With a brilliant metallic design and top-of-the-shelf configurations, the new HTC 10 smartphone is a true competitor to high-end flagships released thus far. Samsung’s powerful 2016 flagship Galaxy S7, on the other hand, has already shown its strength in the benchmark tests and it is now available for purchase across the globe.

Hence, it’s time to pit the HTC 10 against Galaxy S7 to understand the key differences and similarities between the devices.

HTC 10 vs. Galaxy S7: Price, Release Date

The HTC 10 will be made available for $699 in the U.S., Gadgets 360 noted. HTC will start the shipping process sometime in May. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S7 can now be purchased for $694 via AT&T.

It’s worth noting that AT&T will not be selling the HTC 10 in the U.S., while other major carriers will be listing the device for preorder soon, Phone Arena noted.

Display, Hardware, Software

The HTC 10 features a 5.2-inch Super LCD5 display, while the Galaxy S7 comes with a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED screen. Both carry the same 1,440 x 2,560 pixels QHD resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 panel protection.

Under the hood, the handsets are powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 820 chipset and backed by the same 4 GB of RAM. The devices come equipped with 32 GB and 64 GB of built-in storage capacity. To top it off, both the handsets support microSD card to facilitate memory expansion of up to 200 GB.

On the software front, the S7 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, while the HTC 10 runs Android 6.0.1 straight out of the box. In addition, Samsung makes use of TouchWiz UI, whereas HTC utilizes its own Sense UI on top of Marshmallow.

 Camera, Battery, Connectivity

The HTC 10 and Galaxy S7 sport the same 5-megapixel front-facing shooter for selfies and video chats. Technically, both flaunt the same 12-megapixel rear-facing camera unit. However, the difference is — HTC makes use of UltraPixel sensor.

The main camera of both HTC and Samsung phones supports OIS and laser autofocus. The HTC 10 has an advantage over the Samsung device as the selfie-clicker of HTC 10 supports OIS and laser autofocus, unlike any other flagship.

Hence, it goes without saying that the HTC 10 has the “world’s first OIS selfie camera.” To top it off, the HTC handset comes with a dual-tone LED flash, whereas the Samsung handset settles for regular LED flash.

Interestingly, both HTC 10 and Galaxy S7 house the same Li-Ion 3,000 mAh non-removable battery unit on board. Although both the phones support rapid charging feature, there is a subtle difference between the two. HTC has made use of the latest Quick Charge 3.0 technology, whereas the Samsung device settles for Quick Charge 2.0. While Galaxy S7 supports wireless charging option, the HTC 10 doesn’t.

Apart from the standard connectivity options, the HTC 10 supports Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, while the Galaxy S7 doesn’t. The Samsung device is IP 68 certified, which protects the flagship from dust and water, whereas HTC has no such feature onboard.