Poll: HTC 10 vs OnePlus 3 – metal-clad, snappy Android phones with no gimmicks about them – which do you prefer?

In 2016, the smartphone market is so saturated that anyone who hopes to stick out from the crowd has started exploring different features and functions, often bordering with pure gimmickry. Samsung has the Edge screens, S Pen and feature-rich TouchWiz; LG has the split-in-two G5 with different modules, the “friends” accessories, and the weird normal camera / wide angle camera choice, which the manufacturer still isn't sure if it should stick on the selfie cam or main snapper of its devices; and even Apple has the 3D Touch, Live Photos, and who-knows-what-else, if the Smart Connector seen on some iPhone 7 leaks turns out to be true.

At this point, if you look at the top-tier handsets, it looks like the ones that don't try anything fancy, but just want to be solid, stable smartphones, stick out the most. And, as you've probably guessed by the title of the poll, we can't ignore the similarities between HTC's 10 and the OnePlus 3. Both are metal-clad warriors, both loaded with pretty light, near-stock Android 6 skins, both ignore all gimmickry and focus on just being a solid, dependable smartphone. Of course, the OnePlus 3 has the benefit of a lower price-tag, but is that enough to beat HTC's recognizability and solid following? Let us know what you think.

If the choice was down to buying one of these two phones, which one would you get?

OnePlus 3
HTC 10

Related phones

  • Display 5.2" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(27h 3G talk time)
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh



1. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

My Exynos S7 rooted with Renovated Rom and Siyah thunder Kernel overclocked 2.7Ghz Mongoose and A53 at 2.1ghz is much faster and snappier than those 2 and even Nexus devices.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

a good way to reduce hours of battery life for split second faster performance.. congratulations..

7. RajRicardo

Posts: 490; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

I've tested the same Kernel and noticed no battery life drops. Also the SD820 versions of S7 has poor battery life compared to the Exynos variants.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

When you use your phone under load or with browsers like chrome, you will see a faster drop in battery due to higher frequencies. With basic tasks, it'll likely be a bit better, so it balances out in the end I guess. I See a lot of potential in the OP3 for battery. It has strong usage times (except for web maybe), and the standby is so-so. Standby can be increase far more and far easier than usage times (except for web, especially on AMOLED). Just wait till I get my hands on one of these...


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Exactly. I laugh at those who overclock their already overpowered phones. Personally, I'm gonna go OnePlus 3 or Moto Z Play (pending battery life, build quality, and camera reviews). I plan to install a custom kernel just so I can undervolt and moderately underclock the OP3 in order to get even better battery and maintain performance.

9. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

I always carry a powerbank. Makes no difference, and I get 2500Mah with the credit card size powebank. Not a split second faster, but everything is twice as fast.

25. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Nowadays split second = twice fatster

29. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

When something can be done in 1 sec on not overclocked device if you do it twice faster its 0.5 sec gain so yeah its split second faster.

42. Shocky unregistered

You don't know what you're talking about.

6. Shocky unregistered

Overclocking phones is retarded. Other than benchmarks it's pointless, once the throttling kicks in it makes no difference, it will only accelerate throttling and make the performance degrade faster.

13. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

No throttle on my S7 at all. The Kernel is capable of taking the Gpu upto 1000mhz from 520mhz as standard. And also because you believe it will throttle, it won't I have even took the voltages up by twice the peak. That's why I carry a powerbank always, because the battery drain twice as fast. The Cpu is drawing 12watts of power.

30. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Amroze you just lost all credibility. the S7 exynos throttle at normal clock speed after 15 min of gaming. You say its dont if you push it even harder lol.

41. Shocky unregistered

Exynos 8890 throttles at stock but your phone doesn't even when overclocked, only in your dreams. I hate to agree with marorun but he's right,

16. MrLove

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 05, 2016

Samesung fanboy spotted. Take your Samesung fanboyism somewhere else.

19. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016


28. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Overclocking also lower SOC life.

2. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1247; Member since: Jan 24, 2012


14. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

No prize for you.

3. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Htc is doomed without the help of mainland China and that's the fact. Oneplus 3 win period

31. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

HTC is superior in all aspect beside price..

47. Shocky unregistered

Yes, except for. 6GB RAM 64GB Internal Storage UFS 2.0 Fingerprint scanner. Better on-screen performance AMOLED Display

51. ozzzy

Posts: 18; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

64GB but without SD card slot? Inferior, considering that HTC 10 can use card as internal space. So, invalid point. HTC 10 also has fast and accurate fingerprint scanner, so again, invalid point. Better on-screen performance? Yeah right... AMOLED? Who cares about that...I prefer LCD, and the screen on the 10 is like AMOLED anyway, with pretty deep blacks, so I'm satisfied. And there is no burn in like on AMOLED. :)

52. Shocky unregistered

64GB internal is greater then 32GB internal, fact. OnePlus 3 fingerprint scanner is the fastest on the market, fact. 1080p vs 1440p display, on-screen performance is much better on the OnePlus 3, fact. 6GB > 4GB, fact. AMOLED > LCD, fact. UFS 2.0 > emmc 5.1, fact. Nothing to dispute there.

53. ozzzy

Posts: 18; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Yeah, and when you fill those 64GB with 4K videos, and other stuff, then what? HTC 10 can have almost 300GB and more of space, so NO, OP3 is inferior here. Wow, OP3 fingerprint scanner is faster for like what? 0.01? It is not advantage in any way...grow up. About on-screen performance, it's not much better, and display on the 10 is much more sharper. About ram, yeah, but who needs more than 4GB in the next 2 years? So, it's more of a marketing thing. About screen, I prefer LCD, so I do not see any advantage here.

5. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

I think HTC has a more recognizable brand. Both companies have left a negative taste in customers mouths as far as reputation goes in the past. I'd rather have Sense over Oxygen.

10. Shocky unregistered

OnePlus 3 64GB internal storage, 6GB RAM and a 5.5" AMOLED display, super fast fingerprint scanner and it costs less HTC 10? Good phone, but for the price premium what does it really offer? The camera technically should be better, the display has a higher resolution but at 5.2 inches who gives a crap. sdcard I've lived without now for three years and don't miss it, 64GB is enough for most users.

32. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

64 gb internal i give thats one. 6 gb of ram = useless i have a LG G5 with 4 gb and i have yet to see an app reload. 5.5 amoled display sure but at 1080p its a bit on the low end if its would be 5 inch would be better. Super fast fingerprint scanner ( HTC 10 is also super fast ) The Camera is better , the display thats question of taste. SD card well its not because you dont need it thats other dont so thats irrelevent. Also your one plus 3 you drop it one time and crack the screen and its over its wont work. HTC 10 you drop it and its wont even break they had to drop it more than 50 time in a drop test for it to break lol and even so its worked anyway.

43. Shocky unregistered

6GB useless? Maybe, still nice to have though. With the update from OnePlus there is no danger of any apps being closed, that's for sure. 1080p is fine for a 5.5" display, looks stunning to me with no signs of any individual pixels. It was a the right choice, being AMOLED is also a huge bonus. OnePlus 3's lack of bloat is impressive, I've installed loads of apps/games and still have 52GB free, that's how it should be. sdcard slot just isn't needed, even if the phone had one I doubt I would ever use it.

54. ozzzy

Posts: 18; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Yup, 6GB is useless, even 3GB is enough for the next 2 years. When you would need more than 4GB, you would switch phone anyway till then. 1080p on a 5.5" is not premium, nor stunning, nor super sharp...it is just fine, nothing more, nothing less. For today standards, it is mediocre. SDcard is needed for many that likes to store 4K videos, movies, music, games, etc. So, all in all, OP3 is not better..HTC 10 is, and that is why it is more expensive. It has higher resolution, better camera, better battery life, better audio, SD card support, faster updates, and more stable overall. OP3 is cheaper, but with so many shortcomings, it is justified.

36. Alter

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

I'm intrigued by this poll because of all the phones released so far this year, these 2 are at the top of my list and I plan to buy a new phone in the next 5 months. However, I find myself more drawn to the OnePlus 3 for a lot of the reasons Shocky mentioned. Not only does it have more storage but it is faster (UFS 2.0 vs eMMC). The HTC 10 has better audio capabilities which is a big positive but the OP3 has greater developer potential. I would be happy with either phone.

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