While HTC released the new flagship HTC 10 for the UK and the US, other markets such as India, China and Myanmar get the HTC 10 Lifestyle as the variant sold. While the phones are largely similar, they still have differences. Most of these have led to an uproar by HTC fans in these markets who were eagerly expecting to buy the flagship version of the HTC 10 as is available in the US and Europe. So, what does the Lifestyle have or not have that is in the HTC 10?
The HTC 10 Lifestyle was announced in April of 2016 and weighs 161 grams as is with the HTC 10. It also has a 5.2 inch screen and uses a nano SIM. The display of the Lifestyle is also at 2560 by 1440 pixels with a density of 565. It is multi touch and has Corning Gorilla Glass 4. So far, all these features are also present in the HTC 10.
It also has a fingerprint sensor that is capacitive rather than physical making it more efficient and long lasting. This sensor replaces the front speakers which are moved to the back of the device.
Camera, USB, Charging and battery life
The camera in the HTC 10 lifestyle is 12 MP and f/1.8 lens. It has been improved to 1.55 um pixels which distributes pixels better yielding sharper photos. In addition to this, the camera is able to take better photos in low light environments. The front facing camera which has laser focus is great for taking selfies and has 5 MP. The laser focus also enables the primary camera to take speedy photos.
The HTC Lifestyle 10 has Quick Charge 3.0 which enables the phone to get some considerable juice in a short time span. The USB Type-C port, the latest in the market is also present on this phone as it is in the HTC 10. The battery lives of the two are also similar at 3000 mAh.
The differences brought by the HTC 10 Lifestyle
The differences in the two are very significant. The HTC 10 Lifestyle runs on the Snapdragon 652 chipset in comparison to the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor in the HTC 10. While the Snapdragon 652 Chipset works just fine, it definitely does not compare to the Snapdragon 820.
Functions are therefore significantly different making the experience different for users in the two markets. The HTC 10 Lifestyle also comes in a 32 GB variant only as opposed to the HTC 10 which has the 32 and 64 GB variants. Both still offer expandable memory through a micro SD slot.
Users in the Asian markets such as China and India are appalled that they have to use a lower version of the HTC 10 under the guise that it is the same flagship as that in the UK and the US. The biggest issue has been the variance in the processor used for the different phones. Users are of the opinion that: If they get to use a phone that has anything less than what the HTC 10 has to offer, then it better be significantly cheaper in their market. Otherwise, most of the users have expressed their distaste and that they would prefer to go for the Galaxy S7 if the price is not that different.