United States and Canada will not be receiving the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle and Desire 10 Pro according to the company, which is a major shock considering that the two phones have been well received in the markets that they have been sold.
Positioned as an affordable smartphone, both these offer excellent specifications and are widely seen as a value for money offering. It would have been a great backup to the HTC 10, which has only managed to sell in limited numbers at a price of $700. At less than half the price, the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle manages to offer quite a lot of features.
The HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle is priced at $325, but the HTC Desire 10 Pro does sound more interesting in terms of overall specifications. One of the primary aspects of any smartphone is being fast and the HTC Desire 10 Pro manages to do so by virtue of the MediaTek Helio P10 CPU. Even though this processor will not cost much, it promises decent performance aided by either 3 GB or 4 GB of RAM depending on the model chosen. It also comes with a fingerprint scanner.
The HTC Desire 10 Pro is likely to last through the whole day on a full charge due to the 3000 mAh battery, although it is non-removable. Compared with the specifications of the Pro version, the Lifestyle seems poorly equipped since it has only a mediocre snapdragon 400 range chipset. The user can also choose anything between 2 GB to 3 GB of RAM, which is again a step down from the maximum of 4 GB RAM present in the Pro version.
When the Lifestyle version comes with a 720p resolution on a 5.5-inch screen, the HTC Desire 10 Prowill be significantly better in terms of offering more detail to the user since it has 1080p resolution on a similar screen size. The low resolution on the Lifestyle means that the phone will be able to do as well as the HTC Desire 10 Pro in terms of battery life even with the 2700 mAh battery on-board. Since both these phones are going to be unavailable in the United States, it remains to be seen if HTC will come with an alternate mid-range competitor in one of the busiest smartphone markets in the world.
HTC has been making losses quite consistently and have been struggling for quite a while now.