We put HTC’s latest flagship through the comparison ranks of another unannounced smartphone, the Moto X (2016)
HTC Corporation recently unveiled its 2016 flagship, HTC 10. The phone received applauds from different pundits and has been compared with a lot of current flagship smartphones. We think that the Taiwanese company has done justice to the phone by going back to its roots. The HTC 10 checks all the correct boxes and is sort of a jack of all trades and master of none.
We did a comparison of how HTC’s flagship would stand against the yet-to-be-announced OnePlus’s flagship, the OnePlus 3. It was an already available spec sheet against what the rumor mill generated for us. However, this time around we decided to pair the HTC 10 against the Motorola Moto X (2016), the fourth of its name. The current hype and rumors surrounding Motorola’s upcoming phone indicate a fourth-generation Moto G4 and a souped-up G4 Plus. According to Lenovo’s CEO, the new device by Motorola would launch on June 9.
HTC 10 has a 5.2-inch screen that utilizes Super LCD5 technology instead of the all-time favorite AMOLED. With a 2K display, it is capable of pushing out 565ppi. Motorola, on the other hand, switched from AMOLED to IPS LCD display after it became a part of Lenovo’s smartphone umbrella. There was also a shift from the display size of 5.2-inches in the 2nd generation Moto X, to 5.7 and 5.5-inches in the 3rd generation.
In 2015, Motorola introduced three devices instead of one under the Moto X brand name. These included the Moto X Pure, Moto X Play and Moto X Style. The only difference between Moto X Style and Pure was the availability of the device. The Moto X Play, however, housed a 5.5-inch display and a less powerful processor compared to the other two. For the fourth-generation Moto X, its looks like the company will go ahead with only two variants, bringing the display size to 5.5-inches and push the ppi count to 560-570 range.
Processor, RAM and Storage
HTC had to hit all the high notes and make sure that the HTC 10 had the latest processor. The HTC 10 boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 under the hood, with 4GB of RAM and 32/64GB storage options. To sweeten the deal, HTC also pitched in a microSD card slot so users can expand storage.
Motorola does the same with its flagship Moto X and stuffs its phones with latest industry specs. The Moto X 2015 or Moto X Style, however, had the hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 instead of the Snapdragon 810 probably because Motorola wanted to steer clear of the overheating issues that plagued the 810. With the Moto X (2016), we expect Motorola would fit it with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and increase the RAM to 4GB. Motorola still has to embrace a 4GB RAM smartphone and it might do so this year. Storage options would include a 32GB and a 64GB variant, along with a microSD card slot. Motorola might ditch the 16GB model.
HTC was criticized for a poor camera department. The UltraPixel technology that it so arduously designed failed to create a huge splash. Well, this time around, the company is back with UltraPixel 2 Technology with 12MP rear sensor and a 5MP front camera. Early reviews are positive; however it isn’t breaking any records here.
Motorola went all out with the Moto X 2015 and jumped to a 21MP rear sensor from a 13MP sensor in the Moto X 2014. Of course, increasing the megapixel count does not simply translate into excellent photography and the Moto X 2015 was a proof of that. The device failed to break any records and we think the team at Motorola learnt a lot from that. Hence, the Moto X (2016) might sport a 16MP rear sensor and focus on the aperture, and we do not think it would dabble in a dual-camera setup such as in the Huawei P9. The front camera on the Moto X (2016) would stay at 5MP.
Battery and Other Features
Standard battery specs for a 2016 flagship are 3,000mAh and more. HTC 10 touches the mark barely with a 3,000mAh battery, but Motorola might try to push things a bit further. The Moto X Play housed a 3,630mAh battery, while the Moto X Style had a 3,000mAh battery. We speculate that the Moto X (2016) would house a 3,500mAh battery — quite decent but nothing fancy.
In terms of other features, the HTC 10 sports a fingerprint sensor located on the home button along with USB Type-C for charging. The BoomSound technology is back supported with Dolby Audio. HTC 10 comes in three different color variants and the unlocked version is currently retailing for $699.
Moto X has yet to embrace fingerprint scanning technology and a leaked image of a prototype indicates that it might happen this time. The image shows a home button that is expected to house the fingerprint scanner.
IP52 certification was present on the Moto X 2015 variants and we think that the Moto X (2016) would come with an upgraded IP68 certification, which will make it dust proof and water resistant.
This year, Motorola might also adopt the USB Type-C technology in its Moto X variants. Given the prowess of the Moto Maker, Motorola’s customization tool, Moto X (2016) might be treated to the same number of color options and styles. The starting price of the Moto X Pure was $399, which has been marked down to $349. Hence, we expect the Moto X (2016) to be priced above $400.