Although we're still waiting for the HTC One M10 to drop, there's enough information online to paint an intriguing picture of the smartphone. The HTC One M9 is a pleasure to use, so the HTC One M10 needs to impress in all of the right areas to become a worthy follow-up. Read on for our comparison between the HTC One M10 and HTC One M9.
HTC One M10 vs HTC One M9: design and build quality
According to Android tipster Evan Blass, the HTC One M10 will likely be similar in design terms to the iPhone-like HTC One A9. Back in January, the smartphone fanatic tweeted: "If you like the A9, you'll love the M10." If that's the case, we're expecting to see nice rounded edges and a clean back on the HTC One M10.
Leaked images apparently showing the HTC One M10 shared by Blass also show a rounded home button. The gadget certainly reminds us of an Apple product, but whether or not that's a plus or a minus is down to personal preference.
Few would argue that the HTC One M9 is a solid smartphone, but the overall look of the mobile doesn't really 'wow'. Even so, the HTC One M9 arrives in a two-tone aluminum chassis which looks lovely when the light hits it, and its shape makes the mobile easy to grasp.
The HTC One M9 has come under some stick in the past for its familiar exterior, so we're hoping for a design shake-up with the HTC One M10.
HTC One M10 vs HTC One M9: display
If rumors are to be believed, the HTC One M10 will be dropping with a 5.1-inch QHD AMOLED display. Evan Blass is unsurprisingly the name behind the claim, which hasn't been confirmed by HTC.
Interestingly, this information goes against another Twitter leaker, @LlabTooFeR, who instead says that the upcoming HTC One M10 smartphone will rock a 5.2-inch WQHD screen.
The HTC One M9 comes with a 5-inch Full HD IPS offering that dishes up some gorgeous, vibrant visuals. It wasn't all rosy in our full review of the HTC One M9 however, considering we found the display was slightly dimmer compared to the likes of Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 or the Google Nexus 6.
Overall, the HTC One M9's display is good and viewing angles are excellent, but we're expecting some substantial improvements in quality for the highly-anticipated HTC One M10.
The HTC One M10 will apparently be powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor and the Adreno 530 GPU, backed by 4 GB of RAM to keep things chugging along. This would certainly be an upgrade on the HTC One M9, which admittedly was still a very smooth-running smartphone.
According to leaks, the upcoming HTC One M10 will offer buyers 32 GB of internal storage, the same amount that the HTC One M9 brings to the table.
HTC's One M9 mobile is home to a Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor that performs well under strenuous gaming-related challenges and multitasking missions. It's possible to have masses of tabs open during an internet browsing adventure and not be hit with any stutter or lag, which is impressive.
The HTC One M10 is obviously likely to surpass the HTC One M9 when it comes to performance, but even so the HTC One M9 remains a great worker today.
HTC One M10 vs HTC One M9: camera
HTC is expected to bring a 12 MP rear-facing shooter to its new HTC One M10, which despite having a lower megapixel count than the M9 equivalent will likely take better snaps.
According to Evan Blass, the HTC One M10's back camera will be equipped with laser-assisted autofocus and OIS, bringing improvements to previous members of the HTC family. As for the front camera, concrete details are yet to appear.
Although the HTC One M9 boasts a 20 MP camera, the experience isn't perfect. Despite dual-LED flash, smile detection and a number of other nifty tricks, the camera on the HTC One M9 isn't mind-blowing. Ultimately, it's slightly average for a smartphone that was considered a flagship.
On the other side of the smartphone, the 4 MP front-facing camera does well to adapt to different lighting scenarios. There's lots of effects and face-warping tech to have fun with and images remain clear.
Whilst the camera on the HTC One M9 does well to satisfy most, we're expecting HTC to focus less on megapixel numbers and more on overall image quality when the HTC One M10 rolls around.
HTC One M10 vs HTC One M9: software
The HTC One M10 is expected to arrive rocking the latest build of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, attached to HTC's own Sense 8.0 UI.
HTC Sense 7 on the One M9 is enjoyable for the most part and highly customizable, making it a top experience for folk that like to tinker with their smartphone. Thanks to HTC's interface, it's possible to pick and choose from a variety of themes, colors, icon styles, fonts and more.
One of the biggest advantages of Sense UI is the fact that it's a slim skin that shakes its finger at unnecessary bloatware and 'filler' material.
A fusion of HTC's Sense 8.0 UI and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow should do more than enough to satisfy smartphone owners that enjoy a stock-like experience with lots of customization tools lying within.
Little is known about the battery inside the HTC One M10, although it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect an upgrade on the HTC One M9's 2,840 mAh offering.
The HTC One M9's battery life improved slightly upon the HTC One M8 before it, but it doesn't keep the smartphone alive for very long, especially if you're a heavy user. We find that the HTC One M9 needs juicing up after a day of moderate use, which is a nuisance.
HTC One M10 vs HTC One M9: specs
If the specs we're seeing in the HTC One M10 leaks are to be trusted, it looks like the smartphone group's newest release will be a nice upgrade to the already solid HTC One M9.
Take a look at the table below for a specs comparison between the HTC One M10 and the HTC One M9.
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HTC One M10 vs HTC One M9: verdict
The HTC One M10 isn't due for a couple of months, but we're already counting down the days until the smartphone is finally unveiled.
It'll be interesting to see how the iPhone-inspired design is received, if indeed the leaked pictures we've been looking at are legitimate.
We still find the HTC One M9 to be a great smartphone, but the spec leaks we're looking at seem to make the HTC One M10 appear like a worthwhile upgrade. If improvements are made in the camera and battery life departments, plenty of people will be willing to part with their cash.
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