Founded six years ago, the Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is now one of the highly popular smartphone makers across the globe. The company spent its earlier founding years in competing with other Chinese manufacturers in the market. However, now Xiaomi has presence in several key markets across the globe including India. The company now gives head to head competition to the old international brands like Samsung and HTC. The brand’s latest flagship, the Xiaomi Mi 5 has just been launched in the Indian market with mouth-watering specs at a budget-friendly price tag.
Talking about the comparison, the Xiaomi Mi 5 currently gives a strong competition to the latest Samsung flagships – the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. The phone will soon be competing against the latest HTC flagship, the 10, which will be unveiled on April 12th. To find out how the Xiaomi Mi 5 and HTC M10 will stand against each other, let’s put them on the table and compare their specs.
Xiaomi Mi 5 vs HTC M10: Android flagships compared
Design-Talking about the design first, the Xiaomi Mi 5 offers an ergonomically-designed 3D glass body. The phone has a layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass on both the front and back. There’s a fingerprint sensor embedded into the home button of the smartphone. It measures 7.2mm around the waist, and tips the scale at just 139 grams. The HTC M10 on the other hand will sport a full metal design with chamfered edges on the front and back. It will also pack water- and dust-resistance, BoomSound speakers for immersive media experience and a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button. On the designing front, the Xiaomi Mi 5 and M10 will impress users with different design taste.
Display and OS-The Xiaomi Mi 5 flaunts a 5.15-inch full HD curved glass display. The company has ditched the quad-HD screen panel in order to deliver better battery performance on the Mi 5. The phone is equipped with the brand’s sunlight display tech, which delivers better readability in outdoors. It also delivers deeper blacks and rich picture quality thanks to the high contrast ratio of 1400:1 and pixel density of 428 pixels per inch.
The HTC 10 on the other hand is expected to flaunt a 5.1-inch quad-HD AMOLED display. It will certainly offer sharper and clearer images and better media viewing experience than the Mi 5 thanks to higher pixel density of 576ppi. Software-wise, the Mi 5 runs Android Marshmallow-based MIUI 7, while the HTC M10 will run Android Marshmallow with Sense 8 UI on top.
Configuration-The Xiaomi Mi 5 is powered by a 64-bit 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, coupled with 3-gigs of RAM. The phone comes in 32GB and 64GB internal memory variants. It is one of the most powerful smartphones in its price range. The HTC M10 is also expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, but will be packing in higher 4-gigs of RAM. Storage capacity on the M10 will be 32GB, which the users will be able to further expand by inserting a microSD card. So in the configuration section, the Xiaomi Mi 5 and HTC M10 offer not so different features.
Camera-The Mi 5 is loaded with a 16-megapixel primary snapper with features like phase detection autofocus (PDAF), a dual-tone LED flash, four-axis optical image stabilisation, 4K video recording support, Spectra image sensor and DTI pixel isolation technology. For selfies and video-calling purposes, it is equipped with a 4-UltraPixel front snapper. The HTC 10 is expected to pack in a 12-megapixel UltraPixel primary camera sensor with a dual-tone LED flash, laser-assisted phase detection autofocus, OIS, f/1.9 aperture and 4K video recording. For self-portraits, this one will offer a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper.
The HTC M10 looks better than the Mi 5 on the paper in the camera department, but we’ll have to wait for the phone to launch to provide you a clear image on the matter.
Connectivity and battery-In terms of connectivity, the Xiaomi Mi 5 gets a reversible USB Type-C port, 4G LTE support with VoLTE, dual-SIM slots, Bluetooth 4.1 and A-GPS. The HTC M10 is also expected offer the same connectivity options as the Mi 5. As for the battery the Mi 5 packs in a 3,000 unit and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging technology. The HTC 10 is also expected to pack in a 3,000mAh battery, and there’s no doubt that HTC will be packing in Quick Charge 3.0 tech in its flagship too. So in the connectivity and battery department, the Mi 5 and M10 offer the same features.
Conclusion-The HTC M10 and Xiaomi Mi 5 are certainly among the best flagship Android smartphones on the planet. The Mi 5 sports a full HD display, a powerful processor, decent configuration, quality camera capabilities, and a large battery. The HTC M10 is also expected to offer the same processor as the Mi 5, but is expected to arrive with water- and dust-resistance, better audio experience, a crispier display, and a full metal design. As for the pricing, while the HTC M10 is expected to cost between Rs 45,000 and Rs 50,000, the Mi 5 is a budget-friendly device priced at just Rs 24,999. So, are you going for the Mi 5, or waiting for the HTC M10 to launch in the country? Share your views in the comments section.