HTC 10, this is how it stands against its high-end rivals

After some recent models with which it has gradually been moving away from the leading positions in the high range, HTC today presented its new HTC 10. With it they wanted to make a clean slate and try to not forget some of its hallmarks, and we see that in a different but similar name, and the same goes for its design.

To change HTC has changed until the date in which it presents its flagships, preferring to wait for weeks to pass since the Samsung and LG launches so that no new mobile obscures theirs. But what else is in this high-end HTC? Is it equipped enough to be able to face its rivals with guarantees?

Renovated design following the path of the A9

With the HTC One A9 the Taiwanese have already shown their intentions to give a return to the design of their devices, and after three years of cloning their range of flagships the time has also come. Of course, they change the design maintaining the quality of its materials, and once again betting on metal for its outer shell.

What has been left by the way are that annoying logo that they used to put on the front making it gain a few centimeters and its characteristic front speakers. With this they have been able to go from 5 to 5.2 inches maintaining practically the same height, gaining however a few millimeters in width and reducing its thickness compared to the HTC One M9

HTC 10Huawei P9 Samsung Galaxy S7 Sony Xperia X Perf. Nexus 6P Lumia 950 LG G5 iPhone 6s Xiaomi Mi5 screen 5,2 5,2 5,1 5 5,7 5.2 5,3 4,7 5,15 Dimensions 145.9 x 71.9 x 9.0mm 145 x 70.9 x 6.95 mm 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm 143.7 x 70.4 x 8.7mm 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm 145 x 73.2 x 8.2 mm 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm 144.6 x 69.2 x 7.3mm Weight 161 gr 144 gr 152 gr 165 gr 178 gr 150 gr 153 gr 143 gr 129 gr Finish Metal Metal Metal and glass (IP68) Metal and glass (IP68) Metal Plastic Metal Metal Metal and glass

Still, these efforts seem not to have been enough to stand out from some of its competitors. If you look at the table, other models with 5.2-inch screens such as the Huawei P9 or the Lumia 950 achieve more restrained sizes.

Nor does it seem to have managed to score as many in the thickness or weight of your device, and the same has happened when it comes to adding some increasingly standardized extras such as water resistance or protection against dust. At least they have not forgotten to include a fingerprint sensor and a USB Type-C port that has been missing in other great stars of the year such as the Galaxy S7.

Specifications that we know by heart

If there is one thing that stands out in this year's new generation of top-range mobiles, it is that its internal specifications are being very similar, especially in terms of its processor, RAM and battery configuration. As always, there are exceptions like the Huawei or the Exynos models of the Galaxy S7, but in most of the others there are no surprises.

And be careful, because I am not saying that it is good or bad, simply that everyone is playing it safe with the Snapdragon 820, 4 GB of RAM and 3,000 mAh batteries. These configurations are repeated so much that those who cannot reach them seem inferior, and leaving the norm like Samsung or Huawei may seem an unnecessary risk.

HTC 10 Huawei P9 Samsung Galaxy S7 Sony Xperia X Perf. Nexus 6P Lumia 950 LG G5 iPhone 6s Xiaomi Mi5 Processor Snapdragon 820 (4 cores) Kirin 955 (8 cores) Exynos 8890 (8 cores) Snapdragon 820 (4 cores) Snapdragon 810 (8 cores) Snapdragon 808 (6 cores) Snapdragon 820 (4 cores) Apple A9 (2 cores) Snapdragon 820 (4 cores) RAM 4GB 3/4 GB 4GB 3GB 3GB 3GB 4GB 2 GB 3/4 GB M. internal 32/64 GB 32/64 GB 32 GB 32 GB 32/64/128 GB 32 GB 32 GB 16/64/128 GB 32/64/128 GB Micro SD Yes Yes Yes Yes Not Yes Yes Not Not Battery 3000 mAh 3000 mAh 3000 mAh 2700 mAh 3410 mAh 3000 mAh 2800 mAh (removable) 1715 mAh 3000 mAh

But where there are really differences is on the screens, and this is doubly important. On the one hand, putting a more capable screen can help the mobile stand out from the competition, but it is also something that can turn against it by directly affecting autonomy. In this aspect HTC has not thought about it, and has decided to bet everything on image quality.

Therefore, while manufacturers such as Huawei, Sony, Apple and Xiaomi prefer to settle for more than enough Full HD on their screens to save battery life, the Taiwanese join Samsung, LG or Microsoft in casting the rest with QHD resolutions. 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, entrusting itself to the benefits of the processor so that it does not have too much impact on autonomy.

HTC 10 Huawei P9 Samsung Galaxy S7 Sony Xperia X Perf. Nexus 6P Lumia 950 LG G5 iPhone 6s Xiaomi Mi5 screen 5,2 5,2 5,1 5 5,7 5.2 5,3 4,7 5,15 Panel IPS Super LCD5 IPS SUPERAMOLED IPS AMOLED AMOLED IPS IPS IPS Resolution 1440p 1080p 1440p 1080p 1440p 1440p 1440p 1334 x 750 1080p Density 565 dpi 424 dpi 576 dpi 441 dpi 515 dpi 564 dpi 554 dpi 326 dpi 428 dpi

But autonomy does not depend solely on these characteristics either. For when we can analyze it we will be left to see to what extent the experience improves your Super LCD5 panel, and also what changes it may have added at the software level. It will be then when we can make a real comparison based on experience and not only on the specification table.

A camera that seems to finally hit the mark

In the end, time has ended up giving the reason to HTC and its idea of ​​not going crazy with the number of megapixels betting on sensors with larger pixels. But despite that we can not say that the photographic quality of its latest flagships has been up to scratch, so many eyes will be on the HTC 10 camera this year.

And on paper at least it seems that the Taiwanese have taken note of their mistakes. They match Apple, Samsung and Huawei in megapixels, they continue to opt for their UltraPixel, and offer an opening at the height of the best that only Samsung has improved. They have also not forgotten about 4K video recording, not bad for the rear camera.

HTC 10 Huawei P9 Samsung Galaxy S7 Sony Xperia X Perf. Nexus 6P Lumia 950 LG G5 iPhone 6s Xiaomi Mi5 Resolution 12 MP (OIS) 12 MP 12 MP (OIS) 23 MP 13 MP (OIS) 20 MP (OIS) 16 MP (OIS) 12 MP 16 MP (4-axis OIS) Opening f1.8 f2.2 f1.7 f2.0 f2.0 f1.9 f1.8 f2.2 -- Manual controls Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Not Yes High school 5 MP (OIS) 8 MP 5 MP 13 MP 8 MP 5 MP 8 MP 5 MP 4 MP Video 4K 4K 4K 1080p 4K 4K 4K 4K 4K

But where the surprise is is in the front, since the HTC 10 wants to put the medal of being the first mobile with optical stabilization in it. Therefore, you can get the attention of selfie lovers with a front camera designed for them, which also have a maximum aperture of f / 1.8.

But sadly where HTC seems to screw up again is in the price. And it is useless to equal the competition in benefits if you later decide to sell your mobile at a much higher price. As we can see on its official page, the presale price is 749 euros, making it the most expensive mobile on the market. Will their weapons and their apparent balance be able to make the price slab not decisive?

HTC 10 Huawei P9 Samsung Galaxy S7 Sony Xperia X Perf. Nexus 6P Lumia 950 LG G5 iPhone 6s Xiaomi Mi5 Price From 749 euros From 599 euros From 639 euros -- From 604 euros From 470 euros From 699 euros From 719 euros From 400 euros

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Microsoft Lumia 950 32GB 4G White Color - Smartphone (Single SIM, Windows 10, NanoSIM, EDGE, GSM, WCDMA, LTE)

Today in amazon for 315.69 €

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