Ever since the HTC 10 was first announced, we’ve known that there would potentially be two models, one dubbed the HTC 10, the other the HTC 10 Lifestyle. Based on our initial understanding, the Lifestyle would come to select markets, including India, as the only option for HTC fans. As you can imagine, there’s been a lot of anger over this decision — as well as a ton of confusion.
While HTC initially suggested the “HTC 10” for India would have a Snapdragon 652 and just 2GB RAM, lining it up with the expectations of the so-called Lifestyle model, the company quietly changed the “coming soon” listings for HTC India to mention a Snapdragon 820 processor as the main chip. Later HTC clarified that the “global HTC 10 model would be launching in India”, though they still didn’t comment on what chip this model featured. Was the 820 variant or the 652 variant considered the ‘global’ model by HTC’s definition? The good news is the dust has settled and we now have an answer as to what version of the HTC 10 will be available in India. Both.
At a special launch event in New Delhi today, HTC announced the impending arrival of a number of new HTC handsets in India, including the higher-end HTC 10 and its slightly less impressive “Lifestyle” variant.
As a refresher, the HTC 10 is powered by a Snapdragon 820 with 4GB RAM, and the HTC 10 Lifestyle has a Snapdragon 652 with 3GB RAM. Other specs, and the phone’s design, remain the same across the board with 32 or 64GB storage models with microSD for expansion. There’s also a 12MP UltraPixel camera on the rear, a 5MP UltraPixel cam on the front, and newly improved BoomSound audio. On the software front you get Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Sense 8.0.
In addition to bringing both the HTC 10 and 10 Lifestyle to India, HTC has also confirmed plans to offer a whole slew of Desire products including the HTC One X9, HTC Desire 628, HTC Desire 630, HTC Desire 825, and HTC Desire 830. HTC says the HTC 10 and 10 Lifestyle will go on sale starting June 5th, with the One X9 arriving June 20th. The arrival details for the rest of the new HTC lineup in India have yet to be confirmed.