The flagship HTC 10 is expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC, but a new leak claims that there will be a cheaper, less powerful variant of the HTC 10 which will be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652. Since the leak comes from Weibo and the listed price is in Chinese Yuan, we can assume that the phone will be available for sale in China. There’s no indication that the Snapdragon 652 variant of the HTC 10 will be making its way to North America or Europe, but the phone could be key in adoption of HTC’s new phone in markets where the Snapdragon 820 variant would be out of reach for most consumers.
The SD652 version of the HTC 10 is listed for RMB 3,799 ($585 USD), a good 24% less than the SD820 model, which the leak lists at RMB 4,999 ($768 USD). While the Snapdragon 652 can’t really compete with the brute force of the 820, it’s still an impressive chip. Benchmark scores show that it falls somewhere between the Snapdragon 800 and 810 when it comes to processing and 3D rendering.
If HTC were to release a Snapdragon 652 variant of the HTC 10 in your market for $150 less than the Snapdragon 820 model, would you opt for the cheaper version?