Ah, HTC. You really don’t do yourself any favours with your endless parade of mid-range phones and the continued besmirching of the once proud Desire name.
The HTC Desire 601 (nee Zara) is the latest addition, and while it sits between the HTC One and HTC One mini in physical stature, it has – in many respects – the worst specs.
Aesthetically, the HTC Desire 601 looks very much like a member of the HTC One family (largely on account of those front-firing stereo speakers), but with the flagship already joined by the obligatory mini version, and with the HTC One Max tipped to arrive as soon as this week, I guess it makes more sense to label it with Desire branding.
In terms of HTC Desire 601 specs, the plastic body houses a 4.5in display, which is 0.2in larger than the HTC One mini, though the 960 x 540 resolution is actually worse than the mini’s 1280 x 720. Larger display + lower resolution = fewer pixels per inch.
As for the camera, the HTC Desire 601 is listed in plain old megapixels, 5MP specifically, which is technically worse than the Ultrapixel configuration on the HTC One and One mini.
On paper, it appears to be the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor as the HTC One mini, and it’s backed by a familiar 1GB of RAM. You can also expect Zoe and BlinkFeed.
Nothing worth getting too excited about then, but it’ll be interesting to see how the HTC Desire 601 price plays out when it’s released at the end of the month.