HTC has expanded its Desire range with the introduction of new mid-range smartphones, the Desire 501 dual-SIM, Desire 601 dual-SIM, and Desire 700 dual-SIM in India.
The HTC Desire 501 dual-SIM has been launched at Rs. 16,890, the HTC Desire 601 dual-SIM has a pricing of Rs. 24,190 and the HTC Desire 700 dual-SIM comes at Rs. 33,050.
Earlier, HTC announced the three Desire smartphones (Desire 501 dual-SIM, Desire 601 dual-SIM, and Desire 700 dual-SIM) in Taiwan at a press briefing.
The HTC Desire 700 and Desire 601 dual-SIM smartphones run an unspecified version of Android Jelly Bean OS with HTC Sense UI on top, featuring BlinkFeed. The HTC Desire 501 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sense UI, but does not feature BlinkFeed. It’s not clear at this stage whether the OS version in all the Desire 700 and Desire 601 smartphones is Android 4.2 or Android 4.3.
The HTC Desire 501 dual-SIM as the name suggests is a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) smartphone with dual active support. It comes with a 4.3-inch WVGA (480×800) display. It is powered by a 1.15GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. The smartphone sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and BSI sensor. It also includes a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. There is 8GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. There is 2100mAh battery and includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, DLNA, Micro-USB and built-in NFC as connectivity options.
On the other hand, the HTC Desire 601 dual-SIM (dual standby) is a variant of the Desire 601 which was announced in September this year. The HTC Desire 601 comes with a 4.5-inch qHD display with a 540×960 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor (unspecified chipset) along with 1GB of RAM. It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and also includes some HTC One camera goodies like Sequence shot, Always Smile, Object Removal and HTC Zoe. It also sports a VGA front-facing camera.
The device comes with 4GB of inbuilt storage which can be expanded up to 64GB via microSD card. The HTC Desire 601 also features dual-front stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers. Connectivity options on the device include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and 3G.
The Desire 601 dual-SIM includes a 2100mAh battery that the company claims can deliver up to 12 hours of talktime and up to 582 hours of standby time.
The HTC Desire 700 dual-SIM as the name suggests is a dual-SIM smartphone with support for GSM+GSM and features dual active support. It’s worth pointing out that the smartphone supports micro-SIM cards in both slots, instead of one with the regular SIM size. The HTC Desire 700 features a 5-inch qHD (540×960 pixels) display. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor alongside 1GB of RAM, although the chipset has not been revealed, yet. It comes with 8GB of inbuilt storage, which is further expandable up to 64GB via microSD card.
The Desire 700 dual-SIM sports an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash and also houses a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera with BSI sensor. Much like the flagship smartphone HTC One, the Desire 700 dual-SIM features HTC BoomSound dual-front stereo speakers with built-in amplifier. It includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, DLNA, GPS/AGPS and 3G connectivity options. The smartphone packs a 2100mAh battery which can deliver up to 11.6 hours of talktime and up to 582 hours of standby time.