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HTC 10 Smartphone Review

Daniel Schmidt, Tanja Hinum (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 05/23/2016

Successful comeback! After the HTC One M9 came up short of expectations last year, HTC has made many improvements and now offers a great premium-range smartphone with a decent camera.

For the original German review, see here.

The naming of the Taiwanese manufacturer's new flagship smartphone comes as a small surprise. Contrary to initial assumptions, it is not called HTC One M10 but simply HTC 10. The device's looks have developed. It now features a physical home button that also houses a fingerprint scanner, and both front-sided speakers have disappeared. The smartphone is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 in conjunction with a generous 4 GB of working memory and 32 GB of internal storage that can be expanded via a micro-SD card. USB Type-C is also present, and the other equipment of the HTC 10 does not leave much to be desired, either. Fortunately, the manufacturer has also reduced the price by 50 Euros (~$56; RRP).

Distinction characterises the competitors of the HTC 10. The premium-range is suitably equipped to compete with handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, the Apple iPhone 6s Plus, the Huawei P9, the LG G5, the Google Nexus 6P, the Huawei Mate 8, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, the Motorola Moto X Force and the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL.

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HTC 10 (10 Series)
Graphics adapter
Qualcomm Adreno 530, Core: 624 MHz
Memory
4096 MB 
, LPDDR4
Display
5.2 inch 16:9, 2560 x 1440 pixel 565 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, 10 multi-touch points, Super LCD 5, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, , 23.08 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo headphone / microphone jack, Card Reader: Micro-SD max. 2 TB (SD, SDHC, SDXC), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: proximity sensor, rotation sensor, accelerometer and G sensor, digital compass, sensor hub, BeiDou, Miracast, Wifi Direct, DLNA, AirPlay
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), LTE Cat. 9 (band 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 32, 38, 40 and 41), LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9 x 145.9 x 71.9 ( = 0.35 x 5.74 x 2.83 in)
Battery
3000 mAh Lithium-Ion, Quick Charge 3.0, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 27 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 456 h
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix (UltraPixel 2 with 1.55 μm pixels, laser auto focus, BSI sensor, OIS, f/1.8, 26 mm, auto HDR, UHD video)
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix (auto focus, 1.34 μm pixels, auto HDR, OIS)
Additional features
Speakers: two speakers, Keyboard: virtual, modular quick charger, USB cable, Hi-Res audio headset, HTC Hilfe, Boost+, Themes, 24 Months Warranty, HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition, Dolby Audio, Hi-Res audio certified, three microphones with noise suppression, USB 3.1 Gen 1, Type-C, head SAR: 0.417 W/kg, body SAR: 0.174 W/kg, fanless
Weight
161 g ( = 5.68 oz / 0.35 pounds), Power Supply: 90 g ( = 3.17 oz / 0.2 pounds)
Price
699 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The casing of the HTC 10 is made of an aluminum unibody. Although at a first glance it looks quite bulky, it also looks high-quality. The manufacturer states a height of nine millimeters (~0.34 in). We measured 9.2 millimeters (~0.36 in), and even 10.15 millimeters (~0.4 in) including the camera. The device is available in three colors: Carbon Gray, Glacier Silver and Topaz Gold.

Despite its comparatively large casing, the HTC 10 is pleasant to hold. With the polished edges it resembles a thick Huawei Mate S, but also has its own unique charm.

The stability is very good. Pressure did not make any impression on the smartphone. Even high pressure on the front's glass did not cause any wave formations on the LC display. The gaps are also accurate and crisp. We could not find any reason for complaint here. The card slots are separated; while the micro-SD card can be inserted on the left, the nano-SIM slot is situated on the right.

Left to right: Huawei Mate S, HTC 10, HTC One M9
Left to right: Huawei Mate S, HTC 10, HTC One M9
159.3 mm / 6.27 inch 77.8 mm / 3.06 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 178 g0.3924 lbs158.2 mm / 6.23 inch 77.9 mm / 3.07 inch 7.3 mm / 0.2874 inch 192 g0.4233 lbs154.4 mm / 6.08 inch 76 mm / 2.99 inch 7.8 mm / 0.3071 inch 181 g0.399 lbs151.9 mm / 5.98 inch 78.4 mm / 3.09 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 165 g0.3638 lbs149.8 mm / 5.9 inch 78 mm / 3.07 inch 9.2 mm / 0.3622 inch 169 g0.3726 lbs150.9 mm / 5.94 inch 72.6 mm / 2.86 inch 7.7 mm / 0.3031 inch 157 g0.3461 lbs149.4 mm / 5.88 inch 73.9 mm / 2.91 inch 7.7 mm / 0.3031 inch 159 g0.3505 lbs145.9 mm / 5.74 inch 71.9 mm / 2.83 inch 9 mm / 0.3543 inch 161 g0.3549 lbs145 mm / 5.71 inch 70.9 mm / 2.79 inch 6.95 mm / 0.2736 inch 144 g0.3175 lbs

Connectivity

The connectivity of the HTC 10 is awesome. Wi-Fi Direct and Miracast are installed for wireless video transmission. DLNA is also supported. Users who prefer watching videos on a big screen via cable will be pleased with the USB Type-C port's DisplayPort feature. The port also provides the faster USB 3.1 gen. 1 standard. In addition, the interface supports OTG and the HTC 10 can even power other devices.

The integrated micro-SD slot supports the latest SDHC and SDXC standards and in theory cards with a maximum capacity of up to 2 TB can be inserted. However, the technology is not quite that advanced - 256 GB was the maximum at the time of testing. Applications can be moved to the micro-SD card (App2SD), and merging the additional storage with the internal storage is also possible.

As well as the latest Bluetooth 4.2, NFC is also present. However, HTC has axed both the infrared sensor and the radio receiver.

Upper edge: Audio
Upper edge: Audio
Left: MicroSD
Left: MicroSD
Right: SIM, microphone, volume, power
Right: SIM, microphone, volume, power
Lower edge: speakers, USB, mikrophone
Lower edge: speakers, USB, mikrophone

Software

Google's latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (HTC software: 1.30.401.1) was preloaded on the HTC 10 at the time of testing. The manufacturer covers it with its proprietary HTC Sense user interface that is now somewhat more clearly arranged and makes a fast impression. In addition to Google's apps and the corresponding office applications, HTC has also preloaded some social media apps. Annoyingly, they cannot be uninstalled completely, but can only be reset to factory state and disabled. The familiar HTC applications from the predecessor are once again on board. The user is advised to install several recommended apps during initial setup.

Communication & GPS

The HTC 10 can utilize a wide selection of modern communication interfaces. Among them we find a category-suitable ac Wi-Fi module that supports both the 2.4 and 5.0 GHz frequency bands. Its range is very good. The smartphone displayed a good signal quality even at a distance of roughly 12 meters (~39 ft) from the access point (Devolo dLAN 1200+ Wi-Fi ac). Websites loaded quickly and without noticeable limitations.

The HTC 10 uses HSPA+ (max. 42 Mbit/s downstream) and high-speed LTE Cat. 9 (max. 450 Mbit/s downstream) for connecting to the Internet on the go. We did not discover any unusual fluctuation in either the Vodafone or O₂ network in a major city.

GPS Test: Indoors
GPS Test: Indoors
GPS Test: Outdoors
GPS Test: Outdoors

The GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou satellite networks are used for localization. Finding satellites was quite fast, even indoors, and the accuracy varied from 5 to 8 meters (~16 to ~26 ft). This was virtually instantaneous outdoors, with a consistent accuracy of 3 meters (~10 ft).

The direct comparison with Garmin's Edge 500 bike computer confirms this impression. We took both devices on a bike ride. The HTC 10 is one of the few smartphones that manages to trace the route even more accurately than the bike system. The review sample's performance was primarily better between narrow street canyons.

Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
HTC 10
HTC 10
HTC 10
HTC 10
HTC 10
HTC 10

Telephone & Call Quality

The phone app of the HTC 10 is very clearly arranged, and mostly follows the standard Android version. Everyone should find their way round quickly and easily here.

The call quality is on a very good level. We were always clearly audible without any static in our test calls via the mobile network and Skype. However, the smartphone user's voice sounded rather hollow. Noise suppression also functioned quite decently, but it does not quite reach the level of the Huawei P9. Although the speaker echoes a little at the other end, the conversation is transmitted very well, even when the HTC 10 is placed slightly further away from the caller.

Cameras

Front-facing camera photo
Front-facing camera photo

The front-facing camera in the HTC handset has a maximum resolution of 5 MP (2592x1944 pixels, 4:3), and is one of the few models that feature an auto focus. The manufacturer advertises a light sensitive lens, which we can confirm. The camera focuses relatively quickly, even in low light and releases immediately. Selfie fans will have fun with it since a Beauty Mode is also present. However, the colors look rather pale and the sharpness is unsatisfactory when zoomed to maximum.

The cameras in the HTC former models rarely impressed us. The Taiwanese manufacturer proves that they can do better with the HTC 10. A 12 MP camera that is able to capture an exceptional amount of light with its large 1.55 µm pixels is installed. The photos present a superb sharpness and good dynamic range. The equipment is also impressive; however, navigating through the settings is somewhat unusual and sometimes awkward at first. The settings can be adapted manually in the Pro Mode, and the RAW format can also be utilized.

The photos in scene 2 shows that the rivals render details slightly better and that color saturation could also be a little higher. The HTC 10 delivers a particularly good presentation in low ambient light. The sharpness is significantly better than of the LG G5 or the Huawei P9, while image noise is also lower.

Videos can be recorded in either Full HD at up to 60 frames per second or Ultra HD (max. 30 FPS). An optical image stabilizer prevents shaky photos. The quality is really good, and the sound recordings of our test videos were also impressive.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
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ColorChecker Passport: Target colors are displayed in the lower half of each patch.
ColorChecker Passport: Target colors are displayed in the lower half of each patch.

First, we photographed the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport under controlled light conditions; the photo is not edited afterwards. While the primary colors are rendered very vividly, the grayscale levels look somewhat dull and visibly too warm. Cyan and magenta are too bright among others.

We proceed with the test chart in exactly the same way. While the sharpness in the center of the image is very high, it decreases slightly toward the edges and the reproduction is brightened. Fonts are displayed impeccably on colored surfaces; minor reproduction errors are only seen in darker color tones when looking at closely. However, overall the HTC 10 offers a very good image quality.

Accessories & Warranty

The HTC 10 comes with a modular quick charger with a nominal output of 12.5 watts (5 volts, 2.5 ampere) and a USB cable (type-A to type-C). Beyond that, a small tool for opening the card slots and a high-res in-ear headset with various earplugs are included.

The Dot View Cover familiar from the One M9, now called Ice View, is optionally available. Furthermore, car accessories such as a holder or charging adapter can also be purchased.

HTC ships its product with a 24month warranty.

Input Devices & Handling

The capacitive touchscreen in the HTC 10 detects up to ten simultaneous touches and has a very glide-friendly surface. Inputs are implemented quickly and accurately; no dropouts occur in the peripheral areas of the screen, either.

Three Android sensor buttons are integrated under the screen. They function very reliably and, when desired, with haptic feedback. The home button in the center also houses a fingerprint scanner. It manages up to five fingers, and was very reliable in the test; however, it could have been slightly faster. It does not offer any additional features.

The vibration motor is very strong and needs some getting used to at first. The volume control and power button  are haptically different from each other. They both have a very firm and clear pressure point, and make a very high-quality impression.

HTC's own keyboard layout is very clearly arranged, and is comfortable to use. Another keyboard can be installed from the Play Store if preferred.

Display

Subpixel screenshot
Subpixel screenshot

The Super LCD panel in the HTC 10 is slightly larger than that of the predecessor, and now measures 5.2 inches diagonally. The resolution has also been increased to 2560x1440 pixels, which leads to a high pixel density of 565 PPI. The illumination of 93% is very homogeneous. We did not discover any backlight bleeding in our review sample.

The HTC 10 achieves up to 445 cd/m² in the screen's center in the brightness measurement with a pure white image. In conjunction with the black level (0.36 cd/m²), the handset offers a strong contrast ratio of 1236:1. The rates prove stable when the light sensor is enabled. This looks different when bright and dark areas are distributed evenly in the measurement (APL 50), which is also more realistic. In this case the brightness decreases slightly and achieves only 399 cd/m² while the black level increases marginally to 0.42 cd/m². This results in a poorer contrast of 950:1, which is nevertheless still a good outcome.

432
cd/m²
426
cd/m²
416
cd/m²
435
cd/m²
445
cd/m²
438
cd/m²
431
cd/m²
437
cd/m²
443
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 445 cd/m² Average: 433.7 cd/m² Minimum: 8.25 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 445 cd/m²
Contrast: 1236:1 (Black: 0.36 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.8 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 3.7 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
Gamma: 2.31
HTC 10
Super LCD 5, 2560x1440, 5.2
HTC One M9
Super LCD 3, 1920x1080, 5
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Super AMOLED, 2560x1440, 5.5
LG G5
IPS Quantum, 2560x1440, 5.3
Huawei P9
IPS-NEO, JDI, 1920x1080, 5.2
Motorola Moto X Force
AMOLED, 2560x1440, 5.4
Screen
-30%
0%
33%
-21%
-5%
-10%
Brightness middle
445
474
7%
583
31%
554
24%
784
76%
582
31%
337
-24%
Brightness
434
458
6%
560
29%
552
27%
774
78%
563
30%
336
-23%
Brightness Distribution
93
85
-9%
91
-2%
96
3%
91
-2%
91
-2%
91
-2%
Black Level *
0.36
0.4
-11%
0.46
-28%
0.43
-19%
0.38
-6%
Contrast
1236
1185
-4%
1267
3%
1823
47%
1532
24%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.8
6.32
-126%
3.55
-27%
1.59
43%
6.5
-132%
4.4
-57%
3.99
-43%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.8
2.56
56%
11.7
-102%
7.4
-28%
7.07
-22%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.7
6.36
-72%
3.88
-5%
2.01
46%
8
-116%
4.8
-30%
1.66
55%
Gamma
2.31 95%
2.43 91%
2.2 100%
2.01 109%
2.22 99%
2.2 100%
2.32 95%
CCT
7164 91%
8218 79%
7280 89%
6321 103%
8699 75%
6175 105%
6584 99%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
58.81
59.05
82.12
68.08
77.78
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
92.8
99.98
97.46
99.44

* ... smaller is better

We examined the reproduction quality of the Super LCD 5 panel in the HTC 10 with the photospectrometer and CalMAN analysis software. It makes a very good overall impression and is undoubtedly one of the best screens that are currently found in smartphones. However, it clearly lags behind the panel leader Galaxy S7 Edge.

The HTC 10 offers two different color profiles: RGB and Vivid. While the first renders colors very accurately and naturally, the colors look richer in the second. Furthermore, the color space coverage is somewhat higher, which is  evident in the green tone spectrum in particular. No serious outliers are seen in the RGB profile. Red achieves the highest DeltaE with 4.6, which a few of the other rivals do not manage on average. Regardless of the selected profile, a minor bluish tint is visible in the grayscale levels; however, the color temperature can be altered manually for each profile.

Grayscale (profile: RGB; target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (profile: RGB; target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (profile: Vivid; target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (profile: Vivid; target color space: sRGB)
ColorChecker (profile: RGB; target color space: sRGB)
ColorChecker (profile: RGB; target color space: sRGB)
ColorChecker (profile: Vivid; target color space: sRGB)
ColorChecker (profile: Vivid; target color space: sRGB)
ColorChecker (profile: RGB; target color space: Adobe RGB)
ColorChecker (profile: RGB; target color space: Adobe RGB)
ColorChecker (profile: Vivid; target color space: Adobe RGB)
ColorChecker (profile: Vivid; target color space: Adobe RGB)
Colorspace (profile: RGB; target color space: Adobe RGB)
Colorspace (profile: RGB; target color space: Adobe RGB)
Colorspace (profile: Vivid; target color space: Adobe RGB)
Colorspace (profile: Vivid; target color space: Adobe RGB)
Saturation Sweeps (profile: RGB; target color space: sRGB)
Saturation Sweeps (profile: RGB; target color space: sRGB)
Saturation Sweeps (profile: Vivid; target color space: sRGB)
Saturation Sweeps (profile: Vivid; target color space: sRGB)

The HTC 10 is quite impressive outdoors, and provides good legibility thanks to its decent contrast ratio and high luminosity. Only in direct sunlight are the contents difficult to distinguish.

Left to right: LG G5, HTC 10, Huawei P9
Left to right: LG G5, HTC 10, Huawei P9

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
34 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 88 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
51 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21 ms rise
↘ 30 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 85 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.4 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9322 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

As expected, the viewing angle stability is very good. There are no restrictions even in very flat viewing angles; the content always remained legible. A light reddish tint that covers the screen becomes visible at an angle of about 30 degrees.

Viewing angle stability: HTC 10
Viewing angle stability: HTC 10

Performance

At the heart of the HTC 10 is the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 that is also used in the LG G5. The system is supported by 4 GB of LPDDR4 working memory and the Adreno 530 graphics unit. Thus, the smartphone has a solid base that is one of the fastest currently found on the market.

The HTC 10 makes a very good impression in the benchmarks. It is particularly impressive in the system benchmarks, and places itself at the front of the comparison field alongside the iPhone 6s Plus. The review sample is also impressive in PCMark, and is only defeated by the two Huawei flagships. This also confirms our impression of the very fast user interface (UI).

It is on a similar level as LG's G5 in the other benchmarks. However, it is slightly weaker in the more demanding GFXBench Manhattan 3.1, and achieves only 24 FPS in the off-screen test. The G5 still manages 31 FPS, which is roughly 30% more with the same SoC.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
HTC 10
131866 Points ∼45%
HTC One M9
85487 Points ∼29% -35%
LG G5
124244 Points ∼42% -6%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
133626 Points ∼46% +1%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
128749 Points ∼44% -2%
Huawei P9
95743 Points ∼33% -27%
Huawei Mate 8
93767 Points ∼32% -29%
Google Nexus 6P
79502 Points ∼27% -40%
Motorola Moto X Force
89911 Points ∼31% -32%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
78324 Points ∼27% -41%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
HTC 10
5809 Points ∼30%
HTC One M9
4193 Points ∼21% -28%
LG G5
5581 Points ∼28% -4%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
4660 Points ∼24% -20%
Huawei P9
7058 Points ∼36% +22%
Huawei Mate 8
7344 Points ∼37% +26%
Google Nexus 6P
4716 Points ∼24% -19%
Motorola Moto X Force
5365 Points ∼27% -8%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
5094 Points ∼26% -12%
Geekbench 3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
HTC 10
5117 Points ∼14%
HTC One M9
3835 Points ∼10% -25%
LG G5
5507 Points ∼15% +8%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
4429 Points ∼12% -13%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
6480 (min: 6415) Points ∼17% +27%
Huawei P9
6522 Points ∼17% +27%
Huawei Mate 8
6265 Points ∼17% +22%
Google Nexus 6P
4587 Points ∼12% -10%
Motorola Moto X Force
4791 Points ∼13% -6%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
4492 Points ∼12% -12%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
HTC 10
2376 Points ∼48%
HTC One M9
1275 Points ∼26% -46%
LG G5
2396 Points ∼49% +1%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
2538 Points ∼52% +7%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2170 (min: 2120) Points ∼44% -9%
Huawei P9
1767 Points ∼36% -26%
Huawei Mate 8
1721 Points ∼35% -28%
Google Nexus 6P
1335 Points ∼27% -44%
Motorola Moto X Force
1262 Points ∼26% -47%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
1335 Points ∼27% -44%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
HTC 10
1688 Points ∼34%
HTC One M9
1132 Points ∼23% -33%
LG G5
1723 Points ∼35% +2%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
1676 Points ∼34% -1%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2121 (min: 1594) Points ∼43% +26%
Huawei P9
2503 Points ∼51% +48%
Huawei Mate 8
2552 Points ∼52% +51%
Google Nexus 6P
1317 Points ∼27% -22%
Motorola Moto X Force
1351 Points ∼28% -20%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
1402 Points ∼29% -17%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
HTC 10
2889 Points ∼40%
HTC One M9
1084 Points ∼15% -62%
LG G5
2833 Points ∼40% -2%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
2601 Points ∼36% -10%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2229 (min: 2043) Points ∼31% -23%
Huawei P9
829 Points ∼12% -71%
Huawei Mate 8
801 Points ∼11% -72%
Google Nexus 6P
1589 Points ∼22% -45%
Motorola Moto X Force
2067 Points ∼29% -28%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
1074 Points ∼15% -63%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
HTC 10
2495 Points ∼39%
HTC One M9
1094 Points ∼17% -56%
LG G5
2478 Points ∼39% -1%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
2318 Points ∼37% -7%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2204 (min: 1923) Points ∼35% -12%
Huawei P9
974 Points ∼15% -61%
Huawei Mate 8
945 Points ∼15% -62%
Google Nexus 6P
1519 Points ∼24% -39%
Motorola Moto X Force
1849 Points ∼29% -26%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
1132 Points ∼18% -55%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
HTC 10
1512 Points ∼31%
HTC One M9
845 Points ∼17% -44%
LG G5
1695 Points ∼35% +12%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
1697 Points ∼35% +12%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2002 (min: 1539) Points ∼41% +32%
Huawei P9
2510 Points ∼51% +66%
Huawei Mate 8
2432 Points ∼50% +61%
Google Nexus 6P
1142 Points ∼23% -24%
Motorola Moto X Force
1282 Points ∼26% -15%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
1348 Points ∼28% -11%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
HTC 10
4581 Points ∼41%
HTC One M9
1892 Points ∼17% -59%
LG G5
4468 Points ∼40% -2%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
4557 Points ∼40% -1%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
3015 (min: 2895) Points ∼27% -34%
Huawei P9
1080 Points ∼10% -76%
Huawei Mate 8
1092 Points ∼10% -76%
Google Nexus 6P
2302 Points ∼20% -50%
Motorola Moto X Force
3226 Points ∼29% -30%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
2336 Points ∼21% -49%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
HTC 10
3157 Points ∼38%
HTC One M9
1484 Points ∼18% -53%
LG G5
3277 Points ∼39% +4%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
3316 Points ∼40% +5%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2710 (min: 2421) Points ∼33% -14%
Huawei P9
1237 Points ∼15% -61%
Huawei Mate 8
1244 Points ∼15% -61%
Google Nexus 6P
1877 Points ∼23% -41%
Motorola Moto X Force
2413 Points ∼29% -24%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
2009 Points ∼24% -36%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
HTC 10
20344 Points ∼24%
HTC One M9
10432 (min: 10432, max: 10786) Points ∼12% -49%
LG G5
20997 Points ∼24% +3%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
12854 Points ∼15% -37%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
19610 Points ∼23% -4%
Huawei P9
15517 Points ∼18% -24%
Huawei Mate 8
15575 Points ∼18% -23%
Google Nexus 6P
14983 Points ∼17% -26%
Motorola Moto X Force
11963 Points ∼14% -41%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
12852 Points ∼15% -37%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
HTC 10
30061 Points ∼6%
HTC One M9
34429 (min: 34429, max: 34485) Points ∼6% +15%
LG G5
32109 Points ∼6% +7%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
41615 Points ∼8% +38%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
33031 Points ∼6% +10%
Huawei P9
21577 Points ∼4% -28%
Huawei Mate 8
20537 Points ∼4% -32%
Google Nexus 6P
34758 Points ∼7% +16%
Motorola Moto X Force
38394 Points ∼7% +28%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
37725 Points ∼7% +25%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
HTC 10
27176 Points ∼11%
HTC One M9
22783 (min: 22783, max: 23171) Points ∼10% -16%
LG G5
28730 Points ∼12% +6%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
27795 Points ∼12% +2%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
28671 Points ∼12% +6%
Huawei P9
19854 Points ∼8% -27%
Huawei Mate 8
19179 Points ∼8% -29%
Google Nexus 6P
26876 Points ∼11% -1%
Motorola Moto X Force
25751 Points ∼11% -5%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
26380 Points ∼11% -3%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
HTC 10
73 fps ∼1%
HTC One M9
49 fps ∼0% -33%
LG G5
74 fps ∼1% +1%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
78.9 fps ∼1% +8%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
81 fps ∼1% +11%
Huawei P9
40 fps ∼0% -45%
Huawei Mate 8
41 fps ∼0% -44%
Google Nexus 6P
44 fps ∼0% -40%
Motorola Moto X Force
58 fps ∼0% -21%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
56 fps ∼0% -23%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
HTC 10
43 fps ∼1%
HTC One M9
50 fps ∼1% +16%
LG G5
47 fps ∼1% +9%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
59 fps ∼2% +37%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
51 fps ∼2% +19%
Huawei P9
43 fps ∼1% 0%
Huawei Mate 8
44 fps ∼1% +2%
Google Nexus 6P
33 fps ∼1% -23%
Motorola Moto X Force
42 fps ∼1% -2%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
52 fps ∼2% +21%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
HTC 10
39 fps ∼7%
HTC One M9
23 fps ∼4% -41%
LG G5
42 fps ∼8% +8%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
38.4 fps ∼7% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
38 fps ∼7% -3%
Huawei P9
18 fps ∼3% -54%
Huawei Mate 8
18 fps ∼3% -54%
Google Nexus 6P
25 fps ∼5% -36%
Motorola Moto X Force
27 fps ∼5% -31%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
25 fps ∼5% -36%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
HTC 10
24 fps ∼7%
HTC One M9
24 fps ∼7% 0%
LG G5
30 fps ∼8% +25%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
38.4 fps ∼11% +60%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
27 fps ∼7% +13%
Huawei P9
19 fps ∼5% -21%
Huawei Mate 8
19 fps ∼5% -21%
Google Nexus 6P
17 fps ∼5% -29%
Motorola Moto X Force
17 fps ∼5% -29%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
27 fps ∼7% +13%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
HTC 10
24 fps ∼1%
HTC One M9
16 fps ∼0% -33%
LG G5
31 fps ∼1% +29%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
28 fps ∼1% +17%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
28 fps ∼1% +17%
Huawei P9
10 fps ∼0% -58%
Huawei Mate 8
10 fps ∼0% -58%
Google Nexus 6P
16 fps ∼0% -33%
Motorola Moto X Force
20 fps ∼0% -17%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
18 fps ∼0% -25%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
HTC 10
14 fps ∼0%
HTC One M9
17 fps ∼0% +21%
LG G5
17 fps ∼0% +21%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
28 fps ∼1% +100%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
15 fps ∼0% +7%
Huawei P9
11 fps ∼0% -21%
Huawei Mate 8
11 fps ∼0% -21%
Google Nexus 6P
9.5 fps ∼0% -32%
Motorola Moto X Force
12 fps ∼0% -14%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
19 fps ∼1% +36%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
HTC 10
18 fps ∼5%
HTC One M9
11 fps ∼3% -39%
LG G5
18 fps ∼5% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
15 fps ∼4% -17%
Huawei P9
6.5 fps ∼2% -64%
Huawei Mate 8
6.2 fps ∼2% -66%
Motorola Moto X Force
12 fps ∼3% -33%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
5.8 fps ∼1% -68%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
HTC 10
10 fps ∼4%
HTC One M9
12 fps ∼5% +20%
LG G5
11 fps ∼4% +10%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
7.9 fps ∼3% -21%
Huawei P9
7.1 fps ∼3% -29%
Huawei Mate 8
6.7 fps ∼3% -33%
Motorola Moto X Force
7.3 fps ∼3% -27%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
6.1 fps ∼2% -39%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
HTC 10
928 Points ∼46%
HTC One M9
789 Points ∼39% -15%
LG G5
900 Points ∼44% -3%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
1199 Points ∼59% +29%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
994 Points ∼49% +7%
Huawei P9
1029 Points ∼51% +11%
Huawei Mate 8
1127 Points ∼55% +21%
Google Nexus 6P
791 Points ∼39% -15%
Motorola Moto X Force
939 Points ∼46% +1%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
986 Points ∼48% +6%
Graphics (sort by value)
HTC 10
5009 Points ∼17%
HTC One M9
3210 Points ∼11% -36%
LG G5
4807 Points ∼17% -4%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
4299 Points ∼15% -14%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2203 Points ∼8% -56%
Huawei P9
1583 Points ∼5% -68%
Huawei Mate 8
1636 Points ∼6% -67%
Google Nexus 6P
2424 Points ∼8% -52%
Motorola Moto X Force
3376 Points ∼12% -33%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
3137 Points ∼11% -37%
Memory (sort by value)
HTC 10
1772 Points ∼24%
HTC One M9
933 Points ∼12% -47%
LG G5
1478 Points ∼20% -17%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
1124 Points ∼15% -37%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2072 Points ∼28% +17%
Huawei P9
2627 Points ∼35% +48%
Huawei Mate 8
2339 Points ∼31% +32%
Google Nexus 6P
1136 Points ∼15% -36%
Motorola Moto X Force
1085 Points ∼14% -39%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
876 Points ∼12% -51%
System (sort by value)
HTC 10
2806 Points ∼17%
HTC One M9
1672 Points ∼10% -40%
LG G5
2925 Points ∼18% +4%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
3925 Points ∼24% +40%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
4080 Points ∼25% +45%
Huawei P9
3930 Points ∼24% +40%
Huawei Mate 8
4064 Points ∼25% +45%
Google Nexus 6P
1798 Points ∼11% -36%
Motorola Moto X Force
2878 Points ∼17% +3%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
2737 Points ∼17% -2%
Overall (sort by value)
HTC 10
2193 Points ∼26%
HTC One M9
1410 Points ∼17% -36%
LG G5
2079 Points ∼25% -5%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
2206 Points ∼26% +1%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2074 Points ∼25% -5%
Huawei P9
2025 Points ∼24% -8%
Huawei Mate 8
2046 Points ∼24% -7%
Google Nexus 6P
1405 Points ∼17% -36%
Motorola Moto X Force
1774 Points ∼21% -19%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
1649 Points ∼20% -25%
Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal - offscreen Overall Score (sort by value)
HTC 10
608 Points ∼11%
HTC One M9
300 Points ∼6% -51%
LG G5
543 Points ∼10% -11%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
858 Points ∼16% +41%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
733 Points ∼14% +21%
Huawei P9
328 Points ∼6% -46%
Huawei Mate 8
347 Points ∼7% -43%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
478 Points ∼9% -21%

Legend

 
HTC 10 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996, Qualcomm Adreno 530, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
HTC One M9 Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994, Qualcomm Adreno 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
LG G5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996, Qualcomm Adreno 530, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Apple iPhone 6S Plus Apple A9, Apple A9 / PowerVR GT7600, Apple AP0064K (iPhone NVMe)
 
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa, ARM Mali-T880 MP12, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
 
Huawei P9 HiSilicon Kirin 955, ARM Mali-T880 MP4, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Mate 8 HiSilicon Kirin 950, ARM Mali-T880 MP4, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Google Nexus 6P Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994, Qualcomm Adreno 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Motorola Moto X Force Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994, Qualcomm Adreno 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994, Qualcomm Adreno 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash

The perceived browser performance is very good and does not give any reason for complaint. However, the benchmarks reveal that the HTC 10 is only in the midfield among its opponents here. The Nexus 6P based on weaker equipment defeats it in WebXPRT 2015.

WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score (sort by value)
HTC 10
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
108 Points ∼13%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
72 Points ∼9% -33%
LG G5
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
108 Points ∼13% 0%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, Apple AP0064K (iPhone NVMe)
190 Points ∼24% +76%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Mali-T880 MP12, 8890 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
163 Points ∼20% +51%
Huawei P9
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 955, 32 GB eMMC Flash
128 Points ∼16% +19%
Huawei Mate 8
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
139 Points ∼17% +29%
Google Nexus 6P
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
116 Points ∼14% +7%
Motorola Moto X Force
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
103 Points ∼13% -5%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
106 Points ∼13% -2%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
HTC 10
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
8905 Points ∼17%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6493 Points ∼12% -27%
LG G5
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9731 Points ∼19% +9%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, Apple AP0064K (iPhone NVMe)
15967 Points ∼30% +79%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Mali-T880 MP12, 8890 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
13191 Points ∼25% +48%
Huawei P9
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 955, 32 GB eMMC Flash
11783 Points ∼22% +32%
Huawei Mate 8
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
11329 Points ∼22% +27%
Google Nexus 6P
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
8804 Points ∼17% -1%
Motorola Moto X Force
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
8699 Points ∼17% -2%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
8851 Points ∼17% -1%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
HTC 10
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3146.3 ms * ∼5%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6508.2 ms * ∼11% -107%
LG G5
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3461.1 ms * ∼6% -10%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, Apple AP0064K (iPhone NVMe)
1743 ms * ∼3% +45%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Mali-T880 MP12, 8890 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
2564.1 ms * ∼4% +19%
Huawei P9
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 955, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2922.6 ms * ∼5% +7%
Huawei Mate 8
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3643 ms * ∼6% -16%
Google Nexus 6P
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4193 ms * ∼7% -33%
Motorola Moto X Force
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4080.1 ms * ∼7% -30%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4377.1 ms * ∼7% -39%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
HTC 10
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
52.1 Points ∼15%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
26.852 Points ∼8% -48%
LG G5
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
49.7 Points ∼14% -5%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, Apple AP0064K (iPhone NVMe)
118.7 Points ∼34% +128%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Mali-T880 MP12, 8890 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
75.12 Points ∼21% +44%
Huawei P9
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 955, 32 GB eMMC Flash
68.4 Points ∼19% +31%
Huawei Mate 8
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
65 Points ∼18% +25%
Google Nexus 6P
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
47.4 Points ∼13% -9%
Motorola Moto X Force
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
49.373 Points ∼14% -5%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
48.2 Points ∼14% -7%

* ... smaller is better

After the initial start, the HTC 10 still has a little over 23 GB of its 32 GB eMMC flash memory available. The storage speed is on a good level, and is slightly faster than that in the One M9. However, it cannot offer the high speeds of the LG G5 or the Galaxy S7 Edge.

It is possible to expand the storage via a micro-SD card. We tested the card reader performance with our Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 (max. read: 95 MB/s, write: 80 MB/s) reference card and were pleasantly surprised. The HTC 10 offers the up till now fastest slot that we have ever assessed in a smartphone, even though the test card's speed is not fully utilized.

AndroBench 3-5
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
HTC 10
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
65.44 MB/s ∼75%
LG G5
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
45.53 MB/s ∼52% -30%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Mali-T880 MP12, 8890 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
50.36 MB/s ∼58% -23%
Huawei P9
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 955, 32 GB eMMC Flash
24.83 MB/s ∼28% -62%
Motorola Moto X Force
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
46.96 MB/s ∼54% -28%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
HTC 10
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
83.3 MB/s ∼86%
LG G5
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
78.53 MB/s ∼81% -6%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Mali-T880 MP12, 8890 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
76.43 MB/s ∼79% -8%
Huawei P9
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 955, 32 GB eMMC Flash
55.05 MB/s ∼57% -34%
Motorola Moto X Force
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
79.04 MB/s ∼82% -5%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
HTC 10
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
15.89 MB/s ∼6%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
13.91 MB/s ∼5% -12%
LG G5
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
16.22 MB/s ∼6% +2%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Mali-T880 MP12, 8890 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
15.79 MB/s ∼6% -1%
Huawei P9
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 955, 32 GB eMMC Flash
47.45 MB/s ∼18% +199%
Huawei Mate 8
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
15.74 MB/s ∼6% -1%
Google Nexus 6P
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
11.79 MB/s ∼5% -26%
Motorola Moto X Force
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
19.78 MB/s ∼8% +24%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
14.53 MB/s ∼6% -9%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
HTC 10
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
29.92 MB/s ∼13%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
20.66 MB/s ∼9% -31%
LG G5
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
89.26 MB/s ∼39% +198%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Mali-T880 MP12, 8890 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
86.71 MB/s ∼38% +190%
Huawei P9
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 955, 32 GB eMMC Flash
39 MB/s ∼17% +30%
Huawei Mate 8
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
24.98 MB/s ∼11% -17%
Google Nexus 6P
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
20.1 MB/s ∼9% -33%
Motorola Moto X Force
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
22.55 MB/s ∼10% -25%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
19.11 MB/s ∼8% -36%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
HTC 10
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
115.56 MB/s ∼20%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
123.81 MB/s ∼21% +7%
LG G5
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
141.26 MB/s ∼24% +22%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Mali-T880 MP12, 8890 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
145.11 MB/s ∼25% +26%
Huawei P9
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 955, 32 GB eMMC Flash
72.19 MB/s ∼12% -38%
Huawei Mate 8
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
124.78 MB/s ∼21% +8%
Google Nexus 6P
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
122.51 MB/s ∼21% +6%
Motorola Moto X Force
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
47.99 MB/s ∼8% -58%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
99.4 MB/s ∼17% -14%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
HTC 10
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
275.09 MB/s ∼15%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
235.14 MB/s ∼13% -15%
LG G5
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
427.65 MB/s ∼24% +55%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Mali-T880 MP12, 8890 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
487.34 MB/s ∼27% +77%
Huawei P9
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 955, 32 GB eMMC Flash
281.26 MB/s ∼16% +2%
Huawei Mate 8
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
238.28 MB/s ∼13% -13%
Google Nexus 6P
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
236.33 MB/s ∼13% -14%
Motorola Moto X Force
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
252.03 MB/s ∼14% -8%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
256.75 MB/s ∼14% -7%

Games

With the Adreno 530, the HTC 10 is perfectly equipped for mobile gaming. Users who like to play on their smartphone will find the handset a superb platform that easily copes with all games from the Play Store. The well-functioning sensors and the great touchscreen are supported by strong speakers.

The HTC 10 is also awe-inspiring in the benchmarks. A good 30 frames per second is reached in "Dead Trigger 2". A new record is even set in the racing game "Asphalt 8" with 48 FPS.

"Dead Trigger 2"
"Dead Trigger 2"
"Asphalt 8: Airborne"
"Asphalt 8: Airborne"
Asphalt 8: Airborne
 SettingsValue
 high48 fps
Dead Trigger 2
 SettingsValue
 high30 fps

Emissions

Temperature

The idle temperatures of the HTC 10 already reach up to 36.6 °C (~98 °F) in the area of the mouthpiece. This is probably due to the charging electronic heat development. The rates climb up to 42 °C (~108 °F) in the same region during load. However, it is never unpleasant or even critical.

Since we discovered that the Snapdragon 820 throttled in the test of the LG G5, we also examined the HTC 10. We first ran the battery test of GFXBench that uses the OpenGL ES 2.0 interface. The test is performed thirty times in succession, and both the battery state and the frame rates are logged. The performance drops in the tenth run for the first time, and a second decline is ascertained after the eighteenth run. Overall, the HTC handset loses up to 35% of its initial performance. Throttling sets in much earlier and also more strongly (up to 43%) when running the more performance-driven Manhattan battery test (OpenGL ES 3.1).

OpenGL ES 2.0
OpenGL ES 2.0
OpenGL ES 2.0
OpenGL ES 2.0
OpenGL ES 2.0
OpenGL ES 2.0
OpenGL ES 3.1
OpenGL ES 3.1
OpenGL ES 3.1
OpenGL ES 3.1
OpenGL ES 3.1
OpenGL ES 3.1
Max. Load
 39.3 °C
103 F
39.2 °C
103 F
41 °C
106 F
 
 39 °C
102 F
39.8 °C
104 F
42 °C
108 F
 
 38.6 °C
101 F
39.3 °C
103 F
37.7 °C
100 F
 
Maximum: 42 °C = 108 F
Average: 39.5 °C = 103 F
39.4 °C
103 F
39.7 °C
103 F
39.3 °C
103 F
38.5 °C
101 F
39.6 °C
103 F
39.2 °C
103 F
38.3 °C
101 F
39 °C
102 F
38.3 °C
101 F
Maximum: 39.7 °C = 103 F
Average: 39 °C = 102 F
Power Supply (max.)  29.2 °C = 85 F | Room Temperature 21.9 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 39.5 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 39.7 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 33.7 °C / 93 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.

Speakers

The speakers in the HTC flagship smartphones have always been characterized by particularly good sound. HTC continues this tradition in the 10, but has reworked the concept slightly. Only one rather than both speakers are now on the smartphone's front. The other has been moved to the lower edge where it takes care of bass output. The speaker above the display is responsible for treble-heavy playback. In fact, a difference is audible, but that is primarily because the front-sided speaker hardly renders any bass at all. The Pink Noise diagram clearly illustrates that mids and basses of the side speaker are slightly stronger. The front output is more dominant at a frequency response of approximately 1 kHz. Unfortunately, the frequencies are not particularly linear; the HTC One M9 did a much better job here. The maximum volume of the HTC 10 is also only average with a maximum of 83.13 dB(A), but it nevertheless offers one of the best speaker systems installed in a smartphone.

Fans of good sound will be happy with the HTC 10. It is Hi-Res certified and offers sound enhancement by Dolby Audio. This also means that playback frequencies of connected headphones can be customized, which leads to an audibly improved sound outcome. Furthermore, the included headset is really good, and impressed us with their bass-heavy sound that is surprisingly powerful. We would never have expected this from the headset.

Pink Noise: HTC 10
Pink Noise: HTC 10
Pink Noise: HTC One M9
Pink Noise: HTC One M9

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the HTC 10 is on a good level. Only the maximum idle consumption is slightly too high. The communication interfaces seem to sap the battery here.

The smartphone supports Quick Charge 3.0, and the included power supply recharges it quickly. The battery is charged to 30% after just 15 minutes, 50% is reached after 31 minutes, and 80% after 53 minutes. The HTC 10 is fully charged in 86 minutes.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.03 / 0.27 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.68 / 1.49 / 1.91 Watt
Load midlight 7.4 / 9.71 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Gossen Metrahit Energy

Battery Runtime

The HTC 10 offers a 3000 mAh battery, which is slightly larger than the one in the One M9 (2840 mAh). The runtimes have thus improved slightly, but they are somewhat shorter compared with the competition.

The tests using an adapted screen brightness (150 cd/m²) are most significant. The HTC 10 places itself in the midfield in the Wi-Fi test, but it is quite good in video playback. The runtimes could certainly be improved via an update; primarily the communication modules consume quite a lot of energy.

An ultra-energy-saving mode is also present. It can extend the runtimes significantly, but only short messaging and the phone are available then.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
21h 13min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
6h 53min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
10h 48min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 23min
HTC 10
3000 mAh
HTC One M9
 mAh
LG G5
2800 mAh
Huawei P9
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
3600 mAh
Google Nexus 6P
3450 mAh
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
3430 mAh
Motorola Moto X Force
3760 mAh
Battery Runtime
-18%
16%
12%
61%
6%
-11%
26%
Reader / Idle
1273
805
-37%
1833
44%
1514
19%
1663
31%
1447
14%
1277
0%
1610
26%
H.264
648
421
-35%
600
-7%
568
-12%
914
41%
533
-18%
411
-37%
710
10%
WiFi v1.3
413
348
-16%
387
-6%
569
38%
732
77%
375
-9%
372
-10%
426
3%
Load
203
236
16%
267
32%
206
1%
392
93%
280
38%
210
3%
330
63%
WiFi
573

Pros

+ clear-cut design
+ fast SoC
+ decent speakers
+ extensive configuration
+ expandable storage
+ fast micro-SD slot
+ USB Type-C 3.1 gen. 1
+ nice panel
+ good camera
+ superb headset

Cons

- no infrared
- no radio receiver
- SoC throttles during load
- high idle power consumption when radio modules enabled

Verdict

In review: HTC 10. Review sample courtesy of HTC Germany.
In review: HTC 10. Review sample courtesy of HTC Germany.

HTC has developed an excellent piece of technology with its new top smartphone, which many would not have expected from the manufacturer. The smartphone shines with its superb display, decent camera, awesome interface configuration and great audio qualities.

The HTC 10 does not have any major shortcomings. It is too bad that the infrared transmitter and radio receiver are absent. Furthermore, the Snapdragon's throttling is annoying though not dramatic. The runtimes could be slightly better, but they will easily get most users through a day.

HTC 10: Compelling comeback without highlights.

Thus, there is not much room for complaint. The design is definitely a matter of taste. On the other hand, the build is very good. It is ultimately up to the buyer whether HTC will be successful with this smartphone. The smartphone is a good catch in any case.

HTC 10 - 05/09/2016 v5.1(old)
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
91%
Keyboard
71 / 75 → 94%
Pointing Device
96%
Connectivity
60 / 60 → 100%
Weight
91%
Battery
91%
Display
88%
Games Performance
60 / 63 → 95%
Application Performance
59 / 70 → 84%
Temperature
87%
Noise
100%
Audio
69 / 91 → 76%
Camera
81%
Average
80%
89%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Daniel Schmidt, 2016-05-23 (Update: 2018-05-15)