Mystery of the HTC 10 Lifestyle is solved, and yes, it is a phone

Mystery of the HTC 10 Lifestyle is solved, and yes, it is a phone
Yesterday, we told you that the HTC 10 Lifestyle name was found in the Exif data belonging to a picture snapped by the phone. In addition, a cached version of the HTC website in Vietnam revealed that there was a handset with that name. Our theory was that this would be a rugged version of the HTC 10, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S Active series.

As it turns out, the HTC 10 Lifestyle is indeed a new phone. It is the name being given to the version of HTC's new flagship model that will be offered in some parts of the world. The HTC 10 Lifestyle has the Snapdragon 652 chipset under the hood as opposed to the Snapdragon 820 SoC that powers the HTC 10 in the U.S.

In addition, the Lifestyle variant contains 3GB of RAM instead of the 4GB employed on the HTC 10. And instead of offering buyers the option of purchasing the phone with 32GB or 64GB of native storage (which are both available with the HTC 10), the Lifestyle variant is being sold only with 32GB of ROM inside. There is a 2TB capacity microSD slot, however, for those seeking more storage. And lastly, while the HTC 10 features Cat.9 LTE speed (450 Mbps down, 50 Mbps up), the HTC 10 Lifestyle supports Cat.6 LTE speed (300Mbps down, 50 Mbps up).

So there it is, the mystery of the HTC 10 Lifestyle has been solved. And for those of you in the states, you don't have to give it another thought.

source: GSMArena

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  • Display 5.2" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
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1. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

So, is this going to replace the 10 everywhere except the US? So technically... No "HTC 10" anywhere outside the States? Only the Lifestyle version?

4. perfectnine

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

Nope. EU and SEA seem to have the 820 variant. Only saw India with the 652 so far

5. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Oh good. That would have hurt their sales I'd think. Though India is no small market. I imagine it was simple supply and demand. Maybe not enough SD820 silicone to go around.

7. stanislav

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

India is big market only in low end phones.

6. tyrionTheWise unregistered

There are other countries too. I heard about Russia and Indonesia so far, maybe there are others. The thing that this product hinges on is pricing. It's pretty obvious to assume that the 652 will choke up pretty badly on a QHD screen. If HTC prices this over 450$, it's game over.

8. w1000i

Posts: 251; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

The price in the middle east is 640$ for 820 with 32GB

16. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

which country in middle east mate?

9. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

NOT, resolution has nothing to do with chocking these days. It just has to do with what will you do with you phone. If you are just gonna play hardcore 3d games, yes that maybe a problem, but most should not be. As for normal use, it has no issue at all. Actually, the 652 has a performance pretty close to the snappy 808, a bit weaker on the graphics side while biting it on the processor side. Anyway, it should actually be fine with it for normal day to day use with casual gaming and stuff. Maybe there are gonna price it a little lower for the regions with the 652 variant. BTW, the exynos

10. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

continuing, the exynos 7420 which also had to push QHD is actually weaker than the 652 on CPU bounded task, but its faster on the the graphics side. So, the 652 has no prob push QHD.

11. tyrionTheWise unregistered

It is not faster than the 7420 on any task. Let's get that out of the way. Secondly, SD808 based phones running QHD performed rather poorly last year. Even moto X pure running stock android had microstutters, let alone the G4. Anyway, performance isn't the only issue here. It also has 3GB LPDDR3 966 MHz instead of LPDDR4 1866 MHz on regular variant. All depends on the price. No one is paying over 450$ for this, since you can get an S6 at that price with a better processor.

19. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Since when did moto x pure stutters( except the usual android stutter here and there). If I am not mistaken, lots of devices used 808 with a QHD and I did not hear or see and stuttering catching anyone's eye. And again, it does not have any issue pushing QHD pixels, heck, even ultra books (laptops) with weaker GPUs have been push QHD+ displays for over 2 years, I see no issue with "pushing" the pixels for day to day use, yes on benchmark, it would suck, maybe some games with the highest quality would take a hit on performance, but I don't see how taking photos, browsing the web etc. would make the phone stutter. BTW, I am just defend the phone won't "choke" on a QHD display, nothing less, nothing more, so don't get me wrong, yes the performance is underwhelming, but it's not gonna choke on a QHD.

20. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Btw, I still remember the days when ultra books used ivy bridge CPU+ HD 4000 for ultra books with QHD displays, such as the 13 inch retina MBP and the dell XPS. To my point, it has no issue pushing the pixels, just doesn't do a great job with 3D task, that's all

25. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

meanwhile redmi note 3 (SD version) with same processor priced at $230.. it may have inferior display, camera, and other stuff. but what I want to say is SD652 shouldn't used for flagship, it should used for low mid-ranger and 652 still using 28nm fabrication

21. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Based on benchmark 652 is about as good as the 810 and the M9 never choked or had any slowdown for me. So maybe test it in store before speaking plz.

28. tyrionTheWise unregistered

The 652 is nowhere as fast as 810. The GPU is utter trash compared to adreno 430. Please get your facts straight and don't lie.

29. perfectnine

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

They probably analysed that these markets aren't buying much of their flagship before. They definitely have a reason for doing so.

30. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Yeah, can you blame them given how bad the M9 was.

31. theonedhawan

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

I am not going to buy 652 version if it comes to India and not 820 variant..

2. Feanor

Posts: 1431; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Does "lifestyle" in Chinese mean "downgrade" or "cutting corners, because we run out if money"?

22. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Odd name for dowgraded version. Stupid name smh.

26. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they may refer to poor lifestyle or something :-/

3. tyrionTheWise unregistered

And HTC will price it at 800$ here, guessing that they priced the mediatek running m9+ at 850$ last year. Great going HTC, make yourself irrelevant in some countries even after releasing an excellent phone.

13. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Where do you live? Here in Poland for example iP SE is also priced around 580$ like you said before but HTCs are priced pretty well and just on par with other flagships. I wonder what does it depend on

14. tyrionTheWise unregistered

India. The issue here is that the import duty is pretty high. So any OEM not manufacturing its phones here has to pay high prices. Only Samsung manufactures here(nokia used to too, at least when it existed). Sony will start doing it too from 2016. Rest all are priced around 30% higher than other markets, which makes buying decisions easy.

27. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

thats funny because xiaomi release redmi note 2 prime with same processor (2.2GHz helioX10) just 4 month that, for under $200 and now redmi already released redmi note 3 that have same processor with this one (SD652) for $230 lol

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Bless HTC for "black front - silver back" finish. This is what I have dreamed about since Lumia 925, it will be surely sexy as hell.

15. StellaR

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

USB 2.0 in place of 3.0 in Lifestyle. BIG NO!

17. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

Much better to buy S7 or X performance or Mi5 if this comes with sd652 in a non European and non American country. G5 AND Htc 10 made a weird choice. No sd 820 worldwide. Sd 652 can't beat sd810 in graphics performance. BUT Cpu performance is better. Antutu can't be trusted. I know antutu score is higher for sd810.

18. tyger11

Posts: 297; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

It's not "ROM" guys, c'mon.

23. Shocky unregistered

Not much confusion really, just a few users jumping to conclusions and spreading false information. US and Europe will get the SN820 version, other regions may vary. Sucks if you happen to get the "lifestyle" though.

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