HTC had been marketing its purported flagship quite aggressively. From endless Twitter sprees to waves of Facebook teases, the company built up the hype to the heavily anticipated HTC 10. To add to that, a smorgasbord of leaks, rumours, and speculations have surrounded the handset, which actually brought it worldwide recognition even before it was unveiled. Now, the company has finally launched its flagship. But the question still remains: how far a leap is it from the company’s previous flagship, the One M9?

First off, the HTC 10 is a flagship-grade handset through and through. It comes with powerhouse hardware specifications to compete against other handsets in the same range including the Samsung Galaxy S7 variants, LG’s G5, Huawei’s P9, and a bevy of flagships from other companies as well. Inside the handset, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset along with 4GB of RAM to help it plow through even the most intensive apps. 32GB and 64GB are the internal storage options, both of which can also be expanded through the use of a microSD card slot.

There’s a 5.2-inch display with a whopping resolution of 1440 x 2560. Furthermore, it’s also a Super LCD 5 with a curved edge Gorilla Glass, giving it both style and durability. The company also harkens back to the Ultra Pixel technology and equips the HTC 10 with 12MP primary snapper with OIS and laser autofocus. There’s also a 5MP camera with OIS on the front end of the device.

In contrast, the HTC One M9 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset along with 3GB of RAM. Its display is at a flat 5-inch, and it’s a Super LCD 3 panel. The camera hardware is a 20MP non-Ultra Pixel primary shooter and a 4MP Ultra Pixel selfie snapper. It only comes with 32GB of internal storage, but it’s also expandable via microSD card slot.

Naturally, the HTC 10 is a generation ahead of the One M9, but that doesn’t mean that last year’s model is now a pushover. It can still go the distance, but the company’s latest flagship is set to deliver more in terms of specifications and features.