After all the hype, the HTC 10 is finally here and it is fascinating to say the least. With a completely chamfered metal unibody, HTC 10 is the company's latest flagship smartphone.
But, India has a lot less to rejoice about. Unfortunately and apparently, we are getting the HTC 10 'Lifestyle' edition and not the standard one. This means a big downgrade in terms of memory, processor, storage and even connectivity speeds.
Here are the pros and cons of the HTC 10 Lifestyle edition that is launching in India in the later part of 2016.
5.2-inch Quad HD display
The HTC 10 Lifestyle sports a decent 5.2-inch display that is mostly the norm with Android flagships these days. QHD is four times the definition of standard HD.
That means you can fit the same number of pixels as four HD displays into a QHD display of the same size. A 5.2-inch QHD display has a pixel density of 565 ppi. For comparison, the pixel density of a 5.2-inch Full HD screen is 441 ppi.
A metal unibody
As was previously seen in the renders that leaked, the HTC 10 is a complete overhaul from the previous One M8 and One M9 flagship devices from HTC. It has a metal unibody and the design is expected to have been borrowed from various OEMs. Some reports revealed that the company is worked on a whole new refreshing design coming out of their traditional philosophy.
USB Type-C Port
With the world moving towards this new technology for charging and data syncing, it is but natural for HTC to finally incorporate the USB Type-C port on their upcoming flagship smartphone, the HTC 10.
With a reversible connector and fast charging support, the port will help offer better battery performance during regular daily usage.
Shunning the boring White and Black color options, HTC has gone ahead and added two new colors for the HTC 10 launch - Camelia Red and Topaz Gold, along with the usual.
Aiming to reach a wider audience with this new addition, the two colors are glossy and will add a certain luster to the overall look and feel of the device.
A superb 12MP camera
HTC has always been known to experiment with the camera sensors on their latest flagships but 2016 is completely different. The HTC 10 sports a 12MP camera sensor, the same camera as on the Galaxy S7. An Ultapixel 2 sensor, Laser Autofocus and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), backs the rear camera module. Apart from that, the front of HTC 10 has a sensor that supports dual-OIS, which is quite cool.
Snapdragon 652 chipset
While the standard HTC 10 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 flagship processor, the Lifestyle model sadly gets the Snapdragon 652 variant. Although, the difference in real world performance is not that great, using a flagship chipset gives a much better marketing point, especially in the Indian market, where value for money is key.
3GB of RAM
Another shocking aspect of the Lifestyle edition coming to India is the fact that it is has just 3GB of RAM. That amount of RAM in a flagship smartphone-that will cost around 40-50k-is unacceptable and pretty much a sin here in India, just due to the fact stated in the previous point.
Only the 32GB storage variant
The standard HTC 10 has two options for internal storage - 32GB and 64GB. The Lifestyle, on the other hand, only offers the 32GB variant. No need to panic though; there's a microSD card slot to expand your storage upto 2TB via external support.
Slower 4G connectivity
Another painstaking downgrade with the HTC Lifestyle edition is that it oddly has slower 4G connectivity speeds compared to the original version. As opposed to the HTC 10's Cat.9 (450Mbps down, 50Mbps up), the 10 Lifestyle only gets Cat.6 (300Mbps/50Mbps). This upgrade is inevitable due to the difference in chipset.