Xiaomi introduced the power-packed Mi 5 in February this year. This device is now available for purchase via third-party vendors and global e-retailers.

HTC, on the other hand, launched the successor to One M9 very recently and it is expected to give tough competition to Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5 and Xiaomi Mi 5. In this post, we compare the price, specs and features of the Mi 5 and HTC 10.

Price, Preorder, Release Date

Starting with price, the 32GB model of HTC 10 will set buyers back by $699 in the U.S, but by using a promo code, buyers can avail $100 discount on the price, though for a limited period only.

The unlocked model is now available for preorder via HTC’s official website. The tech giant will start shipping the devices in May. Readers should note that AT&T will not sell this device and HTC will not sell the 64GB variant of HTC 10 in the U.S.

The 32GB Xiaomi Mi 5, on the other hand, can now be bought for $395.99 via international e-retailer Honor Buy. On top of the device cost, U.S. customers will have to shell out $19.50 for shipping charges.

Display, Hardware, Software

The HTC 10 comes with a 5.2-inch Super LCD5 display and 1,440 x 2,560 pixels resolution, while the Xiaomi Mi 5 features a 5.15-inch IPS LCD screen with 1,080 x 1,920 pixels resolution.

Under the hood, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset powers both devices. While HTC 10 is backed by 4GB RAM, the Xiaomi Mi 5 offers a choice of 3GB and 4GB, depending on the storage size.

The HTC 10 comes equipped with 32GB or 64GB of native storage choices, but as mentioned earlier, the 64GB variant will not be made available in the U.S. The Xiaomi handset, on the other hand, comes with 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options. However, not all e-retailers are offering all the variants.

While the HTC handset supports microSD card to facilitate memory expansion, Xiaomi devices in general do not support expandable storage and the Mi 5 is no exception. On the software front, Android Marshmallow runs both the devices with their respective custom UIs on top.

Camera, Battery

The Xiaomi Mi 5 sports a 4MP front-facing shooter, while the HTC 10 features a 5MP UltraPixel snapper. The main camera has a 16MP sensor in the Xiaomi device, whereas HTC has housed a 12MP UltraPixel unit in the rear. Both handsets support OIS and dual-LED flash.

The outstanding feature of the HTC flagship model is the addition of OIS support for the selfie-clicker at the front, making the HTC One M9 successor the handset with the “world’s first OIS selfie camera.”

Both HTC 10 and Xiaomi Mi 5 house 3,000 mAh non-removable battery units and Quick Charge 3.0 technology.

Additional Features

  • HTC offers a set of “high-res earphones” as part of the device bundle (applicable for U.S. customers), while Xiaomi doesn’t.
  • In addition to the standard connectivity options, both handsets support Type-C 1.0 reversible connector.
  • While the Xiaomi handset supports dual-SIM, HTC will apparently release a dual-SIM variant in some markets.
  • Both handsets come with fingerprint scanner onboard.