’ve seen everything in the world of China phones, then here you have a Homtom HT70! The 10,000mAh battery makes this device one of the big fish in the pond of the BigBatteryPhones. The manufacturer promises that the 140$ HT70 will be slimmer than the competition. We accurately tested the device.
The first reactions among friends sound more like this: “Where did you get that manslayer from” or “I’d have to buy trousers with wider pockets for this”. Admittedly, subjectively speaking, Homtom HT70 is not exactly the most beautiful smartphone in the whole country. But since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we come to the hard facts: Homtom advertises that HT70 should be the “world’s thinnest full-display phone with 10,000mAh”. Unfortunately, this is not true, because Oukitel K10 with 11,000mAh measures 14.55mm in thickness, while Homtom measures 14.77mm. And by the way: “Full-display” also looks different.
With its further dimensions of 166.0×77.37mm, Homtome has the same length & width as the competitor Oukitel. This means: It is large, lies uncomfortably in the hand and weighs 308 grams. When it comes to the design, Homtom is breaking new ground: the motto is to move away from round to angular. The few metal elements of the frame are fastened to the case with screws, which reinforces the rustic impression.
On the positive side, the screws and the volume control are cleverly integrated; only the power button below has a little play in the casing and rattles. A modern USB type C port is installed on the bottom. Unlike the matt part of the device, the rear stands out with shiny, almost reflective plastic. The dual camera with a LED flash and a fingerprint scanner are placed there. The latter is difficult to reach due to the size of the device but unlocked it successfully in 9 out of 10 attempts. Annoying: a jack connection is not provided, an adapter is required (but it’s included in the scope of delivery).
Scope of delivery
- Homtom HT70
- OTG cable
- USB Type C cable
- Screen protector
- SIM ejection tool
- USB Type C to Jack adapter
To make sure you don’t forget, the “Homtom” logo is placed underneath the display in glossy chrome. The designer could have left it out. The display itself measures 6 inches and has small bezels on the sides, which is probably why the manufacturer advertises with “Full Display”. Above the display there are the earpiece, a notification LED and the front camera.
The technology is rather below average: with a resolution of 1440 x 720 in 18:9 format, HT70 lags behind the FullHD competition. In practice, 268 ppi means that individual pixels can be seen by looking carefully at the display. During normal operation, however, this has no negative effects: the HD+ resolution is absolutely sufficient, especially if you consider the price of the device. Thanks to the IPS technology, the viewing angles are very stable, the colours are strong and the contrast is sufficiently strong (measured black level 3 lux). The maximum brightness is also impressive, we measured 640 lux, which is equivalent to a value of the upper-middle class.
A physical home button was not installed. The device is controlled via on-screen buttons. Considering the enormous usable display length (18:9), this is bearable. The screen registers five points of contact simultaneously and can be operated precisely. Homtom has passed the scratch test with a key, so it has probably a Gorilla Glass or something similar.
We carefully tested the battery of Homtom HT70, and the result was: it is not enough for a position in the top 3 of our BigBatteryPhones ranking. With a good 17 hours in the PCMark battery test, Homtom runs out of air quite early, considering the 10,000mAh battery capacity. For comparison: Oukitel K8 (8000mAh) only stops working after about 19 hours.
When HT70 is plugged into the included quick charger, it hums and buzzes occasionally, but diligently pumps fresh power into the giant battery. After two hours, it is fully charged again without getting hot.
Battery lifetime Result Unit: hours
In everyday life, 10,000mAh is still a big value: on standby, the smartphone dozes off for weeks. During intensive use, it stays awake for a good three days. Of course, it’s not quite 10,000mAh. We could measure only 8000mAh during our test – this is still within the limits for a Li-polymer battery of this size.
It is quite clear: the strength of Homtom HT70 is the thick battery. As far as the rest of the hardware is concerned, it has only a middle-class talent. The smartphone gets its power from a MediaTek MT6750T processor, this Octa-Core clocks at 8 x 1.5 GHz and has an integrated Mali T860 GPU. Or, to say it with the numbers of Antutu: 47,804.
With this combination, Homtom can work through the basic functions quickly. The Android 7 harmonizes well with the built-in hardware and there are no significant problems when using the onboard apps. Multitasking is not a great problem for HT70 either, thanks to the built-in 4GB RAM. Simpler games can be played fluently.Antutu Result Geekbench Multi Result Geekbench Single Result
The internal storage has 64GB, and a Micro-SD card can also be inserted for storage extension. In this case, however, you have to do without one of the two SIM slots. For less than 150$, Homtom HT70 delivers exactly what you expect: a hardware from the middle class, which is sufficient for everyday use, but which also could not surprise us.
Android 7, or the slightly modified launcher, does not have an App Drawer. This means: pure chaos on the home screen, unless you laboriously sort the apps into folders manually. The look of the icons is readapted, but that doesn’t matter. With Android 7, the manufacturer has installed a dusty software version on the mobile phone, but at least it runs stable. Users should be prepared for the fact that Homtom will probably not bring an update to a newer version.
This also makes the operation a little more difficult: although there would still have been enough space on the lower side of the phone, the manufacturer renounced to a physical button. Instead, there are on-screen buttons that can be shown and hidden. Eventually, it is a matter of taste, but in principle, an additional button outside the usable display area would be more practical.
It’s hard to find many good words about Homtom HT70’s cameras. Let’s start from the positive side: at least there’s a camera… Even a dual camera. But that’s when it starts: the second lens is probably a dummy, as the results confirm. We can’t talk about a nice bokeh effect; rather, a software puts a (horrible) blur in a circle over the image – even in a completely arbitrary position.
Even with normal subjects, the software of HT70 fails. 13MP camera (interpolated 16 MP) does not cope at all with strong light contrasts: either large parts of the image are strongly overexposed or underexposed. The temperature of the colours is rather cold, the contrasts weak. What is most striking, however, is that despite manual focusing, the images sometimes do not really get sharp. It almost doesn’t matter that the triggering time is short. Furthermore: Shooting in low light conditions: a horror.
The front camera has a resolution of 8MP (interpolated 13MP). The selfies are also not special. Images look noisy and like they’ve come out of an ageing smartphone. Also the colours of the front camera are anything but strong.
Homtom HT70 supports all 2G, 3G and 4G frequencies. Very important: above all, Band 20 is available. Two Nano-SIM cards can be inserted in the side slot – or one SIM plus a memory extension card.
The reception is consistently good and as is the quality of calls. Callers are easy to understand, and the high volume from the earpiece is particularly noticeable.
The GPS is immediately ready for use, the location is determined within a few moments and navigation starts instantly. The electronic compass supports pedestrian navigation. However, the Google Maps App crashed in the first attempt after ten minutes. In general, Homtom has not cut back on sensors. In addition to the standard sensors (acceleration, light and proximity sensors), an E-compass, gyroscope, gravity sensor, geomagnetic sensor and fingerprint sensor were also installed.
Bluetooth works with the standard 4.0 and can be connected to the car. Wi-Fi supports a/b/g/n standards. On top of that, there is the possibility to transfer data using the supplied OTG cable or to use the smartphone as a power bank.
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