HTC 10 Lifestyle confirmed as downgraded Snapdragon 652, 3GB RAM version of flagship

With this morning’s launch of the HTC 10, we saw the culmination of weeks of rumors and leaks. And while that brought us one heck of a nice flagship smartphone, it also may have left you feeling just a bit underwhelmed, if only because the phone we got was very much the phone we were expecting; is there no room in the smartphone market for surprises anymore? As we learned about an HTC 10 that looked like a rehash of the past few weeks of leaks, we were starting to fear just that, when we remembered at least one big unanswered question hanging over this launch: what was that mysterious HTC 10 Lifestyle that first popped up on our radar yesterday? As it turns out, the answer to that also helps resolve another question tied to the HTC 10’s launch.

When sharing HTC’s official announcement of the HTC 10 with you, we noted how the company advised us that while the phone most of us would see was powered by the Snapdragon 820, there would also be a version with another Snapdragon chip under the hood. This alternate-silicon HTC 10 turns out to be none other than the HTC 10 Lifestyle.

Instead of an 820, the HTC 10 Lifestyle runs a Snapdragon 652, while also dropping from 4GB to 3GB of RAM.

As a result of that SoC-shift, there’s also a slight drop in maximum LTE radio throughput, but the majority of the HTC 10’s specs survive intact: the dual OIS cameras, hi-res audio, 32GB storage, 3000mAh battery with fast charging – it’s all here.

We know that India is looking forward to sales of the HTC 10 Lifestyle, but don’t yet have full details on all markets that might ultimately see the phone, nor what pricing will be like.

Source: HTC
Via: GSM Arena

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