Review: HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7
HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7: Design
The HTC 10 arrives with an all metal design featuring chamfered edges on the rear and the front. It measures 145.9 x 71.9mm with a curved rear between 3mm and 9mm and hits the scales at 161g.
A fingerprint sensor sits on the front of the device, flanked by capacitive buttons, while the headphone jack sits at the top and USB Type-C at the bottom.
HTC has done away with its signature front-facing speakers found on its previous flagships, but the HTC 10 still supports BoomSound, it’s just called BoomSound Hi-Fi edition now, and Hi-Res Audio support is on board.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 also has a metal body but adds glass to the rear. It measures 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm, making it a little smaller and slimmer than the HTC 10, as well as lighter, weighing 152g.
The Galaxy S7 places its fingerprint sensor on the front of the handset, again flanked by capacitive buttons, but the fingerprint sensor sits within a physical button on the Samsung, which it doesn’t on the HTC , offering added features. The Galaxy S7 adds IP68
waterproofing and dust proofing though, something to consider if you’re prone to dropping your smartphone in puddles or down toilets .
HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7: Display
The HTC 10 features a 5.2-inch Super LCD 5 display with a Quad HD resolution. This results in a pixel resolution of 565ppi, which should deliver lovely crisp images.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display, also with a Quad HD resolution for a pixel density of 577ppi. AMOLED displays tend to offer brighter and more vibrant colours than LCD, but they can also be a little unrealistic.
The Galaxy S7 has a fabulous display but HTC has been known to offer excellent screens in the past too so chances are there won’t be much in it between these two handsets. The Samsung does squeeze a few more pixels in per inch thanks to the smaller display, but the difference won’t be noticeable to the human eye.
Both displays are super sharp, but Samsung might just edge out HTC in vibrancy.
HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7: Camera
The HTC 10 arrives with a 12-megapixel UltraPixel rear camera featuring 1.55µm pixels. It offers an aperture of f/1.8 and features including laser autofocus, optical image stabilisation and a dual tone LED flash.
The front-facing camera is a 5 megapixels, again with an aperture of f/1.8 like the rear snapper. It has 1.34µm pixels, autofocus and optical image stabilisation, the latter of which is a first for smartphones.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 offers a 12-megapixel rear camera with 1.4µm pixels and an f/1.7 aperture. It comes with OIS, phase detection AF and an LED flash. The front camera is 5-megapixels and also features an f/1.7 aperture but there is no OIS on board.
The Samsung is being praised for its excellent camera, and HTC will have to fight hard to keep up. We’ve not spent enough time with it to just yet, but both cameras are fully packed with features.
HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7: Hardware
The HTC 10 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, supported by 4GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. A microSD slot is available for storage expansion, which is compatible with Marshmallow’s adoptable storage to allow you to combine the SD card storage and the phone’s storage.
The battery capacity of the HTC 10 sits at 3000mAh and it is charged via USB Type-C , with support for Quick Charge 3.0, and a promise of 2 days of battery life.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 comes in two models, one of which features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 while the other has the Exynos Octa 8 chip. Both come with 4GB of RAM and in 32GB and 64GB storage options, like the
HTC 10, and they both have microSD support for storage expansion.
The S7 also offers a 3000mAh battery capacity, like the HTC 10, but it opts for Micro-USB rather than USB Type-C . The SGS7 isn’t the best performer with battery life, so we suspect that HTC might have the edge here.
HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7: Software
The HTC 10 launches with Android Marshmallow and HTC Sense, but this is stripped down Sense compared to previous versions. It’s a refined Sense experience and closer to pure Android. Think of it as Marshmallow with the best of Sense, so a few additional extras but not an overload.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 also comes with Android Marshmallow but it opts for Samsung’s TouchWiz software over the top. Samsung’s is the full reworking, with every menu tweaked and changed.
The HTC 10 is simpler, with less duplication and better use of Android apps, compared to the Galaxy S7 , but both offer a refined experience.
HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7: Conclusion
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is a brilliant smartphone, as is the larger S7 edge. Luckily for HTC, it looks as though the new flagship will do a good job at competing against it though.
The HTC 10 comes with a great design, a display that is close to the Galaxy S7 and hardware that is on par, if not better. It introduces USB Type-C and adds OIS to the front camera, but whether HTC will be able to match the camera capabilities of the S7 with its new flagship have yet to be seen in the real world. It’s definitely going to give it a good go though it seems. HTC pushes audio quality and is likely to offer the better stamina from the battery.
There is very little to differentiate these two devices in terms of specs, so ultimately this decision will boil down whether you prefer Samsung design or HTC.