HTC Desire 601, aka Zara, announced
It was back in July when we first caught wind of a possible new HTC device, at the time dubbed the HTC Zara. That moniker changed subsequently, for word on the street put the actual release name as the HTC Desire 601. Fortunately, today we mark the end of the (rather frugal) rumor phase, for the HTC Desire 601's name has been both officially confirmed, and we finally have a mostly full specs sheet to go with it.
So how did the rumor mill do? Extraordinarily, actually – it pretty much nailed it on the head. Which means that the 130g HTC Desire 601 will, indeed, come with a 4.5-inch qHD (960x540) display and will be powered by the dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, ticking at 1.4GHz. In terms of memory, expect 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal microSD-expandable memory.
A bunch of HTC-exclusive goodies have also been confirmed: Sense 5.0 with all of its proprietary software, like Zoe and BlinkFeed, comes slapped on top of Android 4.2.2, along with a borrowed dual front-facing BoomSound speaker from the HTC One. A 5MP non-UltraPixel AutoFocus camera is also in tow, featuring an f/2.0 aperture and 1080p video capture capabilities. Company to the rear module will be a rather underwhelming front-facing VGA camera unit.
Among the usual radios that you would expect from a modern device (Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and GPS), a 4G LTE antenna will ensure blazing-fast speeds wherever the network is available. Speaking of availability, the device is currently slated for an October release in select markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, though we've heard a bunch of rumors that the device will also reach the shores of the US at some point. Lest you think we didn't think of price – one is simply currently unavailable, but we're reaching out to HTC as we speak for a clarification.