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HTC 10 vs HTC One M9: Detailed specs comparison

13 April 2016 0

HTC has announced its flagship smartphone of the year, the HTC 10. While it may be yet another flagship phone for many, the same does not hold true for HTC. The company is hoping for this phone to be its savior and fix all the wrongs that it did with the predecessor HTC One M9.

As you can see that HTC has dropped the "One M" moniker with this phone but that is not the only thing which has changed. The HTC 10 brings a lot of changes when compared with the One M9 and surely appears to be a worthy successor at least on the paper. But is it good enough to turn around tables for HTC and achieve what HTC is expecting from it? Let's find out in this comparison of the HTC 10 and HTC One M9.

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Build and Design:

The first change that you will notice in the HTC 10 and One M9 is the design. While HTC has still used an all-metal build like in the past, it is its approach towards designing of the current flagship that makes all the difference here. The HTC 10 is slightly taller, wider, and heavier than the predecessor and has curves at the back which makes it easier to hold. HTC has also added chamfered edges to the phone at both the back and front.

As for the HTC One M9, it is also a phone with a complete metallic build and has a good design of its own but it fades away when compared with the newly announced, HTC 10. You can say that HTC has done a pretty good job with the design and build with the new flagship.


Display:

The HTC 10 sports a 5.2-inch Quad HD Super LCD5 display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and pixel density of 565ppi. On the other hand, the HTC One M9 has a 5-inch Full HD Super LCD3 display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and pixel density of 441ppi. You can clearly that HTC has made a big leap in the display department this time. We know that 2k display resolution does not look any different to human eye especially on a small screen of a phone but still, the overall offering makes HTC 10 a better choice over the One M9 for sure.

Additionally, a Quad HD display puts the HTC 10 in line with current-gen flagships from other OEMs like the Galaxy S7 and LG G5.


Hardware:

As the HTC 10 is a flagship phone, you will get a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC with Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB RAM. While its predecessor, the HTC One M9 is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC with Adreno 430 GPU and 3GB RAM. You can see that both the phone packs in the latest and the best SoC of their times but as the SD 820 is newer, you can expect the HTC 10 to be better in performance especially with an extra gig of RAM under the hood.

HTC has also added a fingerprint scanner for the first time in its flagship. It is present in the front integrated with the physical home button. The HTC 10 also has BoomSound Hi-Fi speakers but with a different approach this time. Earlier, HTC used to have them as the front-facing speakers. This time, HTC has placed a tweeter at the top for handling higher frequencies and a woofer at the bottom for handling lower frequencies. HTC is quite confident that this will offer a better sound experience. And yes, you will get a USB Type-C port with the HTC 10 as well.

Camera:

The camera is one of the departments where the HTC One M9 failed miserably. The phone was launched with a 20MP rear shooter with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus, and dual-LED dual tone flash. While this may sound like at least a decent camera on the paper, it is not the same in the real world especially when it comes to low light conditions.

Talking about the current HTC 10, it offers a 12MP UltraPixel camera with f/1.8 aperture, laser autofocus, OIS, and dual-LED dual tone flash. As it has been referred as an UltraPixel camera by HTC, so you do get wider pixels at 1.55 µm pixels. All-in-all, this new camera seems to be a lot promising and it has even managed to get a score of 88 in DxOMark test. So, we have our hopes high for the HTC 10's camera but let's wait for real world results before we comment anything about it.

As for the front cameras, the HTC One M9 came with a 4MP shooter and the HTC 10 comes with a 5MP shooter. But the major difference is that HTC 10 is the first smartphone to have a front camera with OIS. So, it means you will get more steady seflies as well as video recordings.


Battery and Storage:

The HTC One M9 was launched with a 2840mAh battery which was quite good enough for a phone with a 1080p display of 5-inch. As for the HTC 10, it has a bigger display with a 2k display so you get a bigger battery of 3000mAh battery as well. HTC has said that this battery can last you for up to 2 days. While this claim is something worth testing but you would be glad to know that HTC's newest launch supports Quick Charge 3.0. It is said to give 50% battery within 30 minutes of charge which is quite good even if the phone doesn't last for 2 days.

Talking about the storage, both the HTC 10 and One M9 have base storage model of 32GB but with the latest phone, you get another 64GB model to choose from. Both the phones and all the models support microSD card expansion as well.

Software:

HTC had launched its One M9 smartphone HTC Sense UI based on Android Lollipop and for the HTC 10, the Sense UI is based on Marshmallow but with a lot of changes. The first change is that HTC has made the latest Sense UI a lot lighter and more like vanilla Android experience. You have to appreciate HTC for working with Google to make sure that there are no duplicate pre-installed apps on the HTC 10. It means HTC is using Google Photos as the gallery app, Google Calendar for the default calendar app, etc. Earlier, you would find apps from both Google and HTC for the same purpose.

Additionally, HTC has packed the new Sense UI with various themes for you to choose from and has introduced a layout called Freestyle. This layout gives you the freedom of adding app icons, stickers, and widgets anywhere on any of the home screens.


Conclusion:

You can see that HTC has made a lot of changes in the latest HTC 10 when compared to the HTC One M9. While we already knew that HTC has very high hopes with this new phone, it has also become clear that it has put in real hard work and effort to make sure that they get things right this time, especially the ones which were a let down in its previous flagships.

We are yet to see HTC 10 work in real world conditions and tests but we can surely say that HTC has got us impressed so far. But let's just wait for the time to see whether HTC 10 will be able to deliver what is expected from it.

(last update 24 March 2017 @ 00:57)

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