A whole team of smartphones has been announced by HTC this week in Taiwan. All devices belong to the Desire series and come with the following numbers: 700, 601 dual-SIM, 501 and 301. Obviously intended to fill in the gaps in entry-level and mid-range sectors of the market, all four phones appear to be overpriced. The Desire 700 will be the most pricey costing a whopping NTD 13,900, which is about $470. The Desire 501 and a dual-SIM version of the Desire 601 will be priced at NTD 9,900 and NTD 10,900, that is equivalent of $330 and $370, respectively. The most affordable Desire 300 will come with a price tag of 7,900, or about $270. All phones are set to go on sale in Taiwan some time this month.
New HTC Desire 700, 501 and Dual-SIM 601
The HTC Desire 700 borrows from the design of the HTC One. In fact, you would probably have a hard time telling those two apart, unless you had them in your hand. Then it would be much easier, since the Desire 700 comes in a plastic body. The device is the biggest of the quartet featuring a 5-inch display, though the resolution of just 540 x 960 leaves a lot to be desired (pun intended). Let’s be honest: anything lower than 720p in a 5-inch phone is hardly acceptable.
The handset a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory. MicroSD slot for storage expansion is present too. HTC equipped the Desire 700 with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, both offering BSI sensors. Other features include dual-SIM support, a 2,100 mAh battery, BoomSound front-facing speakers and support for HTC Zoe.
Lower down the line is the HTC Desire 501, which seems to be inspired by older design of the HTC One X / S series, as well as more recent HTC One Mini. The phone has a relatively big screen measuring 4.3 inches diagonally, however, 800 x 480 resolution on a display this sizes means low pixel density and consequently quality of image is far from idea. Under the hood, the device has a dual-core 1.15 GHz processor of unknown make and type.
In some aspects, the Desire 501 is identical to its bigger brother, the Desire 700. Both phones share some specs including 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD as well as both, rear and front-facing cameras. However, even though the Desire 501’s 8-megapixel camera cooperates with HTC ImageChip, it lacks Zoe support. The device also sports 14.4 Mbps HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, and a 2,100 mAh battery.
Last but not least is the Desire 300 and Desire 601, both of which have been official since September. The dual-SIM Desire 601 is identical to the original Desire 601, save for two SIM slots. In other words, you can expect 4.5-inch qHD display, dual-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 5-megapixel rear camera and a VGA user-facing shooter. Key specs of the HTC Desire 300 include a 4.3-inch WVGA display, dual-core 1 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of expandable memory, 5-megapixel rear camera and VGA front-facing camera.
source: VR Zone