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How The HTC X10 Can Eventually Outmatch Google Pixel

By Cameron , Dec 22, 2016 05:15 PM EST
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An online leak revealed that HTC appears to be preparing a Vive-branded smartphone. (Photo : HTC/YouTube)

Although expected for a January 2017 release, a complete list of the official specs and features of the HTC X10 is not yet published. Several leaks of the latest device suggest that it possesses characteristics that can overpower Google Pixel.  Check the comparison below.

Price

The HTC X10's retail price is said to be around $289. As for the Google Pixel, its price tags are $649 for its 32 GB model and $749 for its 128 GB model. Call me cheap, but I like the sound of a low-budget smartphone with great specs. This round goes to the HTC X10.

Design

There are no official specifications about the HTC X10's body dimensions and weight yet. However, we can assume that its size and weight will be similar of its predecessor, the HTC One X9 which has a body dimension of 6.06 x 2.99 x 0.31 inches and a body weight of 170 grams. On the other hand, the Google Pixel's body dimensions are 5.66 x 2.74 x 0.33 inches and weighs 143 grams.

Display

The HTC X10 features a 5.5 inch Super LCD capacitive touchscreen (16M colors) with a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and protected with unspecified corning gorilla glass. On the other hand, the Google Pixel features a 5.0 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen (16M colors) with a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and is protected with a corning gorilla glass 4. Yes, the Google Pixel has an AMOLED screen, but as a person who likes to play mobile games and watch movies (on the go), I would personally prefer a smartphone with a bigger screen. 

Platform

The HTC X10 will be running on Android OS v.6.0 (Marshmallow) and powered by a Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10 with a CPU of Octa-core (4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.0 GHz Cortex-A53) and Mali-T860MP2 for its GPU. As for the Google Pixel, it will run on Android OS v7.1 (Nougat) and powered by a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 with Quad-core (2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo) CPU and Adreno 530 for its GPU. Well, based on the OS and chipset alone, the Google Pixel is more powerful. 

For the internal memory storage, the HTC X10 features 3 GB of RAM for is 32 GB model. While the Google Pixel has two: 32 GB and 128 GB both with 4 GB of RAM. Though I hate smartphones that have a selection of internal storage models, I can't ignore the fact that the Google Pixel features a higher RAM storage. 

Camera

For its camera specs, the HTC X10 features a 13 MP rear camera and 8 MP for its front camera. And for the video, it shoots 2160p@30fps. On the other hand, the Google Pixel features a 12.3 MP rear camera and a 8 MP front snapper. For its video, it shoots 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, and 720p@240fps. This is a close match, but if we take into consideration its other camera features, the Google Pixel wins because it features 1/2.3" sensor size and 1.55µm pixel size on its rear camera alone.

Battery Performance

There is no information yet regarding the battery of the HTC X10, but we can expect that it will better than the HTC One X9. For the HTC One X9, it houses a non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery that lasts up to 15 hours of talk time and 40 hours of music play. As for the Google Pixel, it houses a non-removable Li-Ion 2770 mAh battery that lasts up to 26 hours of talk time and 110 hours of music play. Both devices seem to be impressive with their respective batteries.

Although the Google Pixel boasts more powerful specs and features (it is labeled as the world's finest phone of 2016 by some tech enthusiast), the HTC X10 is more reasonable and is only worth $289 unlike the former's expensive rate of $650.

Indeed, HTC X10 is a phone worth having and will surely deliver a great experience for its users.

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