This year, different manufacturers have stepped out to unveil their new flagship phones as is the culture every other year. While Samsung unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC have unveiled the HTC 10. These were preceded by the S6 and the HTC One M9 respectively. The new flagships spot a number of upgraded features from their predecessors. But how do they compare? Given that both phones retail at about $700, would you buy the S7 or the HTC 10 given a chance?
The HTC 10 maintains a single block of aluminum for the build. It is wider than the One M9, it’s predecessor. It has a bit of curve which makes it more beautiful to look at but some have already complained that the wider body makes it less comfortable to us with a single thumb.
However, it has great balance between screen size and dimensions. It has a 5.2 inch screen with a 2560 by 1440 resolution. The S7 on the other hand, has a 5.1 inch screen and 2560 by 1440 resolution as well. It also has a metal and glass design with a smooth back. It is thicker than its predecessor in order to accommodate a larger battery.
The HTC 10 has the second speaker on the devices’ underside, replacing the front-facing speakers with a fingerprint sensor instead. While both flagships have fingerprint sensors at the front, the HTC one is more responsive and is more capacitive than physical. This prevents future problems due to damage. The same cannot be said for the S7. Additionally, the HTC 10’s sensor is a bit faster than the S7’s.
Both flagships run on the Android 6.0.1 which is the latest in the market and whose functioning is great. As for the CPU, The S7 has the Snapdragon 820 quad-core while the HTC 10 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. Both phones have 4GB RAM and have the option of 32 and 64 GB when it comes to internal memory. Additionally, both support micro SD expandable memory. They also have 3000 mAh batteries which are guaranteed to maintain the necessary juice to keep the handsets on throughout the day It seems that the flagships are neck and neck, seemingly having a number of similar characteristics.
When it comes to the camera, the Galaxy S7 has a 12 MP camera plus OIS and an f/1.7 lens while the HTC 10 has a 12 MP camera, OIS and an f/1.8 lens. The front-facing camera for both is 5 MP with a slight difference in the lens being f/1.8 and f/1.7 for the HTC and the S7 respectively.
The HTC 10 has an edge over the S7 because it has Quick Charge 3.0 and a USB Type-C. These are the latest in the market and so HTC has their users covered for a long time. The transfer speed between the handset and other devices such as PC’s is also quite fast with the Type-C port. On the other hand, the S7 has Quick Charge 2.0 and the micro USB which have been maintained in order to function alongside the VR headset which is only micro USB supported.
These are both great phones and seem to offer a lot of the same features. However, the HTC offers quick charging, great camera and an attractive design in comparison to the S7. The S7 on the other hand, has a battery life that holds up better due to its Always-On feature that saves on charge. It also has better screen quality and the waterproof feature that sets it a step above most other flagships.
So, given the opportunity, one should go for the Galaxy S7. However, for those who are HTC loyalists, the HTC 10 is as good as the S7 in terms of performance and delivery.