HTC unveils a pair of midrange phones and a wee little bluetooth boombox

HTC has just introduced the Desire 601 and 300 to fill out its mid-range offerings

While HTC has garnered accolades for its flagship One Android phone, the Korean manufacturer appears to have shifted its priorities to mid-range devices for the time being, with a pair of new additions to its decidedly second-tier Desire line of handsets.

The HTC Desire 601
The HTC Desire 601

The HTC Desire 601 might be described as the premier entry of a mid-range line. The 601 will be the first phone from the Desire line to offer LTE compatibility. Like the One or its smaller mini sibling, the 601 comes equipped with dual front stereo BoomSound.

Under the hood, the 601 falls short of the mighty Ones with a still-respectable Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor, though its 4.5-inch display is a relatively paltry 245 ppi. However, the most immediate difference between the 601 and its top-shelf cousins can be found in its use of cheaper molded polycarbonate body in place of the One's signature aluminum suit of armor.

The 601 will run on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and come equipped with a 5-megapixel camera, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage.

The HTC Desire 300.
The HTC Desire 300.

HTC also unveiled the Desire 300, which the company refers to as an entry-level smartphone. The 300 has a 217 ppi 4.3-inch WVGA display and runs on a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. The phone will sport a 5-megapixel rear camera, 512MB of RAM, and only 4GB of internal storage, and no LTE connectivity.

HTC certainly didn't forget the HTC One entirely. The company also unveiled the HTC BoomBass, a small Bluetooth-enabled subwoofer with a dedicated amplifier that comes in the form of a tiny stylish cube. The small box will stream audio directly from your device and enhance lower range frequencies through a 3.0+EDR speaker as a compliment to the One's in-phone BoomSound system--ideal for those times when you want others in the room to enjoy your phone's music library.

The HTC BoomBass.
The HTC BoomBass.

The Desire 601 will be available across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa beginning in October with no official word on North American availability. The Desire 300 will be available in "select markets" in October. Users can pick up their own BoomBass from the HTC Accessory Store beginning in mid-October.

Tags htcbluetoothNetworkingPhoneswireless

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Evan Dashevsky

TechHive (US)

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Latest News Articles

Most Popular Articles

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?