The year 2016 is halfway through and honestly, the smartphone world is already full of great options to choose from. OnePlus 3 is the latest to join the group – a group that HTC 10 is also among the go-to flagships.
So, how do these two compare against each other in terms of specs and features? Here’s a closer look.
HTC has been seeing a drop in its sales over the past few years. Things went from bad to worse with the release of HTC One M9 last year. The company even tried to make up for things by releasing a One A9, but this could not help. The Taiwanese tech giant came back stronger and better this year with an all new HTC 10.
The 10 has a 5.2-inch Super LCD5 display screen with QHD resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels. This delivers a massive pixel density of 565ppi. Under the hood, the tech giant went for the best smartphone processor in the market – a Snapdragon 820 SoC. This 64-bit quad-core processor has a maximum clock speed of 2.15GHz. It is paired with a RAM of 4GB and an Adreno 530 GPU. There is 32GB of onboard storage with room for expanding it via a 2TB microSD card.
Camera-wise, the HTC 10 packs a 12MP UltraPixel snapper on the rear that has an aperture of f/1.8. You also get OIS, dual-tone LED flash as well as fast laser autofocus, among others. On the front, HTC went for a 5MP sensor with the same aperture as the rear lens. Unlike what you get with other Android devices (and the iPhone), the HTC 10 has OIS and a flash on its selfie camera for better low-light snaps. The battery unit is 3000mAh in size, which should be enough to get you through the day on a single charge.
With Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology, it is possible to get this battery from 0-50% in half an hour. But to get all this power in your pocket, you must first shell out no less than $650.
As for OnePlus 3, the phone continues the trend set by Chinese manufacturers, coming in with affordable smartphones that pack flagship designs, specs, and features. Usually, this price-drops come at some cost, with some specs and features somehow dropped. OnePlus 3 is not different, but still, there is no arguing against the fact that this handset is their most complete when compared to the likes of OnePlus X, OnePlus 2 and the original OnePlus One.
The phone comes with a huge 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display screen that drops the use of a QHD resolution in favor of a Full HD resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. This means you get a pixel density of 401ppi. Under the hood, OnePlus did not make any mistake. The Chinese OEM went for a similar taste as HTC 10, packing a Snapdragon 820 SoC that features the same clock speed of 2.15GHz, an Adreno 530 GPU, but has 2GB of extra RAM as compared to its counterpart.
There is 64GB of onboard storage on the OnePlus 3, however, unlike the 10, there is no room for a microSD card. In terms of camera, the rear snapper gets a 16MP lens that comes with fast PDAF, OIS, EIS, LED flash as well as a decent aperture of f/2.0. The front part also comes with an even better 8MP snapper that keeps the same aperture as its primary counterpart.
In terms of battery power, OnePlus 3 keeps the same 3000mAh unit as the HTC 10. However, the tech giant went for Dash Charging technology instead of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, but the two deliver the same effect. As a result, OnePlus says that it is possible to charge the phone from 0-60% in half an hour.
Like HTC 10, OnePlus 3 has Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on board. The two tech giants have done amazingly well when it comes to eliminating bloatware in their skins. OnePlus uses OxygenOS whereas HTC has Sense. You will also get things like fingerprint sensor, NFC and USB Type-C ports on both handsets. As for the price, a 6GB/64GB OnePlus 3 flagship will set you back $399, which is more than $250 less than the price of the HTC 10.
So, which one will it be?