Samsung Galaxy S7 is already up for sale in most parts of the world following its March 11 official release. HTC was expected to announce a successor to last year’s One M10 at the MWC 2016, but this did not happen.
There have been rumors that doing rounds about the upcoming HTC device, with the company occasionally teasing users on social media using the hashtag #powerof10. Claims have been rife that the Taiwanese OEM will be changing tactics in terms of naming, this time dropping the “One M’ tag and instead coming in with a device known as HTC 10. As noted, these are just rumors.
HTC confirmed that it will be unveiling its next flagship during an event to be held in London on April 12, but it did not mention whether the name of the phone will actually change. But since we know that it’s a flagship, the device will probably be packed with some of the latest flagship hardware and specs.
Based on the rumors we’ve gathered about the upcoming HTC 10, here is a specs and feature comparison between this device and the current talk of the town – Samsung Galaxy S7.
Design and display
HTC is said to be working on an all-metal design for the upcoming flagship with the same form factor as the HTC One M9. However, unlike the Galaxy S7, this device might come in with support for USB Type-C charging. A fingerprint sensor will be hard to miss and so is waterproofing capabilities.
Samsung Galaxy S7, on the other hand, comes with a glass and metal body and it probably is smaller and thinner than the HTC 10. The phone comes with a micro-USB port, IP68 rating for water and dust proof as well as a fingerprint sensor. Samsung did keep a lot of the form factor of the Galaxy S6, something that might give HTC 10 a chance to come in with a revolutionary design change, much more like LG did with the LG G5’s semi-modular design.
On display matters, there have been mixed reports on the size of the HTC 10, with some claims pointing to a 5.2-inch screen, while others are stuck at 5.1 inches. What is common about these reports is that the phone will come with QHD resolution. There is no agreement on the panel HTC will use on the flagship, with some adamant that the company will stick with Super LCD and others optimistic about the company’s switch to AMOLED like what it used for the One A9.
Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED QHD screen with a pixel density of 577ppi. If HTC 10 manages to feature a 5.1-inch screen, this is the same pixel density it will come with; however, switching to the slightly larger 5.2 inches will result in something like 565ppi. Still, expect to see a great display unit on the HTC 10, just like with previous flagships.
Hardware and software
Samsung Galaxy S7 packs some of the best hardware components you can find in a smartphone. These being a Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8890 CPU, 4GB RAM, and variants of 32GB and 64GB, both with support for microSD card. The phone packs a 3000mAh battery unit, which should be enough for day-to-day work. HTC 10 is the company’s 2016 flagship and as such, expect big features as well. Speaking of big, the upcoming HTC flagship will reportedly pack a similar Snapdragon 820 CPU, 4GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. The phone is also rumored to be coming with a 3000mAh battery unit to match its Samsung counterpart.
On matters camera, HTC will be looking to better what Samsung has done with the Galaxy S7. The rear of the S7 has a 12MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture and 1.4µm pixels to ensure more light comes in when in poor lighting conditions. The snapper also features OIS, LED flash as well as phase detection AF. The front snapper is 5MP with the same aperture of f/1.7.
HTC 10’s camera rumors are mixed, just like the display size. Some reports claim the phone will come with a 23MP rear sensor while others point to a 12MP sensor, similar to Samsung’s, but with an aperture of f/1.9. However, the snapper will also feature OIS, phase detection AF as well as dual-tone flash, among other camera technologies. On the front, some say the HTC 10 will carry a 5MP sensor, but this will mean the phone ditches the UltraPixel technology it used on the previous model, which was really awesome.
With Samsung Galaxy S7 already running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, it is also expected that HTC 10 will come in with the same OS. As usual, expect the company’s Sense to run on top of the stock Android. If rumors are to be trusted, the phone will come with the newest version of the interface, Sense 8.0.
Keep in mind that a lot of what is in talk here about the HTC 10 is based on rumors. It may or may not happen, but we’ll keep you posted on the phone’s developments as they unfold.