HTC 10 launched, India to get downgraded Lifestyle version

The HTC 10 has been launched internationally, with India likely getting the downgraded Lifestyle variant of the flagship phone. The latter version has been listed on the company’s local website, though the brand is yet to confirm which one will be landing here.

The major difference between the two is that the HTC 10 runs on a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 820 processor and the Lifestyle version makes do with a Snapdragon 652 SoC. Samsung did something similar when it brought the Galaxy S7 to India, replacing the 820 chipset with its own Exynos one.

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If you’re not willing to settle for anything less than Qualcomm’s flagship CPU, you’d be better off considering the Xiaomi Mi 5. The HTC 10 Lifestyle additionally offers slower 4G speeds of Cat.6 (300Mbps/50Mbps), as opposed to the regular version’s Cat.9 (450Mbps/50Mbps). Furthermore, the lower specced model only gets 3GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM.

A quick summary of the specs HTC 10 Lifestyle:

– Display: 5.2-inch Super LCD 5, 2560 x 1440 pixels
– OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based HTC Sense
– CPU: 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 652
– Battery: 3000mAh
– Memory: 32GB, expandable till 2TB
– RAM: 3GB
– Camera: 12MP rear, 5MP front
– Weight: 161g
– Size: 145.9 x 71.9 x 3.0 – 9.0mm
– Connectivity: 4G, Wi-Fiac, Bluetooth, microUSB 2.0, GPS, GLONASS, NFC

On the other hand, the US version of the HTC 10 packs 4GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of ROM. The former is priced at $699.99 (roughly Rs 46500). The biggest highlights of the handset are its audio and photography capabilities. The first comes through via its separate tweeter and woofer speakers equipped with BoomSound Hi-Fi edition.

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Each speaker even comes with its own amplifiers. As for the second, the HTC device flaunts an all-new 12MP UltraPixel rear camera with an aperture of f/1.8, large 1.55 micron pixels, dual-LED flash, 4K video recording, laser autofocus, BSI, and OIS. The brand claims the phone’s 5MP front-facing unit is the first in the world to feature OIS and also offers an auto selfie mode.

We’ll keep you informed as and when more details about the India release of the HTC 10 Lifestyle are announced.