The Desire 501 is a 4.3-inch device with a 480x800 WVGA display, and it heavily reminds us of the One X design language. It has a 1.15GHz dual-core ST Ericsson U8520 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal, microSD-expandable storage. Despite its mid-range specs so far, it actually has a promising 8MP BSI camera unit on its rear with LED flash and F2.0 aperture, along with a 2.1MP 88-degree wide-angled front snapper, with support for 720p video.
Connectivity options on the Desire 501 include Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, NFC and a 3G WCDMA/HSDPA radio, but HTC's official site lists no GPS, which is odd. Anyway, the device runs on a currently unknown version of Android, though it does appear to have Sense 4 on top of it. Giving life to the Desire 501 is a 2100mAh cell.
Unlike the Desire 501, the Desire 701 has a 1.2GHz quad-core Spreadtrum Shark chipset powering it, though the memory department remains unchanged – 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage. The situation is almost identical, as far as the shooting capabilities of the Desire are concerned – the same 8MP BSI unit with LED flash and F2.0 aperture, though the shooter taking the front is a slightly upgraded 2.1MP (BSI) unit that is capable of 1080p video capture.
Despite the apparent omission of GPS in the Desire 501, the Desire 700 is listed with A/GPS support, and also sports Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and an UMTS/HSPA 3G connectivity. Odd again is the exclusion of NFC, despite the Desire 700's seemingly identical 2100mAh unit.
The Desire 501 and Desire 700 are both currently only available on a monthly tarrif plan with Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom, and there's no telling whether HTC will send these off to reinforce its troubled positions globally and at what prices.