HTC Announces Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyleby Joshua Ho on September 20, 2016 3:00 AM EST
As the holidays approach, OEMs often refresh their device portfolio to make sure that they put their best foot forward as a significant proportion of sales occur towards the end of the year. Today HTC is refreshing their mid-range with the Desire 10. The Desire 10 Pro is the higher-end variant and fits somewhere around the Desire 830, while the Desire 10 Lifestyle is closer to something like the Desire 826. To see what I mean we can take a look at the specs below.
|HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle||HTC Desire 10 Pro|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
4x A7 1.6 GHz
|MediaTek Helio P10
|NAND||16/32GB NAND + microSD||32/64GB NAND + microSD|
|Network||2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 4 LTE)||2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 6 LTE)|
|Dimensions||156.9 x 76.9 x 7.7mm, 155g||156.5 x 76 x 7.86mm, 165g|
|Camera||13MP Rear Facing f/2.2||20MP Rear Facing f/2.2, 1.12µm, 1/2.4" (Toshiba T4KA7)|
|5MP Front Facing, f/2.2||13MP Front Facing, f/2.2|
|Battery||2700 mAh (10.4 Whr)||3000 mAh (11.55 Whr)|
|OS||Android 6 w/ HTC Sense
|Android 6 w/ HTC Sense
For the most part the Desire 10s are both mainly interesting due to the use of stereo external speakers similar to the HTC 10. HTC is also claiming similar levels of sound quality on the 3.5mm output which is likely to differentiate it from competitors on the market. The Desire 10 Pro uses a MediaTek Helio P10 SoC which should be ok if it’s below 300 USD, but the Desire 10 Lifestyle is targeted to be somewhere around 250 GBP with a Snapdragon 400 which doesn’t really seem to be enough SoC for the target price. The Desire 10 Pro is going to be more expensive than that, which suggests that the value proposition is not necessarily there.
Putting aside value for SoC, HTC is attempting to differentiate with the use of better audio, better design, and things like laser autofocus for the camera. With the audio experience, design, and AF system of the HTC 10 put in this mid-range device HTC is hoping to remain competitive against stiff competition from OEMs like Huawei and Xiaomi. The Desire 10 Lifestyle will be available by the end of September, and the Desire 10 Pro will be available in October. They will be available in Stone Black, Polar White, Royal Blue, and Valentine Lux.
Post Your CommentPlease log in or sign up to comment.
View All Comments
pdf - Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - linkThe branding is way off point here - giving a device the 'Pro' moniker but stuffing it with a MediaTek SOC is plain wrong IMO.
weilin - Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - linkpossibly, but look at the hardware, 4x A7s vs 8x A53s. the MediaTek SOC is definitely the higher performing one. Also, Cat4 vs Cat6 LTE...
The way I see it, it's not so much why is the Pro using an MediaTek SOC as it's why is the Lifestyle using such an ancient Qualcomm SOC...
brucethemoose - Sunday, September 25, 2016 - linkThe worst part is the "10" branding.
HTC finally simplified their high end smartphone branding, then they just went and muddied it up again.
nightbringer57 - Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - link250 GBP?
The Lifestyle model looks more like a typical buffed-up 100€ smartphone, not a 350€ one. Maybe a bit more due to speaker and camera. But the pricing is way off.
yankeeDDL - Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - linkI really don't understand these smartphones anymore.
There are already so many decent/cheap 5.5" Android phones that are almost nearly identical and yet companies keep forking them out. How many people would by a 300usd 5.5" phones when there is the OnePlus3 for a similar price with the QS820 (just to name one)?
Amandtec - Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - linkAround where I live people don't choose phones, carriers choose phones and people select from the menu. So HTC goes to the carrier and says:
We can get you 100 000 of these mid range phones for price X if you don't stock our rivals. Around here carriers stock three brands - iPhone, Samsung and HTC. If I show someone my Xiaomi they think it comes from Mars. They also think I am deluded when I tell them it is a 'good phone'.
beginner99 - Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - linkDo you have a mi5? Are you happy with it? Considering to import it (EU and don't need band 20).
WithoutWeakness - Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - linkThis is very true. Most people I meet have no idea what my Nexus 6P is when they see it and have never heard of it. I'm always asked if it's the new Note phone. If it's not Apple, Samsung, or Motorola's Droid lineup then they'll never see it in a Verizon store and thus will never know about it. I tried to get my girlfriend to move to a Nexus 5X after she broke her Galaxy S5 but refused to buy a phone without holding it in the store first. She now owns a Galaxy S7.
mkozakewich - Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - linkI feel like there's a good chance someone will know what a Nexus is. When I was showing my Note II, I had the feeling people knew what it was (especially when I said "Galaxy").
Now I show people my Blu phone, and they're like, "Um... what's that?"
Notmyusualid - Thursday, September 22, 2016 - linkNot a million miles from the truth...
Just the other night I was telling the girls in the bar, "If you can name the model of this phone - I'll give it to ya." Yes, a bold statment indeed. They were falling over each other with "S5, no, Note 7, no its a J7!" Nobody got it.
Samsung A9 Pro 6 to be exact. And I'll have another Heineken thanks.
:) Groans all round....