Kunal KhullarMay 26, 2016 14:27:30 IST
HTC officially launched its flagship smartphone, the HTC 10 today in India, at a launch event in New Delhi. After unveiling it last month, the new metal clad smartphone has finally reached the Indian shores, joining the likes of the Xiaomi Mi5, Samsung Galaxy S7 and the soon to be announced LG G5. There was speculation that HTC would only bring the HTC 10 Lifestyle, a slightly underpowered version of the original flagship, to India. Surprisingly, the company has brought both smartphones to the country, offering the flagship to Indian consumers as well. The new range of HTC smartphones starts from Rs 13,999 for the Desire 628, going all the way up to Rs 52,990 for the top of the line HTC 10.
The HTC 10 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset and paired with 4GB RAM. The HTC 10 Lifestyle however, comes with a Snapdragon 652 chipset with 4GB of RAM. Storage options include are 32GB or 64GB, which can also be expanded up to 2TB thanks to a microSD card slot.
In the camera department you get a 12MP (UltraPixel) unit as the rear unit, featuring an f/1.8 aperture, laser AF and OIS, along with a dual LED flash. On the front there is a 5MP (UltraPixel) unit that also comes with an f/1.8 aperture, AF, as well as OIS, which is a first. The front camera also comes with a Screen Flash feature for selfies shot in low light.
HTC has included its patented BoomSound audio along with Dolby Audio support. This time, there is a new and improved design which features a dual speaker layout, each with its own tweeter and woofer. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC’s new Sense 8 which is said to cleaner and more like stock Android.
Then we have the HTC One X9 that is priced at Rs 25,990. It packs in a Full HD display, a Mediatek MT6795 Helio X10 chipset with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The device packs in a 13MP camera with OIS, a 5MP unit for selfies, and features an all-metal body.
Next up we, have the updated Desire range. This would include the Desire 628 priced at Rs 13,990 and featuring a 5 inch HD (1280x720) display, a MediaTek MTK6753 chipset clocked at 1.3GHz and 3GB of RAM make up the chipset. The device features a 13MP camera on the back and a 5MP sensor on the front and the device packs in a 2,200 mAh battery. The device comes with 32GB internal storage which can further be expanded to 2TB using a microSD card.
The HTC Desire 630 is the elder sibling of the 628 and again, features a 5 inch HD display with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 and 2GB RAM. The device again features a 13MP camera on the back and a 5MP camera on the front. There is 16GB of internal storage and the device is powered by a 2,200 mAh battery.
The Desire 825 is priced at Rs 18,990 and packs in an even bigger 5.5 inch display, but sticks to the same HD resolution. Inside, we get the same Snapdragon 400 chipset with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage that is expandable up to 2TB. There's a 13MP camera on the back and a 5MP unit up front.
On the Desire 830, you get a 5.5 inch Full HD display with a 64-bit, 1.5GHz octa-core chipset. There's 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The handset features a 13MP camera with OIS on the back and an HTC UltraPixel unit on the front. The handset is powered by a 2,800mAh battery and packs in fast charging tech as well.
As for availability, HTC was not too clear about when all of its smartphones would be available, but it mentioned that the HTC 10 flagship would go on sale from June 5 while the mid-range One X9 would go on sale from June 20. As for the HTC 10 Lifestyle, the smartphone's pricing was not revealed but is expected to go on sale alongside the flagship on June 5.
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