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HTC unveils new smartphones: Desire 700, Desire 501, and Dual-SIM Desire 601

ByinAnnouncements | December 1, 2013

HTC Desire 700A 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

htc-desire-601The 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.

HTC Desire 501Lower 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

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