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HTC Desire 601 Revealed – Cheaper alternative to the One Mini

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HTC has launched the Desire 601, the first phone in the long-standing Desire range to feature 4G connectivity.

Unlike the HTC One-series phone, the Desire 601 has a plastic body rather than an aluminium one. Looks and feel-wise, it's a less immediately impressive phone than either the HTC One and One Mini.

However, its specs reveal that it's intended to be a significantly lower-end phone than either of those top models.

HTC Desire 601 specs
The HTC Desire 601 has a slightly larger screen than the HTC One Mini, at 4.5 inches rather than 4.3, but resolution is lower. Where the One Mini has a 720p screen, the Desire 601 display is 960 x 540 pixels in resolution.

The phone uses an SLCD2 panel, which is a little cheaper to produce than the top-end IPS screen of the HTC One.

Internal storage is a reasonably low 8GB, but you can expand on this thanks to the microSD card slot found under the phone's removable plastic rear.

The HTC Desire 601's core specs are also distinctly mid-range. It has a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, backed up by 1GB of RAM.

Although significantly lower in power than the quad-core CPUs and 2GB of RAM found in top-end phones, the Desire 601 should have enough power to run Android with HTC's Sense UI lag-free.

HTC Desire 601 camera and speaker
Not all of the One-series design DNA has been cast aside, though. One of the HTC Desire 601's best features is its pair of BoomSound speaker, which sit on the front of the phone to either side of the screen.

In the HTC One, they produced sound that easily trumped top rivals the Samsung Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5. We hope the Desire 601's speakers will pull off the same trick.

However, the phone does lose out on the 'UltraPixel' tech of the One-series twins. Instead it uses a standard 'megapixel' camera with the usual tiny sensor pixels that result in pretty ropey low-light performance.

In good lighting, the HTC Desire 601's eight-megapixel camera should be able to produce decent shots, and it has an LED flash. As the phone uses the latest HTC Sense interface, you also get Zoe mode, which animates your image gallery and lets you share video clips of your photo journeys online.

HTC has not yet released firm pricing or release date info for the UK, but networks' deals are sure to be revealed soon. We expect the phone to significantly undercut the HTC One Mini,which sells for a shade under £400 SIM-free.

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