The new HTC 10 is arguably the best ever HTC smartphone to have been manufactured in the recent days. Be it for the design, specs, features or even software, the phone has what it takes to be the best release in 2016.
But does it have everything you need in order to make the jump from the two-year-old HTC One M8?
Design and display
Even if the new HTC 10 has the looks, you will agree that the mother of these looks is the HTC One M8. The phone is made of a sleek, brushed aluminum material and features subtle curves. You will notice the distinctive speakers at the top and bottom although these grilles make the phone slightly bigger than a 5-inch phone should be.
A look at the HTC 10 will reveal something different. There are no speaker grilles, something that means the phone gets an even bigger display screen of 5.2-inches. While the sleek angular bits are finely curved to give the entire phone a gorgeous touch, you will want to think twice if looks are what you are looking for – because the HTC One M8 still got them, and it is even more distinctive.
The two devices are further differentiated by the fact that HTC 10 has a fingerprint scanner in place of the One M8’s IR blaster, which is a lot better.
As pointed out earlier, the One M8 comes with a 5-inch Full HD screen that manages a pixel density of 441ppi. This gives pretty sharp displays and great viewing angles, but it is nowhere close to what the 5.2-inch QHD panel and 565ppi of pixel density the HTC 10 offers. In fact, the 10 is the first HTC smartphone to sell in the international space with a QHD panel on board. With this in mind, there is no doubt that upgrading from the One M8 is no longer an option.
Performance and software specs
Being a 2014 flagship, the HTC One M8 uses the then flagship Snapdragon 801 SoC, an Adreno 330 GPU and a RAM of 2GB. Two years down the line, this spec sheet still offers one of the best performance speeds of a smartphone. Whether it’s multitasking, gaming or even intensive web browsing sessions – the phone will take you through with no glitches. However, it at times gets slightly warmer, but not to worrying levels.
Two years down the line and there is an even better chipset in the shape of Snapdragon 820 SoC, backed by a high performing Adreno 530 GPU and an even better RAM of 4GB. This is the fastest combination around so far and with it, expect even better performance, something the One M8 won’t be close to matching in any way.
As far as upgrading is concerned, there is no doubt that the One M8 has and still is a strong performer. But c’mon, the phone is now two years old and with the Android niche becoming even more demanding, you may have very few options on the table.
HTC has already confirmed that HTC 10, HTC One M9 and One A9 will be receiving Android N probably before the end of this year. However, the company has remained coy on whether the One M8 will be receiving the update or not. But with the phone well beyond two years now, it is possible that the latest Marshmallow update will be its last.
The One M8 packs an onboard storage of 16GB for the base model and 32GB for the top end model. This can be expanded with the help of a microSD card. HTC 10 steps up this game by bringing a 32GB variant, which can be expanded via a microSD card as well.
Camera and battery life
The HTC One M8 has a great camera on the back. It features two lenses – one dedicated to depth and the other dedicated to taking 4.1 UltraPixel shots. The results of this idea are great, but they are nowhere near what the HTC 10 offers. The flagship has a 12MP sensor that features OIS to ensure low light photography is the best. You also get a decent 5MP selfie camera that delivers much better shots than the One M8.
Expect to bet a longer battery life with the 10 as compared to the M8 thanks to the former’s 3000mAh battery capacity as compared to the latter’s 2600mAh. While fast charging is available on both units, you only get support for the latest USB Type-C on the HTC 10.
So, should you upgrade from your older HTC One M8 to a new HTC 10? The answer is definitely yes. There is plenty of power, features and lots of other upgrades in the new device.