We compare the two high-end Android flagships of 2016
HTC released the eagerly anticipated HTC 10 smartphone earlier this month and so far, the company has received positive reviews for its new device. The HTC 10 follows the same design pattern as previously adopted by HTC for the M7 and M8, which made HTC a serious contender in the premium smartphones category.
LG Electronics Co. (NYSE:LPL), amidst much hype, also announced its latest flagship device in the form of the LG G5, which has taken the tech world by storm for of its innovative modular design. Today, we compare the two Android flagships and see which comes out on top.
Both devices are made from a single piece of aluminum which gives them a premium feel. The HTC 10 measures in at 146mm x 72 mm x 9mm, whereas the LG G5 comes in at 149mm x 74mm x 7.7mm. The LG G5 is slightly bigger than the HTC 10, but it is about 14 percent thinner than the HTC 10.
Both devices are also similar in weight, with the HTC 10 weighing in at 161g whereas the LG G5 weighs 159g. The HTC 10 looks very similar to HTC flagships of the past, whereas LG has adopted a modular design which lets users add parts, such as Hi-Fi sound or an external battery. The HTC 10 can be bought in the US in silver or gray, while the G5 will be available in Titan, Gold, Silver and Pink.
Fingerprint recognition is also found on both devices with the HTC 10 integrating the fingerprint scanner in the home button, while the LG G5 placing the fingerprint scanner on the back of the device.
Display and Battery
Both devices sport an ultra-sharp Quad HD resolution which comes in at 2560 x 1440 pixels. This results in 564ppi for the HTC 10 and 554ppi for LG’s G5. Both devices also share a similar IPS LCD Panel which makes colors vibrant. The HTC 10 boasts a massive 3000 mAh battery which the company claims will last up to 2 days of normal use. The LG G5 employs a 2800 mAh battery, giving users the option to change batteries unlike the HTC 10. Both devices also make use of the Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 which promises to provide an 80 percent charge in 30 minutes.
Performance and Memory
As expected from flagship devices, the HTC 10 and G5 boast the latest Snapdragon 820 quad-core chipset that clocks in at a respectable 2.2GHz. Both smartphones also have 4GB of RAM, promising blazing fast performance and excellent multitasking capabilities.
USB-C is also the standard port on both devices for charging and data transfers, as manufacturers have started to transition to USB-C as their port of choice. Both devices also come with 32GB of on-board storage with available Micro SD cards that lets users expand storage up to 2 TB. The two devices will also come installed with the latest iteration of Android, 6.0 Marshmallow. HTC 10 employs the Sense UI on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow whereas LG uses the Optimus UI skin on top of Android 6.0.
Camera, Price and Availability
The HTC 10 boasts a 12MP rear camera with a 5MP UltraPixel front camera whereas the LG G5 has a 16MP rear shooter with an 8MP camera on the front. Both devices come equipped with OIS that helps with taking pictures in shaky conditions. The cameras on devices also feature a f/1.8 aperture which results in crisp images even in low-light conditions. Both phones are now available across all major retailers in the US. The HTC 10 can be purchased for $640 whereas the G5 is available for $630.
Both devices boast similar specs and so far, there is no clear winner. For users that want a device for customization, the G5 is the clear choice due to its modular capabilities. It gives users the options to replace the battery and add a camera module for better pictures.
The HTC 10 looks a promising device from HTC and looks to make up for the failure of its last two flagships.