HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 comparison

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The HTC 10 is HTC’s latest and greatest Android flagship, but it’s facing fierce opposition - not least the all-conquering Samsung Galaxy S7, which shows Samsung at the top of its game. The HTC 10 is good, but is it better than the S7? Find out in our HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 comparison.

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Like the Galaxy, the HTC 10 sticks largely with its predecessor's design. / © ANDROIDPIT

HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 comparison: design and build quality

The HTC and the Samsung have a great deal in common in the design department. Both devices don’t look dramatically different to their predecessors, both devices are very well made and both devices look and feel reassuringly expensive. On balance we think the Samsung looks a little less exciting than the HTC, but there really isn’t much in it: both devices are clearly premium products.

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The HTC is good, but it doesn't have Samsung's AMOLED or Always On display / © ANDROIDPIT

HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 comparison: display

The Samsung display is a little smaller than the HTC’s - it’s 5.1 inches compared to 5.2 in the HTC 10 - but it punches way above its weight: it’s a typically bright (some might say overly bright) AMOLED that’s as good as any display Samsung has made. The HTC display is good, with the same Super LCD we saw on previous HTC models, but it doesn’t quite have the punch of Samsung’s AMOLED. Both displays deliver 2,560 x 1,440 pixels but the Samsung is slightly more dense as it’s 0.1 inches smaller.

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We think the HTC looks more modern than the Samsung, but that's a personal preference. / © ANDROIDPIT

HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 comparison: processor and storage

The HTC comes with a Snapdragon 820 clocked to 2.2 GHz with Adreno graphics, 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory. A microSD slot means you can take the storage up to 2 TB.

The processor in the Galaxy depends on the one you get: there’s a Snapdragon 820 clocked at 2.15 GHz, which is very slightly slower than the one in the HTC, but there’s also the S7 with Samsung’s own Exynos 8890. That has twice the cores - 8 compared to the Snapdragon’s 4 - and it’s clocked at 2.6 GHz. It’s fast.

As with the HTC the Samsung gets 4 GB of RAM, but in addition to 32 GB of storage you can also spec the S7 with 64 GB. Once again the storage can be expanded via microSD.

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Both devices have Snapdragon 820s, but the Samsung also has an Exynos-powered model. / © Qualcomm

HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 comparison: camera

HTC has tried to innovate in cameras before - remember the clever but slightly doomed Ultrapixel camera in the HTC One M7? - but this time around it’s more conventional: the sensor is the same Sony one you’ll find in the Nexus 5X, but it’s been given a larger aperture and an optical stabilizer. The main camera is 12 MP and the front camera is 5 MP, although that’s backed with an impressive f/1.8 aperture and another optical image stabilizer.

The Galaxy S7 offers a 12 MP rear camera and a 5 MP selfie shooter too, and the main camera’s dual pixel technology means it actually takes better photos than its 16 MP predecessor. It’s very fast and takes really great images. In the real world we’d expect the HTC to be overshadowed by the Samsung.

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HTC's camera uses a familiar Sony sensor but gives it more oomph. / © ANDROIDPIT

HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 comparison: software

We’re in Android Marshmallow land with both devices, although both manufacturers have added their own special sauce in the form of HTC’s Sense and Samsung’s TouchWiz. Both manufacturers have scaled back the amount of installed applications they ship with their phones, so you shouldn’t end up with your storage packed with manufacturer apps you’ll never use. TouchWiz is arguably prettier than Sense, but this one’s really down to personal preference. Whichever one you go for, you’re getting all the Marshmallow goodies that are baked into the OS.

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The big flippy calendar tells you straight away that you're looking at HTC Sense. / © ANDROIDPIT

HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 comparison: battery

Marshmallow delivers genuine improvements in battery optimization, which is just as well: our flagships’ displays need serious power. Both devices come with 3,000 mAh batteries, both support fast charging and both include the appropriate charger in the box.

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Both devices should delight you, but one is slightly more delightful than the other. / © ANDROIDPIT

HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 comparison: early verdict

Picking a winner is a tough one, but it’s the kind of tough we like: it’s clear that whichever phone you plump for, you’re going to be delighted with it and its performance. However, there are some key differences between the two phones. The Samsung is likely to take better pictures and in its Exynos guise it should run more quickly than the HTC, while the HTC looks a bit more modern and should sound better on speakers.

What do you think? Has either manufacturer upped the ante, or are they resting on their laurels with their latest releases? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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  • Emma William May 25, 2016 Link to comment

    Meanwhile the Galaxy S7 has the better camera and display, as well as benefitting from being waterproof and compatible with a variety of wireless charging standards.
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    Deactivated Account Apr 25, 2016 Link to comment

    In day to day life a non techy person can't differentiate in their performance until unless you know how to push these machines to extreme for the final verdict of performance. Both are from renowned manufacturers. Samsung has upper hand due to AMOLED & Exynos. Bloatware is really irritating. Even after paying hefty amount we get garbage in free.

    At the end of the day phone should able to perform all the basic tasks hassle free.

  • Andrew Hoffman Apr 25, 2016 Link to comment

    Prefer build materials of HTC 10, adoptive memory on SD card and removal of duplicate apps. HTC is better than S7 in key areas for me.

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  • David Cook Apr 25, 2016 Link to comment

    Seriously? Samsung is loaded with bloatware, HTC has trimmed their offerings way down. You also made no mention of the speakers - which is a big reason I'm considering HTC. And the cameras have been compared and both supposedly take very good pics. I have to wonder if you had the phones both in hand or are just making assumptions.

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    Deactivated Account Apr 24, 2016 Link to comment

    I'm going with my granddaughter's opinion, she took one look at HTC and said "BOOORING..." lol,
    she loves the S7 "it's just cool..." and I agree, she wants cool and fashionable and something that impresses her and her friends...
    HTC is great if you know specs but it's missing the visual wow factor that Sammy currently has...
    personally I'm hoping HTC do this year's Nexus and take a more Motorola (not Lenovo) approach to Android.

    • Shane Jones Apr 25, 2016 Link to comment

      Most people buy cases for their phones to appeal to their "visual WOW" factors.
      I'll take the phone that I know will perform as good one year later as it did the day I bought it... And it's certainly nothing Samsung has to offer.

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        Deactivated Account Apr 25, 2016 Link to comment

        my kids use cases I don't...
        I certainly agree about Samsung... currently using Nexus, and hoping HTC do this years...

    • Ahmad M. Cnx Apr 26, 2016 Link to comment

      Honestly, the HTC 10's design is amazing except for the "Home button" it looks really really bad and it destroys the entire front design.
      So I give design to GS7 but specs are definitely for HTC 10

  • tariq Apr 24, 2016 Link to comment

    I would love a speaker comparison between the two phones...
    P.s. I loved the HTC m8 speakers!! I was wondering if HTC 10 is just as good as the m8

    • Shane Jones Apr 25, 2016 Link to comment

      M9 were better than the M8.
      I have both. The 10 are supposed to sound more crisp than the m9. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

  • LatinoMicz Apr 24, 2016 Link to comment

    HTC guarantees phone support/updates for their flagships up to 2 years from release which is pretty cool. Samsung I'm not sure.
    I wish I could take the best of Samsung and carry it over to the HTC because I do love the phone look and prefer the Sense interface over the TouchWiz.

    • Ahmad M. Cnx Apr 26, 2016 Link to comment

      The Galaxy S5 initially had Android 4.4 Kitkat, one year later it got the 5.1 Lolipop and now it is upgradable to android 6.0 Marshmallow. That's 3 years ahead from it's initial release.
      What about the Note 3 ? it had the Jelly bean at first and now it is up to 5.1 Lolipop.
      Same will happen with the S7 now that Samsung started taking care about their devices' software because it is a big success factor.

  • Derek Sharer Apr 23, 2016 Link to comment

    No mention of updates, or the fact the HTC can be bootloader unlocked while still being under warranty.

    While having an unlocked bootloader probably doesn't matter to most, if they want timely updates then the Samsung is a 5 JUST got Marshmallow this past week, absolutely nuts.

    Plus, HTC offers Uh-oh protection, which is pretty cool (gotta be in the US for that though).

    • Craig Lewis Apr 24, 2016 Link to comment

      Or if the HTC has a user replaceable battery!

      • Dmitry Lunev Apr 24, 2016 Link to comment

        A user replaceable battery HTC called LG.

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