After last year’s disappointing HTC One M9, HTC just released the company’s latest flagship device in the form of the HTC 10. Initial reviews suggest that the HTC 10 could very well be the best Android device of the year. Today we compare the HTC 10 with another fine flagship of the year, the Samsung Electronics Co. (OTCMKTS: SSNLF) Galaxy S7 and see how the two devices fare against each other in terms of design, performance and specs.
The HTC 10 like its predecessors comes with an all-metal design with chamfered edges on the front and back of the device. The device measures in at 145.9 x 71.9 x 9mm and weighs 161g. There is a fingerprint sensor on the front of the device alongside the capacitive buttons and a USB-C port on the bottom of the device. The HTC 10 however does not feature the front facing Boom Sound speakers found on its predecessors and now has speakers on the bottom of the device which are now called BoomSound Hi-Fi edition.
The Galaxy S7 is also constructed with metal though there is a glass panel added to the back of the device. The device measures in 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm which makes it smaller and slimmer than the HTC 10. The S7 is also lighter than the HTC 10 weighing in at 152g. The S7 looks very similar to the S6 but with some refinements, the S7 is a gorgeous device with a lovely design. The S7 also has a fingerprint sensor on the front of the device which is integrated with the physical home button. The S7 is also IP68 certified, which makes it completely waterproof as well as dust proof.
The HTC 10 sports a 5.2-inch Super LCD 5 Display panel that offers QUAD HD resolution. The current display setting on the HTC results in a pixel resolution of 565 ppi which results in a sharp and detailed display.
The Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display that also offers QUAD HD resolution which results in a pixel resolution of 577 ppi. The S7’s display offers bright colors and brilliant viewing angles and the slightly smaller screen of the S7 offers more pixels per inch as compared to the HTC 10. Both displays are very capable though the S7’s display edges out the HTC 10 in terms of vibrancy.
The HTC 10 features a 12MP Ultra Pixel back camera with a f/1.8 aperture and comes with laser auto focus, OIS and a dual tone LED Flash. There is also a front facing 5MP camera with the same f/1.8 aperture, autofocus and OIS which is a first for smartphones. The HTC 10’s camera is by far the best camera found on HTC smartphones and the camera performs well under all conditions.
The Galaxy S7 also sports a 12MP rear camera with a f/1.7 aperture and comes with phase detection autofocus, OIS and LED Flash. There is also a 5MP front camera, but does not offer OIS like the HTC 10’s front camera. The camera on the S7 does not disappoint and offers great consistent results in all conditions. If camera is the reason you buy smartphones, then the S7 is definably the go-to device because of its excellent camera.
The HTC 10 is powered by the latest Snapdragon 820 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM and comes in two storage variants of 32GB and 64GB. There is the ability to expand storage via a MicroSD card slot. The device also features a 3000 mAh battery which also supports Quick Charge 3.0.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 comes in two variants, with one featuring the Snapdragon 820 and the other features the Exynos Octa 8 chipset. Both variants come with 4GB of RAM and two storage options of the 32GB and 64GB and there is also the ability to expand storage via a MicroSD card. The S7 also comes with a 3000 mAh battery and supports Quick Charge for lightning fast charging.
Both devices are great in terms of design and specs and there is not much to differentiate the two smartphones. The HTC 10 offers the new USB-Type C port and OIS to the front camera, though the S7’s camera is still a better performer. HTC however, has better audio thanks to the BoomSound technology that has made HTC phones stand out amongst its competitors. In the end it comes down to preference as both devices offer almost similar specs and performance.