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HTC 10 vs. HTC One M9: The Successor Challenging The Flagship Smartphone

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HTC is poised to release the successor of its HTC One M9 smartphone - the HTC One M10 also dubbed the HTC 10.

The flagship smartphone from the company is poised to make a debut in April this year and HTC touts it to be the "smoothest and fastest Android" phone.

We take a look at how the latest upcoming HTC 10 and the old warhorse One M9 compare against each other.

Processor

The current-gen HTC One M9 packs in an octa-core processor with Snapdragon 810 (quad-core 2GHz + quad-core 1.5 GHz) chipset. Fans of the smartphone will be looking forward to an improved processor on the successor and if rumors are to be believed, HTC will not disappoint as the HTC 10 is said to house the latest Snapdragon 820 processor.

As we reported, HTC also has an alternate variant of the smartphone which will be fueled by a Snapdragon 652 processor.

AnTuTu benchmark scores which were leaked recently suggest that the HTC 10 notched up 156,901, which betters the 134,599 and 136,875 scored by the Galaxy S7 and the Xiaomi Mi 5, respectively. Both these handsets house the same Snapdragon 820 processor as the impending HTC smartphone. Interestingly, the HTC 10 even edged out the iPhone 6s which scored 133,781.

Display

While the One M9 has a 5-inch Full HD screen with a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution, the HTC 10 will apparently tout a 5.2-inch Quad HD display with a 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution.

Moreover, HTC is apparently deploying an AMOLED screen in favor of the LCD used on the HTC One M9 in the impending handset. The pixel density of the HTC One M9 stands at 441ppi, whereas the successor will boast 565ppi.

Design

The HTC One M9 is premium-looking thanks to its all-metal body and the successor HTC 10 will continue the trend. The HTC 10 will also have a chamfered edges and a curved back per leaked images of the handset. 

While the HTC 10 will sport the same measurements as the HTC One M9 (5.69 x 2.74 x 0.38 inches) it will take design cues from sibling One A9, which released in October 2015, making it svelter and flatter. The design of the M10 will be new judging by the leaked renders. 

Memory

Unlike the HTC One M9 - which is only available as a 32 GB model - the HTC 10 will come in 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB storage capacities. The 32 GB and 64 GB models will boast 3 GB of RAM, whereas the 128 GB variant will tout 4 GB of RAM.

The HTC One M9, on the other hand, has 3 GB of RAM.

The HTC One M9 comes with an expandable memory option (up to 128 GB via a microSD card. The HTC 10 is also anticipated to offer support for additional memory.

Camera

The HTC One M9 touts a 20MP primary camera with an F2.2 lens. While some rumors have hinted at the HTC 10 boasting a 23MP rear-facing camera, other points to a 12MP UltraPixel sensor with a F1.9 aperture.

Selfie lovers though can rest easy as in all probability, like the One M9, the HTC 10 will also offer an UltraPixel front-facing camera which supports 1,080p videos. However, some reports also point to a 5MP selfie camera for the HTC 10.

The company's executive recently said that the HTC 10 will have a "very, very compelling camera."

Operating System

While the HTC One M9 comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box with HTC Sense 7 running on top, the HTC 10 is expected to come pre-loaded with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow and HTC Sense 8.0 UI, giving the latter an easy edge over the former.

Battery

The older One M9 smartphone is powered by a non-removable 2,840mAh battery, which offers support for 21 hours of talk time (on 3G). The impending HTC 10, on the other hand, is anticipated to house a bigger and more powerful non-removable 3,000mAh battery. The talk time offered is not known.

Price

The HTC One M9 was priced at $649.99 on release but now costs just $499.99. The smartphone is available in four hues: Gunmetal Gray, Amber Gold, Silver/Rose Gold, and Gold/Pink. The HTC 10 is rumored to come in four hues as well: silver, gold, white and black.

The Snapdragon 652 variant of the smartphone is anticipated to be priced around 3,799 Yuan (about $584). The Snapdragon 820 version of the 3 GB of RAM and 4 GB of RAM models will reportedly cost 4,999 Yuan (around $768) and 5,888 Yuan (about $904), respectively. Recently a retailer listed the 32GB model of the smartphone online, pricing it at 3,299.90 Romanian Leu, which is approximately $840.

Rumors have suggested that the launch of the smartphone could be April 11, April 12 or even April 15. However, HTC has a press event slated for April 12 so the smartphone is likely to be unveiled at the event.

Photo: Kārlis Dambrāns | Flickr

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