HTC has pulled the old trick of launching two devices with the same sort of name, but with very different specs.
The HTC Desire 10 is the latest addition to HTC’s mid-range. One of the distinctive things about the Desire 10 is the design, with gold trim framing the distinct colours, giving a contrast finish reminiscent of art deco classic design. HTC calls the Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle “the biggest leap since the original Desire.” The two phones feature matte plastic designs that take cues from the metallic edges of the HTC 10, coupled with “high mid-range” specs and features including a fingerprint reader (Desire 10 Pro) and Hi-Fi sound (Desire 10 Lifestyle).
But aside from the option for a “valentine lux” coloured handset these are two very different devices. So just what is the difference?
|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 up to 2TB||32/64GB NAND + microSD up to 2TB|
|Display||5.5-inch, Full HD (1080p) Super with Corning Gorilla Glass||5.5-inch, HD (720p) IPS LCD with Corning Gorilla Glass|
|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, 28mm
|20MP Rear facing, f/2.2, 27.8mm
|5MP Front Facing, f/2.2 33.7mm
|13MP Front Facing, f/2.2 27.8mm
|Battery||2700 mAh (10.4 Whr)||3000 mAh (11.55 Whr)|
|OS||Android 6 w/ HTC Sense
|Android 6 w/ HTC Sense
Apart from those specs mentioned above, there are some subtle differences. The HTC Desire 10 Pro measures 156.5 x 76 x 7.86mm and weighs 165g; the official specs for the Desire 10 Lifestyle read out as 156.9 x 76.9 x 7.7mm and weighs 155g. That’s 10g of weight, but an otherwise negligible difference in footprint. The Pro has a SIM and SD card tray released with a pin, the Lifestyle has a flap.
If you read the specs above you might be wondering which is better between Super LCD and IPS LCD? Well, long story short, both S-LCD and IPS are considered the best LCD displays. Both produce an experience worthy of a high end smartphone. Super LCD can be considered a close second to IPS and Super LCD is manufactured by Sony.
There are some key differences, however, as the Desire 10 Lifestyle offers BoomSound speakers, so there are speakers in the top of the display and base of the handset which are much more pronounced. The Lifestyle also offers a lanyard attachment point on the bottom. The Desire 10 Lifestyle has a slightly different design to accommodate the BoomSound speakers. BoomSound has been a massive hit for HTC and the latest iteration – BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition – carries on the stellar stereo performance.
On the Desire 10 Lifestyle, the headphone experience is boosted by the inclusion of a 24-bit DAC and Hi-Res Audio certification, as well as Dolby Audio. Plug in and you’ll be getting great audio. The HTC Desire 10 Pro has a mono speaker and lacks this boosted BoomSound performance.
The Desire 10 Pro fights back with boosted cameras. There’s a 20-megapixel sensor on the back, offering a f/2.2 lens and supported by laser autofocusing and a dual LED flash. There’s a 13-megapixel camera on the front, which offers a wide-angle selfie capture so you can fit all your friends in.
The Desire 10 Lifestyle has a 13-megapixel rear camera, also with f/2.2 lens. Less megapixels doesn’t necessarily mean lesser performance, although there’s no laser autofocus and only a single LED flash. The Desire 10 Lifestyle has 5-megapixel front camera.
Only the Desire 10 Pro features a fingerprint reader. At the price HTC will bring the Desire Lifestyle, lack of a fingerprint scanner just won’t cut it. But hey, at least it’s not like there is a scanner but they disabled it as a purely “business decision” right? (looking at you Sony)
The Desire 10 Pro is the phone that you want if you’re looking for the best specs and features. The Desire 10 Lifestyle is a cheaper option that redeems itself – to an extent – through the audio experience. If you’re looking for an affordable handset boasting superior audio performance, then the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle may well be it.
Both phones will be available in black, white, dark blue, and light blue. HTC isn’t very open when it comes to the price and availability of the Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle, although it’s most likely the duo will be released “internationally,” but not in the United States. The Desire 10 Lifestyle will arrive by the end of September, but the beefier HTC Desire 10 Pro doesn’t arrive until November. The missing part of this puzzle is price. We know that the Desire 10 Lifestyle will £249, but the Pro will cost more, priced between the Lifestyle and the HTC 10.
Let us know your thoughts on these two new devices? Tempted? or are they just.. meh ?