HTC Desire 601 with Sprint LTE bands visits the FCC
The HTC Desire 601, formerly known only by its codename Zara, was announced earlier this month. It is a new mid-range device by the Taiwanese company, bound to launch in October throughout markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. But according to rumors, HTC will eventually bring the Desire 601 to the US as well, possibly via Sprint – the nation's third largest carrier. Well, these rumors appear to be on the right track.
We spotted a smartphone at the FCC this morning, bearing the model name 0P4E100. And after a little investigation, we concluded that we were indeed looking at Sprint's variant of the HTC Desire 601. One of the most solid clues that led us to that conclusion was the presence of the Zara codename in the software build number listed in the filing. We can also confirm that the handset runs on Android 4.2.2. LTE band 25, used by Sprint, is supported by the device, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity at both 2.4 and 5GHz. Bluetooth and NFC are on board as well.
Of course, this does not give us a 100% guarantee that Sprint will ever launch the HTC Desire 601, but things surely seem to be headed in that direction. An official announcement by the carrier itself might be right around the corner.