One could argue that the HTC 10 is the most unique device since the HTC One M7. The two models in between, M8 and M9, are pretty much alike. Actually, even the M7 is pretty similar to its two subsequent successors.
What all four HTC flagships have in common is their incredible durability. Users can skip the phone cover and tempered glass altogether, and not worry that any one of these devices would be unusable after a few drops.
We don’t yet know for the HTC 10, because its rating hasn’t been released, but another commonality between the HTC One M9, HTC One M8, and HTC One M7 (aka HTC One) is how much of a mess it is to fix any one of them. Their outer shell won’t cave, but what if one of their internal components requires fixing?
According to the iFixit, which tests and rates devices based on how easy and cost-effective it is to repair them, the HTC One flagships are at the bottom of its rankings with the worst scores, next to the first Apple iPhone.
Repairability scores are given from a scale of 1 to 10. Those that score 1 are the most difficult to repair and those with 10 are the easiest. So far only one device – the Fairphone 2 – scores a 10, and the same can be said for the other end of the scale. The HTC One M7 is the only device to score a 1.
Given that both the M8 and M9 are tied at 2 out of 10, things aren’t looking too well for owners of the HTC 10. It may have a remarkably improved pair of cameras and much greater battery life, plus it’s the first HTC flagship to sport a fingerprint sensor.
But does it have an easier interior construct to deal with in the event that an internal component repair would be required?