The HTC 10 is headed to market, and with it, the leaks continue pouring in. The latest pertains to benchmarks, with the HTC 10 bringing us what appears to be an Antutu benchmark score on the handset (or so we believe).
The HTC 10 registers with an Antutu benchmark score of 156,091 points, well above the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge’s 134,599 points, the iPhone 6s with its 133,781 points, and the Xiaomi Mi 5’s 136,875 points. In other words, benchmarks alone tell us that the HTC 10 will be a beast and powerhouse of a phone when it’s launched in a few weeks. Apart from benchmark scoring, though, we get to see some of what the phone’s final release design will be. Like its predecessor, the HTC One M9, the HTC 10 (there’ll be no HTC One M10 moniker this time) will have the same white stripes across the back of a metal unibody handset.
You can also see the home button, which looks as though it’ll actually be a physical touch button instead of the capacitive sensor earlier photos presented. The color of the handset, silver, matches the latest HTC 10 photo leak we’ve seen from @evleaks on his Twitter page, confirming that this handset is indeed the HTC 10. At the same time, however, the presence of a black front panel to the HTC 10 shows that this is indeed a prototype of the device — with HTC possibly experimenting with the idea of a dual-tone or dual-color layout for the upcoming device. It did this with the One M9 (with gold and silver), so there may be an interesting color choice on the way,
At the same time, however, we continue to inform our readers that, while benchmarks are fun to see in theory, they are not indicative of how the handset will actually work. Benchmarks are no different than a stress test on a human with a heart problem. Sure, the stress test shows how far that person’s heart can be “stressed” before it can do little else, but patients in this state will hardly stress themselves and put that kind of physical exertion on their heart each day. Benchmarks, like stress tests, are useful, but only within a limited context. You can’t just “run the numbers” and presume you’ll get quality to match that Antutu score. Geekbench 3 is recommended over Antutu because it provides a more realistic score (in the small thousands instead of over 100,000 like this), though even Geekbench still falls under the same label as Antutu.
What all this tells us is that the HTC 10 will be one beast of a smartphone, but, as always, other things such as battery life (waiting to see how the 3,000mAh battery will perform), camera, display, and HTC’s unique software will matter far more. While hardware leaks always prove popular, we really wish new software features would leak alongside of the hardware. With hardware starting to look identical for many manufacturers, software’s about the only thing that stands out these days.