HTC very recently announced their new flagship smartphone, the HTC 10. The device is planned for an early release around May 2016, which should put some of you tech geeks at ease, no more waiting eh?
Well, HTC hasn’t really been able to hit it big with its previous releases. When the company introduced HTC One A9 back in 2015, it was met with a lot of criticism as it seemed to be an exact copy of the new Apple iPhone 6S. Since then, HTC has decided to return back to its roots and introduce its target audience to the new HTC 10.
HTC 10 vs Apple iPhone 6S: Specs and Features
Build & Weight:
Both the smartphones have been constructed out of a single aluminum shell body with a sleek finish. The HTC 10 has a curved back unlike the iPhone 6S that has curved edges. Both the phones are immaculately constructed of glass and metal and fair equally well in this category.
The iPhone 6S is 18 grams lighter than the HTC, although the HTC has a bigger screen which compensates for the extra weight.
The HTC has a larger 5.2-inch screen size with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels at 556 ppi, which offers crisp quality, vibrant colors and amazing viewing angles. Whereas, the Apple iPhone 6S has a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels at 326 ppi, which offers very decent picture quality but falls short of, when compared to the HTC 10.
Both the phones sport a 12MP primary camera with a dual LED flash support and respective pixel technologies to enhance your Photo capturing experience. The iPhone 6S has an aperture size of f/2.2 while the HTC 10 has an aperture size of f/1.8.
HTC has introduced larger pixels in an attempt to improve low light captures, which does work in majority of low light situations.
The iPhone 6S, as well as the HTC 10 both, have a 5MP front-facing camera, but the iPhone 6S lacks Optical Image Stabilization for the front camera, unlike the HTC 10, which has introduced the same as an exclusive feature in its front camera, which is a great companion for random selfies.
HTC 10 boasts a Qualcomm SnapDragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM and is available in two storage variants i.e. 32GB and 64GB. Whereas, the Apple iPhone 6S is powered by a dual-core A9 processor with 2GB of RAM and is available in three storage variants i.e. 16GB, 62GB and 128GB.
The performance of smartphones doesn’t necessarily boil down to its processor or on board (RAM) memory. It hugely depends on the optimization of the OS to the specs of the hardware.
While the HTC seems to have an edge over the iPhone 6S, in terms of specs the phone performs on par with the iPhone 6S, as it runs on Android, unlike the iPhone which runs on a seriously optimized and regularly update OS, the iOS.
The HTC’s faster processor will surpass iPhone’s performance (in theory) only during multi-threaded processes (which are rare) and benchmark tests.
HTC 10 – 3,000 mAh
Apple iPhone 6S – 1,715 mAh
This is where the HTC 10 hits a home-run right out of the park, the Taiwanese giant has managed to power its new smartphone with a huge battery, giving it a talk time(3G) of “27 hours” on paper. This battery life is unlike any other smartphone in the same category. The iPhone, when compared to the HTC 10, boasts a talk-time of only 14 hours on 3G.
Apart from the obvious differences, the HTC 10 is going to be available only in Black and Silver, unlike the iPhone 6S which is available in many different colors. The HTC 10 also has HTC boom-sound Hi-Fi edition speakers with Dolby Audio that pack a very serious punch for all you music lovers.
Is It Any Good?
On paper, HTC has managed to engage and compete with other flagship smartphones like the Apple iPhone 6S and Samsung Galaxy S7 very well in terms of design and specifications, with the new HTC 10.
The phone even manages to surpass its competitors with some unique features. Designed with simplicity and performance in mind, the HTC 10 has all the features to be the next big thing in the market. With its release due in a few weeks, it will be great to see the response it receives from its consumers.
The HTC 10 boasts a battery life of 27 hours of 3G talk-time and is one of the first phones to offer “Optical Image Stabilization” in the front camera. The phone has high output speakers and runs on the new and improved version of HTC Sense, adding to the aesthetics of its OS. The 12MP back camera can click lightning fast photos with auto focus enabled and offers many manual setting options for the camera app unlike the stock iPhone 6S app, which does not give you manual access to the camera’s settings.
To conclude, the HTC 10 beats the Apple iPhone 6S hands down, in terms of battery, and selfie taking abilities. The phone also has a bio-metric sensor to keep all your data safe just like the iPhone 6S, although Android yet, does not have an iCloud keychain and Apple Pay equivalent. But if the past is anything to go by, Android could soon incorporate the same features in its OS for the benefit of its users.
HTC 10 is a great upgrade for any android user out there and a very tempting option for those looking to make the move from iOS to Android. iOS users should find the transition to android via HTC 10 fairly smooth, as the phone offers exclusive, never before seen features which are sure to distract you from any hindrances along the way.