TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC has unveiled the Desire 601, a midrange 4G phone for the UK market.
The phone breaks away from the top-end HTC One's design, being made from polycarbonate as opposed to metal. However, the HTC Desire 601 features some of the software features seen on the firm's higher specification series of One smartphones such as HTC Zoe and and HTC Boomsound.
The phone will come with Google's Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system (OS) pre-installed, not the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean version, which comes skinned in HTC's Sense user interface.
Sense delivers features such as HTC's Blinkfeed service. Blinkfeed is a news collation service that debuted on the HTC One. It uses the owner's account and search data to collate and collect relevant news stories and social media posts in a dynamic tiled display. The interface replaces the native Android homescreen, but this feature can be switched off.
The HTC Desire 601's hardware is fairly basic, with the phone featuring a qHD 4.5in display powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz processor and a modest 1GB of RAM.
For snapping photos the Desire 601 has a 5MP camera on the rear. The rear of the phone also features a detachable backplate that grants access to its removable 2,100mAh battery and microSD card slot.
There's no word yet as to when the HTC Desire 601 will hit the UK or how much it will cost, but HTC has confirmed to The INQUIRER that it will leave pricing announcements to its partners, promising that it will be a "midrange" handset when it is launched sometime this month.
Alongside the midrange Desire 600, HTC has also revealed the low-end Desire 300 smartphone. With a 4.3in display, HTC said the Desite 300’s full lamination display is ideal for “reading customised HTC Blinkfeed updates, watching videos, viewing photos and surfing the web”.
Powered by a dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, there’s little else we know about the device just yet, except that it will be available in “select markets” from October 2013
As well as the Desire 601 and 300 handsets, HTC also launched a HTC One handset in a new blue flavour as well as a number of accessories for its One series of smartphones.
One of the accessories is the Boomsound speaker dock, a Bluetooth enabled subwoofer with a dedicated amplifier that works alongside HTC phones with dual front facing speakers to deliver a richer and deeper sound. The firm has also unveiled a keyring called Fetch, an accessory that you attach to your keyring that allows you to find your phone if you've lost it. This works by pressing a button that activates the HTC phone's ringtone as long as the phone is within a 15 metre radius of the Fetch device.
The third and final accessory that HTC unveiled is a remote control for the HTC One Mini, named the HTC Mini+. This little device acts as a Bluetooth headset. It lets you take and place calls using your smartphone's connection after pairing through NFC or Bluetooth.
HTC said the blue coloured HTC One model will be available in select markets from the fourth quarter, and said that its accessories will be available from mid-October. µ
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