700 bucks for a not-so-successful Android Marshmallow-powered smartphone originally released way back in May? HTC would have to be delusional to still charge that for its latest (own-brand) flagship model, especially now with the “made by Google” Pixels in the equation.
But while the HTC 10’s list price is stuck at a prohibitive $699 on the manufacturer’s US website, “limited-time” deals have started to pile up and feel like the norm rather than actual rare exceptions.
Once again, HTC extends the $150 markdown through Sunday, October 16 (at the very least), alternatively bundling your choice of a “free” Desire 626/626s, Desire 530 low-end handhelds, or the RE action camera with the $700 HTC 10 in unlocked, T-Mobile, Verizon or Sprint-specific form.
Which of the two deals is better? Technically, the 2-for-1 package, as long as you opt for a $180 Desire-series phone and, well, can actually use that too. But the single-device $550 bargain isn’t half bad either, looking like a decent backup for Galaxy Note 7 owners forced to abandon the ill-fated phablet, and no longer willing to stick with Samsung.
Remember, this is still an extremely solid, arguably fashionable 5.2-incher endowed with Quad HD screen resolution, Snapdragon 820 processing power, 4GB RAM, fairly proficient 12 and 5MP cameras, spacious 3000mAh battery, fingerprint sensor, 32GB expandable storage, and soon to be upgraded to Android Nougat.