HTC Intros Desire 300 and 601 Smartphones: Affordable Mid-Rangers Due Out in October

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HTC Desire 601As we await for Samsung and Sony to finally put the world out of its misery and make the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 3 and Xperia Z1 official, HTC has thought it was only appropriate to strengthen its mid-end, budget-friendly phone line-up.

Great timing, HTC, as everyone is listening, with IFA nearing its debut. Too bad there’s nothing awfully special about the Desire 300 and 601.

The first, which grabbed a few headlines as the “Zara Mini” in the past couple of weeks, sits somewhere in between the entry-level and mid-range niches, sporting a spacious but poor 4.3-inch 480 x 800 pix res panel, modest dual-core 1 GHz processor, pitiful 512 MB RAM, mediocre 5 MP rear camera and tiny 1,650 mAh battery.

Sorry, HTC, but I have to call it as I see it and I don’t see a lot of strong points on Desire 300’s list of features. Save maybe for the pre-loaded Jelly Bean, though even that is not ideal, being of the 4.1 variation. Oh, well, maybe the price tag will save it from being DOA.

Meanwhile, the Desire 601 sits considerably higher on the totem pole, even if it’s still light years behind high-enders. Running Android 4.2 JB out the box, the 4.5-incher packs a fairly zippy (considering) 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU and 1 GB of RAM.

The 2,100 mAh battery sounds sizable enough, but unfortunately the display only boasts qHD resolution and the main snapper is packed with a 5 MP sensor. No words on pricing here either, with both new Desire family members set to see daylight sometime in October in select European and Asian markets. Anyone excited? Not really, eh?


<Source: Anandtech>

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