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HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle first impressions: a mid-ranger that focusses on design and audio prowess

|October 19, 2016 |Android Phones, Mobiles, HTC Mobiles, First impressions

"The HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle boasts 24-bit Hi-Res audio in addition to HTC BoomSound HiFi Edition speakers with Dolby Audio and built-in DAC"

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HTC’s Desire series of smartphones has always catered to the mid-segment with specifications that don't necessarily excite, but designs that do look good. Around a month ago the Taiwanese giant unveiled the Desire 10 Lifestyle and Desire 10 Pro. The former was launched in India with a price tag of Rs 15,990 and boasts 24-bit Hi-Res audio in addition to HTC BoomSound HiFi Edition speakers with Dolby Audio and built-in DAC. Here are our first impressions.

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The HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle refrains from a full-metal body and instead gets a metal frame with a plastic rear panel. However, the design doesn’t leave much to complain about. The matte back panel offers amazing grip which is enhanced by the extremely light weight.

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We received the white variant which had gold accents in the form of trim along all the edges and on the back. While the handset did appeal to the eyes as soon as we pulled it out of its cover, the back panel got smudged after a couple of hours of use. We had no issues handling the phone with one hand, although reaching corners wasn’t that easy.

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The phone offers standard port and button placement, however, what’s worth noting is the power key which gets rather pronounced ridges, and the presence of an eye-hole on the bottom edge to which a lanyard can be attached. The latter is something which is not seen much on mobile phones these days. The last we saw it was on the ASUS ZenFone Zoom.

The Super LCD display on the phone spans 5.5-inches and sports HD resolution. The colours and screen brightness seem decent. While we had no qualms with it indoors, we’re not sure about the sunlight legibility. However, the screen not being very reflective gives some assurance. Worth mentioning that extreme viewing angles resulted in blue tints on the display.

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Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip aided by 3 gigs of RAM, the phone showed slight signs of lag during the short time that we used it. However, you shouldn’t face major issues with everyday tasks.

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The inbuilt storage on the phone is rated at 32GB and you get around 25 gigs for personal use. You will see slight tweaks, but overall the UI remains mostly stock, with the phone running Android Marshmallow. In terms of preloaded third-party applications, you get the likes of Instagram, Facebook and Messenger. There’s a Themes app as well to help you customise the look of the UI as per your liking. The HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle also supports gestures.

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The smartphone gets a 13-megapixel primary camera equipped with a BSI sensor, and assisted by an LED flash. On the front, it gets a 5MP selfie shooter.

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The default camera app comes with no special modes other than HDR. The overall app UI is rather minimal and does not offer a lot of features. In terms of camera performance, we found the shutter speed to be quite impressive. The focussing speed was good as well. The camera captured good depth and details in the trial image we clicked. Our review will have a more in-depth take on the shooting prowess.

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The phone is backed by a 2,700mAh battery which, in our opinion, should be enough to drive the smartphone until evening. That said, there are a couple of power saving modes you can use to extend the battery life.

At its price, the smartphone directly stands against the newly launched Samsung Galaxy On8, the Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime (first impressions), along with the Lenovo Moto G4 Plus (review), which is available for a discounted price during the festive season. The Galaxy J5 Prime and the G4 Plus offer fingerprint scanners, which is absent on the Desire 10 Lifestyle. Additionally, all the three phones get better processors than the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle. The G4 Plus has one of the best cameras in the mid-range segment, as well. In a scenario like this, the mid-ranger from HTC seems to be facing an uphill battle as far as the competitive landscape is concerned.



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