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HTC is back and the Taiwanese phone maker comes out swinging with a new flagship smartphone, the HTC 10. It is good to see that HTC finally addressing some of the most persistent weaknesses of its older sibling but is the HTC 10 better than Samsung’s flagship phone, the Galaxy S7 Edge? Let’s find out:
HTC 10 features a 2.5D glass and an all-metal unibody. The edges of the glass curve ever so slightly for a more rounded aesthetic. HTC’s flagship phone is about 3mm at the thinnest point and 9mm at the thickest point and weighs about 161 grams. There are no visible logos on the front of the HTC 10, making for a simple, refined design.
HTC 10’s design is not unique, thin, or light. But it is definitely sturdy. The size is perfect for one-hand operation that the larger, more slippery S7. Holding the HTC 10 feels very luxe because of the nice heft. The S7 feels almost fragile compared to the more robust HTC 10.
On the other hand, the Galaxy S7 features a metal alloy body and glass front and back. Featuring a rounded aesthetic, the S7 sports a shiny, contemporary design. It is thin, lightweight, and very sleek all around. The S7’s rear glass allows for wireless charging capabilities, something that’s we are extremely excited about.
The S7 offers support for the Qi and PMA standards. Of course, the S7 also offers traditional cable charging via a micro-USB port down at the bottom paired with support for Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging.
The S7 weighs about 152 grams and is about 7.9 mm thick. This handset has a UP rating of 68, making it waterproof when submerged in 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes. Finally, you don’t have to worry about your phone getting drenched during a rain shower! Of course, this technology is not cutting edge but it’s nice to see Samsung offering something new on the table.
Both handsets come with a fingerprint scanner. The only difference is that HTC 10’s home button is capacitive, whereas S7 is clickable.
The HTC 10 features a 5.2 super LCD 5 display with 565ppi density. On the other hand, the S7 comes with 5.2 super AMOLED display with 577ppi density. Playing with the HTC 10, the photos are very clear, very brilliant. It helps that the HTC 10 has LCD backlight to enhance the quality of the images.
However, S7 is hard to beat in this category because it has the nicest display on the market. There’s just no doubt about that. Side-by-side, you can see the difference between two handsets in terms of display quality. This one is a given, Super AMOLED display is the best display in the business so we’ll give this round to Samsung.
Samsung’s flagship handset comes with different processors, depending on the territory. The US version of the S7 features Snapdragon 820 while other territories come with Exynos 8890 chip. Although there are differences in performance between these processors, both offers snappy processing.
On the other hand, the HTC 10 comes with Snapdragon 820, the same processor that S7 US version comes with. The handset also offers 4GB of RAM, same as the S7 and S7 Edge. As such, you can expect the same processing speed from HTC 10 and S7 US version. Both handsets can handle multiple apps running at the same time without major issues but we do detect a slight lag.
As for storage, both flagship handsets offer the same 32 or 64 GB options. But in the UK, the S7 model only comes in 32 GB. Both handsets offer expandable memory for up to 128GB.
The S7 comes with a non-removable 3,000-mAh battery, which packs enough juice for a whole day’s worth of heavy usage. The HTC 10 also comes with the same non-removable 3,000 mAh battery, so in terms of performance, you can expect the same battery life from both handsets. However, the HTC 10 is being marketed for its two-day battery life but it is unlikely that the battery will last two days in normal, day-to-day usage. It will, however, last through a day of heavy usage.
The Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 comes with Quick Charge technology, allowing both handsets to charge up to four times faster than a conventional charger. However, S7 only comes with Quick Charge 2.0 while the HTC comes with the latest 3.0 tech. This means HTC charges faster compared to the S7.
The HTC and S7 run on Android Marshmallow but the latter comes with its own Android skin, which is overlaid, on the standard interface. As such, most icons look different on the S7. If you hate the TouchWiz, Samsung managed to tone down its intrusiveness.
On the other hand, the HTC offers a much closer user experience as Google intended, which gets plus points. HTC also noted that it is working with Google to eliminate duplicate apps to organize the interface. The HTC 10 features a freestyle layout, allowing users to place the apps anywhere on the screen as opposed to being limited to a pre-set grid. As far as customization goes, HTC trumps the S7 simply because the handset leaves more room for personalization.
The HTC 10 will set you back £569.99 while the S7 costs £569. Both are very pricey but given the impressive specs and design, both flagship phones are definitely worth the money! Both handsets pack an impressive selection of high-end components including the latest processors from Qualcomm, excellent cameras, and expandable storage!
The only difference between the two is the way each company played their respective handsets’ strengths. Samsung really set the bar high in terms of display quality, performance, and battery life. On the other hand, HTC focused on enhancing the user experience, audio quality, durable form factor, and a cleaner interface.