And the first US carrier to get the modestly specced, but large and fashionable HTC Desire 601 is… Virgin Mobile. Sounds totally and utterly lacking in glamour, yet Virgin is notorious for lucrative, generous plans and low off-contract price tags for its gadgets, so it could all be for the greater good.
And besides, the Desire 601 has not long ago been blessed by the FCC with what looked like Sprint-friendly bands, so a commercial launch on America’s number four wireless carrier is probably due by the end of the year.
As far as Virgin goes, chances are the 4.5-incher will land on or around October 20. Pricing is unknown, but based on the prepaid provider’s current line-up, my guess is it won’t go over the $300 mark. After all, Samsung’s Galaxy S3 currently goes for $350 and that fellow ages better than French wines.
Not that the Desire 601 is a pushover compared with the GS3. Yet the 960 x 540 pix res screen, dual-core 1.4 GHz CPU, 8 GB of on-board storage, 5 MP rear-facing camera only allow it to aspire at a place under the mid-range Android sun. Some would even go so far as to call it low-end. If you ask you, it could be a very smart buy at $300 and a tremendously wise one at $250.