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'Global' HTC 10 model, not the Lifestyle, heading to India, apparently

Following confusion about whether or not the Snapdragon 652 powered 10 Lifestyle will launch in India, HTC now says that the global HTC 10 variant will hit the country.
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April 14, 2016
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There has been an air of uncertainty hanging over the launch of the Snapdragon 652 powered HTC 10 Lifestyle in India in the past few days. HTC doesn’t appear to have made up its mind about what hardware to ship out to the country, with changes to specs and contradictory statements coming from the company.

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Originally it was the 10 Lifestyle that had been stated to launch in India. This phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 listed as the main processor and 3GB of RAM, the only differences between it and the regular HTC 10. Confusion set in following changes made to the specifications of the Lifestyle on the company’s Indian website.

HTC very quietly changed change the specifications of the 10 Lifestyle to include Snapdragon 820 processor as the main chip. The website also suggested that the phone will come with 4GB of RAM, as opposed to 3GB, and will also be available in 32GB and 64GB storage configurations. What’s particularly interesting about this is that the phone would then matche the regular HTC 10 in every regard, but the specifications have since been put back to normal.

Seeking to clarify the situation, HTC issued statement saying the global HTC 10 model will be the one that launches in India instead.

“We are pleased to announce that global flagship HTC 10 is coming soon to India. Stay tuned for the announcement and the availability date,” – Faisal Siddiqui, President HTC South Asia.

So, it’s actually the very high-end HTC 10 that will go on sale in India right? Well perhaps not. When questioned as to whether this means that the Snapdragon 820 variant of the handset will be heading to India, the company refused to elaborate. HTC has also said that it has not made a firm decision about which version of the handset it will be launching in India. I can’t get my head around these mixed signals.

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Perhaps the Lifestyle is still destined for India, maybe it’s the HTC 10, or could there be some weird cross brand of the two? I guess we will just have to wait for HTC to spell out its Indian launch plans in finer detail.