UK Customers Are Getting a Raw Deal on the HTC Desire 10

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Well, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better-looking low- to mid-range smartphone. Hell, it looks more refined than most flagships. The HTC Desire 10 has been revealed, and it’s truly a thing of beauty. I usually hate any sort of gold on a smartphone, too.

That’s right, this is the latest entry in the Desire line. You've probably never taken a second glance at any of its predecessors.

There are two models: the Desire 10 Lifestyle and the Desire 10 Pro. Unsurprisingly, the latter is more advanced. It’s also not coming to the UK.

The Lifestyle features a 5.5-inch 720p (groan) display, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie shooter. It’s also powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor combined with a choice of 2GB or 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage (with an SD card slot), a 2,700mAh battery and, totally unexpectedly, Hi-Res audio certification.

The Pro, meanwhile, comes with a sharper 5.5-inch, 1080p display, 20-megapixel and 13-megapixel camera sensors, a MediaTek Helio P10 processor paired with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM, as well as 32GB or 64GB of (expandable) storage, a 3,000mAh battery and a fingerprint scanner.

Both handsets are pretty much the same size, featuring a plastic body and metal trim, and both run Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

The Desire 10 Lifestyle will be up for grabs for £249, but HTC is yet to reveal pricing for the Pro version, which is likely to be a little pricier. Audio credentials aside, it’s a superior handset, and it’ll be frustrating if the price difference between the two phones is meagre.