HTC Desire 601
|First released||October 2013|
|Predecessor||HTC Desire X, HTC One VX|
|Related||HTC One Mini|
|Dimensions||134.5 mm (5.30 in) H
66.7 mm (2.63 in) W
9.9 mm (0.39 in) D
|Operating system||Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean"
(upgradable to Android 4.4.2 "KitKat")
|System on chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 400|
|CPU||1.4 GHz dual-core Krait|
|Memory||1 GB RAM|
|Removable storage||MicroSDXC (up to 64 GB)|
|Battery||2100 mAh Li-Po|
540×960 pixels (245 ppi)
Corning Gorilla Glass 2
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4/5 Ghz)
GPS & GLONASS
Bluetooth 4.0 with apt-X
USB 2.0 (Micro-B Port, USB charging)
|Other||Accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor|
The HTC Desire 601 (branded in some markets as the HTC Desire, unrelated to the original Desire) is an Android smartphone designed and manufactured by HTC. The Desire 601 is a mid-range device carrying design traits from the HTC One and One Mini, utilizing a dual-core processor, 4.5-inch qHD display, and offering LTE support.
Development and release
The Desire 601 was first revealed by evleaks in July 2013 under the codename "Zara", describing its design as being a mixture of the HTC One and recent Desire-branded devices, and indicating that it might be released on Sprint in the United States. The device was officially unveiled as the Desire 601 on 3 September 2013, with a release in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in October 2013. In the United Kingdom, it was exclusively released by Vodafone. On 18 November 2013, Sprint subsidiary Virgin Mobile USA announced it would release the Desire 601 under the name HTC Desire. On 27 November 2013, a Dual-SIM version of the HTC Desire 601 was released in Taiwan.
The overall design of the HTC Desire 601 echoes that of the HTC One, with a soft polycarbonate shell, front-facing stereo speakers, and a pair of navigation keys. A removable rear cover exposes a removable, 2100 mAh battery, and a microSD slot. The device uses a 1.4 GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 system-on-chip with 1 GB of RAM, a 4.5 inch qHD Super LCD 2 display, and 8 GB of internal storage. The device also supports LTE networks where available. The Desire 601 also includes a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera which supports 1080p video recording.
The Desire 601 was released to mixed reviews. Its build quality was considered to be in line with other HTC devices with "soft touch" polycarbonate exteriors, while its processor was considered to be fast for its class. The Desire 601's camera was considered to be well below average in comparison to the UltraPixel camera of the One and One Mini, while its speakers were panned for not being as powerful as its counterparts on the One. CNET was similarly conservative, noting that its screen, despite being good enough for everyday use, was not high definition (and noted that the Moto G, which targets a similar market, did manage to incorporate a 720p display), and that the device was, performance-wise, sufficient for "casual bird-flinging gamers."
Hardware Zone noted that while it could not be compared to the higher quality metal construction of the One, the Desire 601 was praised for having a "comfortable" feel and a compact form that was sufficient for one-handed use, and its "powerful" camera hardware. Overall, however, the Desire 601 was panned for having a low resolution screen, underperforming on benchmarks in comparison to other phones in its class (such as the LG Optimus F5, Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, and Sony Xperia SP), and for not being released soon enough to sufficiently compete. In conclusion, however, it was felt that the Desire 601 "will not disappoint anyone who is looking for an affordable 4G LTE Android smartphone."
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