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HTC 10 vs Huawei P9: Detailed specs comparison

14 April 2016 0

We have seen almost all Android flagship smartphones that were scheduled to be announced for this year. While most of them were announced early in the year, we saw two of them getting announced this month. These are the HTC 10 and the Huawei P9.

The HTC 10 comes from a company which has a good global presence but is currently going through tough times and trying to survive in the smartphone market. On the other hand, the Huawei P9 is from a company which is quite popular in the Asian market but wants to make a name for itself at the global stage and expand to the western market.

So, let's see what each of these two smartphones have to offer and which one you should pick if you are planning to buy a new phone.

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Build and Design:

Both the HTC 10 and Huawei P9 sports a metallic build which gives them the premium feel and build quality you would expect from a flagship smartphone. Even though the thickness of the HTC 10 is more but its curved back along with chamfered edges make it easier to hold and grip. It does not mean that the P9 is hard to grip, it is jus that the HTC 10 is a little better.

As for the design, HTC has changed the design this time quite a lot if you compare it with previous flagships from the HTC. While in the case of the Huawei P9, it is quite a similar approach what we have already seen in the Huawei Nexus 6P.


The HTC 10 and Huawei P9 sports similar 5.2-inch display but with different resolutions and display panel. HTC has used a Quad HD Super LCD5 display and Huawei has chosen a Full HD IPS-NEO LCD display. You will get the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection with both. As you have read the display specs, you can easily figure out at the HTC 10 offers a better pixel density and has an advantage over Huawei.


The HTC 10 packs in a 2.15GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset with Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB RAM. On the other hand, the Huawei P9 is powered by a 2.5GHz HiSilicon Kirin 955 SoC with Mali-T880MP4 GPU and 3GB/4GB RAM options. Both the phones boast of the top of the line processors but we are yet to see the working of Kirin 955 in the real world scenario.

Both the phone also have a fingerprint scanner but it differs in the placement. The HTC 10 has it in the front integrated with the home button and the Huawei P9 sports it on the back. But which one of them is faster and more accurate, we will have to wait for some time before we can pass any comments.

Additionally, you will get BoomSound speakers with the HTC 10 for better sound experience. There is a tweeter at the top which handles higher frequencies and a woofer at the bottom which handles lower frequencies.


The camera is the department where both HTC and Huawei emphasised while announcing their respective smartphones. HTC has made a return to its UltraPixel camera with the HTC 10. The phone has a 12MP rear shooter with 1.55 µm wider pixels, f/1.8 aperture, OIS, and phase detection autofocus. The camera scored 88 in DxOMark test which is the top score for any camera at the moment and tied with the Samsung Galaxy S7.

As for the Huawei P9, it sports a dual rear camera setup in collaboration with Leica. The P9 has both the cameras of 12MP with each of them having a specific purpose. One of the cameras captures colors and another one captures Black and Whites. There is support for autofocus which takes place on the basis of the laser, contrast, and depth calculation. The cameras have f/2.2 aperture and dual LED flash.

Battery and Memory:

You will get a 3000mAh battery with both the HTC 10 and Huawei P9. The phones also support fast charging but the difference is that HTC 10 has Quick Charge 3.0 and P9 has Rapid Charging which is supported via a USB Type-C connector. But do remember that the HTC's battery has a Quad HD display to support which means it will drain relatively faster than the Huawei P9.

The storage options are also same in both the phones which are 32GB and 64GB models. However in the case of the Huawei P9, you will get 32GB storage with 3GB RAM and 64GB RAM with 4GB RAM model. You also get microSD card support in both the phones.


The HTC 10 runs on Sense UI based on Android Marshmallow. This time, the Sense UI will give you a more stock Android experience along with the freedom to put your stickers, widgets, and app icons anywhere on the home screens. HTC has also cut down on bloatware by avoiding to install duplicate apps for the same purpose.You will find more Google apps instead of having both Google and HTC apps.

The Huawei P9 ships with EMUI 4.0 based on Android Marshmallow. If you have used EMUI, then you know what to expect from the software but as for new changes and updates, the details are quite scarce.


You saw in the comparison that both the HTC 10 and Huawei P9 not only have specifications but also features and capability to be referred as flagship phones. Now the question arises which one should you pick? If you ask me, I will say it comes down to what you are looking for in your next smartphone. For example, you want a QHD or FHD display, a single rear camera or dual rear camera setup, etc.

Both of these phones are good offering and will not disappoint you if you choose the one matching your priorities and need.

(last update 20 August 2018 @ 02:09)



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