We all know a recipe for a nice smartphone. It should be stuffed with a sharp display, powerful processor and high-quality optics. All those should be wrapped in a stylish design and tagged with an attractive price. Conscious of that mobile makers more and more often prove that such a phone isn’t just an imagination-born concept by releasing affordable good-looking smartphones. HTC is no exception here as they just announced two new phones, the Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle, that feature premium body and won’t harm your wallet.
HTC has just expanded the Desire family by two new devices, the Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle. Both come closed in an identical premium-looking body but differ significantly in terms of hardware.
After months of leaks and rumors we finally got the chance to see the debut of the Desire 10 new phones. Although both phones share quite similar name they have more disparities than common features. Except for a quite identical plastic design with metal finish deriving inspirations from Art Deco movement, both phones are completely different devices. The Desire 10 Pro is the more high-end one, while the Desire 10 Lifestyle is the more affordable offering.
Desire 10 Pro
To start from the beefier of the two, the Desire 10 Pro houses a massive 5.5-inch Full HD screen protected with Gorilla Glass so far of unspecified type and runs on MediaTek Helio P10 processor coupled with 4GB RAM, 64GB of built-in expandable storage and 4G LTE Cat. 6 modem. Although computing parameters are pretty decent, the phone’s designers put the biggest emphasis on its optics.
Being a photo-oriented device the Desire 10 Pro provides its users with a 20MP rear camera sporting laser autofocus, dual-LED flash, 27.8 mm-equivalent lens and f/2.2 aperture. In addition, the primary snapper comes accompanied by a selfie-friendly 13MP sensor incorporating the same lens and a 150-degree selfie panorama mode dedicated to group photos. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC, whereas the whole thing is kept alive by a 3,000 mAh battery.
Desire 10 Lifestyle
Moving on, the Desire 10 Lifestyle comes with some significant downgrades despite featuring the same body shell. The phone’s 5.5-inch display offers 720p of resolution, and the main camera is of the Desire 10 Pro selfie snapper parameters, whereas the front snapper is represented by a 5MP sensor. But the most noticeable difference is visible in the handset’s processor parameters, as it comes driven by a Snapdragon 400 unit which even Qualcomm considers a wearable-oriented chipset.
When it comes to RAM and ROM, the Desire 10 Lifestyle will be accessible in two variants: 2GB/16GB and 3GB/32GB. Unlike its more pricy sibling the phone doesn’t pack a fingerprint sensor and supports LTE Cat. 4 connectivity. Other connectivity options, just as in the case of the Desire 10 Pro, include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. What’s more, the phablet is also feed by a less powerful only 2,700 mAh battery.
So what both devices have in common? Except for an carbon-copy fancy design and similar names, they both work on HTC Sense built on the top of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and introduce a new interface concept. HTC resigned from the onscreen keys and replace them with navigation buttons set in the bottom bezel. This solution allowed for an unlimited customization. You can finally arrange your apps and widgets any way you want.
In terms of availability and pricing, the Desire 10 Pro and Lifestyle will be sold in a wide range of color options like: Stone Black, Polar White, Royal Blue, and Valentina Flux. All four variants will have the golden accents around the edges and back case. As for the market premiere date the Desire 10 Lifestyle is scheduled to hit retailers in September, meanwhile the Desire 10 Pro becomes available no sooner than in November. Although pricing and US debut details are still quite a mystery, the Desire 10 Lifestyle is rumored to cost something round $324.