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How HTC 10 compares with Android flagship smartphones

Struggling smartphone maker HTC bets big on its newest flagship HTC 10 in India

HTC is packing in the 10 with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, with 4GB RAM.Premium
HTC is packing in the 10 with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, with 4GB RAM.

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC is getting back into the flagship smartphone game. What it means is that the HTC 10 (yes, it is just the number, and the “One" branding is no longer there) will take on the Android flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the soon-to-be-launched LG G5, as well as the Apple iPhone 6s Plus. The HTC 10 phone has been priced at 52,990, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 currently retails for around 48,900 (32GB version), and the LG G5 is expected to be launched in June around the 53,000 price point. While the company is believed to be making the next Nexus phones for Google, what it needs right now is for the HTC 10 to fly off the shelves. Here’s a quick look at how the HTC 10 compares with the Android-running rivals, in terms of the specs.


HTC is packing in the 10 with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, with 4GB RAM. It will run Android 6 (Marshmallow) out of the box, with HTC’s trademark Sense custom interface wrapped around it. It will be interesting to see how HTC has developed the Sense interface because we had seen the change with the One A9 (read more here), and surely they will make it better for the flagship phone that really matters.

Incidentally, this processor also powers the LG G5, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 uses its own Exynos 8890 octa-core processor.


The HTC 10 has a 5.2-inch, Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels), Super LCD5 display, which will be the first of its kind in a smartphone in India. HTC has always preferred SLCD displays instead of the AMOLED variety, and it’ll be interesting to see how the new one compares with the Galaxy S7’s 5.1-inch, AMOLED display, with the same resolution. While it may not matter much in terms of size, the LG G5 has a 5.3-inch IPS display, with the same Quad HD resolution. A side-by-side comparison of all three phones would eventually be able to put an end to the debate about which is the best. All three phones used the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 scratch resistance technology.


HTC always gets the design bit spot on, and the 10 is no different. It measures 145.9mm x 71.9mm x 9.0mm, and has a textured finish on the back. The design language, though largely refreshed, still retains the family resemblance from the predecessors, the One M9, for example. In comparison, the LG G5 measures 149.4mm x 73.9mm x 7.7 mm, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 is the most compact of the lot at 142.4mm x 69.6mm x 7.9 mm. Samsung uses the combination of metal and glass, LG and HTC have a full metal finish on the back panel. The HTC 10 is the heaviest of the lot though, at 161g—Galaxy S7 weighs 152 grams and the LG G5 will tip the scales at 159g. However, while weight is one thing, what will matter is the weight distribution in the phone, which we will be able to comment upon only after a detailed review.

While HTC and Samsung have integrated fingerprint sensors in the physical home buttons below the display, LG has done so in the power button which is placed on the back panel, just below the camera.

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Published: 26 May 2016, 01:32 PM IST
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