HTC 10 review: Greatest hit

Greatest hit

GSMArena team, 02 May, 2016.

Performance

The HTC 10 is powered by a Snapdragon 820 CPU with two Kyro cores clocked at 2.15GHz & two Kyro cores clocked at just 1.6 GHz. The Snapdragon 820 is the first CPU for which Qualcomm finally decided they didn't need more cores but better ones. The new chipset is paired with generous 4GB of RAM and a dedicated Adreno 530 GPU for graphics.

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Indeed, a single Kryo core is a beast, and currently it's one of the best solutions on the market together with Apple's Twister CPU. The single-core performance is crucial for smooth OS operations, and the Kryo cores are up to the task.

GeekBench 3 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 6s
    2542
  • HTC 10
    2368
  • LG G5
    2328
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    2305
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    2170
  • Huawei P9
    1819
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
    1490

The multi-core score isn't as impressive, because there are only four Kryo cores inside the Snapdragon 820, while the Kirin 955 in Huawei P9, or the Exynos chip inside the Galaxy S7 feature octa-core processors. Still, considering the number of cores, we could easily consider those points as an excellent grade.

GeekBench 3 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Huawei P9
    6558
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    6360
  • LG G5
    5362
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    5358
  • HTC 10
    5257
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    4427
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    4017
  • HTC One M9
    3761
  • HTC One (M8) Lollipop
    2923

The HTC 10 easily aced the AnTuTu 6, and it bested the rest of its siblings by a huge margin. Since the HTC 10 has similar hardware to the LG G5, we guess some software optimizations are the reason for the great performance.

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • HTC 10
    154031
  • LG G5
    134541
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    132084
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    131758
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    129990
  • Huawei P9
    98069
  • HTC One M9
    73021

The BaseMark OS II compound bench outed an oddly low score, which makes us believe there might be some problem with the app itself and the new Sense UI. We'll redo this test when possible.

Basemark OS 2.0

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 6s
    2195
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    2180
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    2128
  • Huawei P9
    2068
  • LG G5
    2065
  • HTC 10
    1839
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    1482
  • HTC One M9
    1365
  • HTC One (M8) Lollipop
    1186

HTC 10 uses the latest Adreno 530, which is the best GPU on the market right now. The off-screen GPU benchmarks below prove that.

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • HTC 10
    47
  • LG G5
    47
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    45
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    39.5
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    38
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    24
  • HTC One M9
    23
  • Huawei P9
    18
  • HTC One (M8) Lollipop
    12

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • HTC 10
    31
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    30
  • LG G5
    30
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    28
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    18
  • Huawei P9
    10

GFX 3.1 Car scene (offscreen)

Higher is better

  • HTC 10
    18
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    17
  • LG G5
    16
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    15
  • Huawei P9
    6.5

Running the GPU test on the native 1440p resolution takes a serious toll on framerates, but they remain flagship-grade. The Mi 5, which has the same GPU but runs on 1080p, expectedly does better here.

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 6s
    53.6
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    43
  • HTC 10
    28
  • LG G5
    28
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    27
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    25
  • HTC One M9
    24
  • Huawei P9
    19
  • HTC One (M8) Lollipop
    13

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    29
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    19
  • HTC 10
    15
  • LG G5
    15
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    15
  • Huawei P9
    11

GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    17
  • HTC 10
    9.9
  • LG G5
    8.8
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    7.9
  • Huawei P9
    7.1

In the BaseMark X GPU test the HTC 10 scores on par with its chipset sibling - the LG G5.

Basemark X

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    33110
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    32345
  • LG G5
    29456
  • HTC 10
    28882
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    23923
  • HTC One M9
    19848
  • Huawei P9
    16942
  • HTC One (M8) Lollipop
    12257

The HTC 10 scores speak for themselves - the new flagship delivers a stellar performance, and we expected nothing less from a Snapdragon 820 smartphone. The chip is sure to serve the HTC 10 hassle-free for the years to come.

Opening apps, loading games, switching between social apps, games, and productivity apps are all tasks that the HTC 10 is able to do very well with minimal stuttering. The fluidness of the HTC 10 reminds us this is how a smartphone should behave.

Internal storage performance

The HTC 10 uses the more conventional Embedded Multi-Media Controller (eMMC) 5.1 NAND memory, which, when compared to Samsung’s Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.1 NAND, is significantly lower in read/write performance than the newer UFS 2.1 standard of flash memory. The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and the LG G5 both use this UFS memory.

We ran the popular memory Benchmark AndroBench in order to find out just how the three flagships compare in 4 different memory tests: Sequential read (which measures the speed of reading a single file), sequential write (measures the speed of a single file being saved onto the memory), random read (speed of memory when reading data from multiple locations at once), and random write (speed of writing to multiple locations at once).

These tests help to determine how the phones might perform under certain conditions and explains why a phone often slows down when there are too many background processes performing work all at once.

Sequential Read, MB/s

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    431.13
  • LG G5
    408.22
  • HTC 10
    241.95

These sequential read numbers clearly show how much faster the new UFS memory technology is when compared to the eMMC 5.1 standard found in the HTC 10. The HTC 10 yielded 44% slower results than the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge did in this regard.

Sequential Write, MB/s

Higher is better

  • LG G5
    156.4
  • HTC 10
    109.75
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    89.83

The HTC 10 runs right in the middle of the other two flagships in the sequential writing test. The highest scoring device in this category was the LG G5 at 156.4 MB/s and the lowest was the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge at 89.83 MB/s. Sequential writing is performed when transferring a file from one folder to another, for instance.

Random Read, MB/s

MB/s, Higher is better

  • LG G5
    123.0
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    86.12
  • HTC 10
    30.25

In the random read test, the HTC 10 performed much slower than the other two flagship devices. While random performance is dependent on a number of factors, the phone would still be significantly faster if it had UFS type storage instead of eMMC. The random reading speed of the HTC 10 was 30.25 MB/s while the LG G5 and Galaxy S7 edge both scored 123 MB/s and 86.12 MB/s, respectively.

Random Write, MB/s

MB/s, Higher is better

  • LG G5
    16.77
  • HTC 10
    15.39
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    12.15

The HTC 10 came up second in the random write speed tests. However, these flagships are pretty close to each other when it comes to this test.

We wouldn’t want our readers to get the wrong message. The HTC 10 is still blazing fast in every day performance. UI, launching apps, and such are all still exceedingly snappy for day to day. However, we just want you to know that if you really did want to get a phone that works faster in this aspect, you have a couple of other choices.

Reader comments

  • saul

Same, even with the battery fast drain problem

  • Noa

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I really miss small phones, like 5-5.3 inches. These htc 10's used are now 100-150 euros that's dirt cheap for what this has to offer, but the sunlight legibility in the review is just so bad that's maybe the major thing that keeps me from getting t...