HTC have unveiled their 2016 flagship, the HTC 10. It has sent ripples across the market as HTC fans are impressed with the new flagship. The effect is felt the more because most people were less than impressed with last year’s flagship, the HTC One M9. So how do they compare?
Design and display
The design pretty much stays the same. HTC has maintained an all body metal design for the flagships over the past few years. The HTC 10 spots the same, as does the HTC One M9. However, the HTC 10 does spot a chamfered edge which enhances the aesthetics of the phone.
The HTC 10 has also ditched the front speakers and instead invested in a fingerprint sensor which is pretty cool. It is available in silver, red, grey and gold, a contrast to the silver, pink, gun metal and gold that were available for the One M9.
When it comes to the display, the HTC 10 spots 2560 by 1440 in resolution and 564 ppi, whereas the One M9 had 1920 by 1820 resolution and 541 ppi. This improvement in resolution had been expected in the One M9 but it did not feature. This year, buyers get to enjoy sharper resolution thanks to the step up.
While the One M9 was 5 inches, the HTC 10 is 5.2 inches. The increase in size also translates into an increase in weight by about 4 grams.
RAM, Storage and Processor
The HTC 10 is at par with this year’s flagships from other manufacturers such as Samsung. It has 4 GB RAM which is larger than the One M9’s 3GB RAM last year. Both phones come in two variants, the 32 and 64 GB and can both accommodate external storage via micro SD. The HTC 10 supports up to 2 TB in external memory.
HTC 10 uses the Snapdragon 820 64 Bit quad core, slightly improved from the One M9’s octa core. It also makes use of Android Marshmallow’s adoptable storage which allows the phone to make full use of your memory without differentiating between the internal and external storage.
Camera, Battery life and charging
The camera in the HTC 10 is a step down from the One M9 in terms of resolution. While the former has 12 MP, the latter had 20 MP. However, this is not to say that the camera is worse. It is actually quite good and has instead been improved in aperture with f/1.8 and 1.55 um pixels.
This places it higher in terms of taking photos in low light. As for the front-facing camera, the HTC 10 has 5 MP, a contrast from the One M9’s 4 MP. To sweeten the deal further, the new flagship has laser focus which makes it possible to take speedy photos.
The battery life has also been increased in the HTC 10 to 3000 mAh, higher than One M9’s 2840 mAh. The former has Quick Charge 3.0, the latest.
HTC 10 is worth the buy. There are better features than in HTC One M9. One should be prepared to part with a cool $699 for the new flagship.