Nexus 6P vs. HTC 10: Which Flagship is better?

Nexus 6P and HTC 10

HTC 10 is the latest flagship from Taiwan’s HTC. The company, which has been rumored to be working on the successor of the 2015 Nexus 6P, has come in with a device that has been heaped with praise with respect to design, performance as well as photography.

HTC has managed to strip down the Sense 8.0 UI to give users an almost stock Android experience, something closer to what you get with the Nexus 6P. In fact, Google’s flagship smartphone is one of the biggest rivals the HTC 10 currently has thanks to its full stock Android experience as well as a compelling price tag.

So, how do these two smartphones – Nexus 6P and HTC 10 – compare in terms of design, display, performance, camera, as well as pricing?

Design and display

HTC 10 has a full-metal body, just like the Nexus 6P. However, the latter is larger in size than the former thanks to measurements of 145.9mm by 71.9mm by 9mm for the 10 and 159.3mm by 77.8mm by 7.3mm for the Nexus 6P. As you can see from the dimensions, the larger 6P is still the slimmer of the two phones. These dimensions give the 10 a smaller 5.2-inch display while the larger Nexus 6P spots a 5.7-inch screen. Both phones come with QHD resolutions.

Nexus 6P and HTC 10

In terms of color variants, you will find the HTC 10 in red, silver, gold and gray while Nexus 6P has three color variants of frost, graphite, and aluminum.


As far as performance is concerned, it can be argued that the HTC 10’s newer hardware make it a better performer than the Nexus 6P. There is a Snapdragon 820 SoC that is supported by a RAM of 4GB. On the other hand, last year’s Nexus 6P packs last year’s flagship chipset – Snapdragon 810 – and an even smaller RAM of 3GB. Still, you will get both phones with the same storage options of 32GB and 64GB, but it is only HTC that saw the need of having a microSD card slot.

Photography and software

The Google Nexus 6P was made by Huawei and as far as camera matters are concerned, the Chinese OEM went for a 12.3MP snapper on the rear and an equally powerful 8MP sensor for selfies. While the HTC 10 has the same 12MP sensor on the rear, the UltraPixel technology used makes it better at photography than the 6P. The front facing camera comes with a similar UltraPixel camera, but with a 5MP sensor. In addition, HTC has added OIS into both rear and front sensors, something that lacks in any of the Nexus 6P cameras. However, you will still find dual LED flash and laser autofocus on both phones’ cameras.

Nexus 6P and HTC 10

Both devices are powered by the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but HTC 10 has a Sense 8 UI that runs on top of the stock Android OS, unlike the Nexus 6P which runs the stock experience.

Other specs of these two phones include a state-of-the-art Cat.9 LTE modem for the HTC 10 and a slightly older Cat.6 LTE modem for the Nexus 6P; however, the latter device rocks a larger battery unit of 3450mAh as compared to the 3000mAh on the former.

With the Nexus 6P being a 2015 release, it is considerably cheaper than the HTC 10. The Google phone currently costs $450 for the base model and $599 for the high-end model. On the other hand, HTC 10 is currently available for preorders for a price of $699.

2 thoughts on “Nexus 6P vs. HTC 10: Which Flagship is better?”

  1. The Nexus 6P also has a matte gold variant and it comes in 128 Gb while the HTC 10 doesn’t have a red available.

    1. Actually, red is available for the HTC 10 in the Japanese market. No idea if it will be expanded to another market at a later date.

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