Introduction


HTC is slowly building an army of mid-range smartphones, and the Desire 601 is one of the newest officers in its ranks. With a 4.5” qHD display, Snapdragon 400 SoC and a 5 MP camera, the HTC Desire 601 is definitely not going to scare away the opposing armies on its own, but who knows, it might prove to be quite useful in the greater scheme of things.

What's interesting about the HTC Desire 601 is that it'll serve as a good indication of where the Android mid-range market is going these days. Wonder how much value you're going to get out of an Android mid-ranger? Let's find out!


Design


If you tend to enjoy that rubbery soft-touch coating that HTC uses on some of its mainstream smartphones, you'll love the Desire 601, because it'll give you just that. It's very, very soft-touch. Some of us here at PhoneArena like it, other don't, so we guess it's just a matter of personal preference. Size-wise, the Desire 601 feels quite compact (5.30 x 2.63 x 0.39 inches) – it's very narrow and can be easily held and used with one hand-only. If we have to comment on the actual appearance of the handset, we'd say that the black version is quite boring, while the white one seems fine and has more of an 'HTC One' kind of look (though it's far from the flagship's class). There's also a more 'aggressive' red version, but if we had to pick one, we'd have gone for the white Desire 601.

The buttons around the sides of the phone function quite well and are easy to press. Overall, the phone is well made and doesn't feel too cheap. It doesn't blow us away with anything, but it's OK.



HTC Desire 601

HTC Desire 601

Dimensions

5.3 x 2.63 x 0.39 inches

134.5 x 66.7 x 9.88 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

HTC One mini

HTC One mini

Dimensions

5.2 x 2.49 x 0.36 inches

132 x 63.2 x 9.25 mm

Weight

4.30 oz (122 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Dimensions

4.91 x 2.41 x 0.35 inches

124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm

Weight

3.77 oz (107 g)

Motorola Moto X

Motorola Moto X

Dimensions

5.09 x 2.57 x 0.41 inches

129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

HTC Desire 601

HTC Desire 601

Dimensions

5.3 x 2.63 x 0.39 inches

134.5 x 66.7 x 9.88 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

HTC One mini

HTC One mini

Dimensions

5.2 x 2.49 x 0.36 inches

132 x 63.2 x 9.25 mm

Weight

4.30 oz (122 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Dimensions

4.91 x 2.41 x 0.35 inches

124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm

Weight

3.77 oz (107 g)

Motorola Moto X

Motorola Moto X

Dimensions

5.09 x 2.57 x 0.41 inches

129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display


A nicely-sized 4.5" screen is what the Desire 601 owns, so it's neither small, nor too big. Unfortunately, the resolution of the panel is just 540x960 pixels, which has lead to the so-so pixel density of 245 ppi. Legibility will hardly be an issue with this display, but it sure is somewhat pixelized.

As far as color balance goes, the Desire 601 treats us to some quite cold visuals, with a dominiant blue that makes things on screen appear somewhat cooler (as in colder) than they should be. Thankfully, though, the maximum brightness of the screen reaches about 500 nits, resulting in a pretty good outdoor visibility. The viewing angles of this IPS LCD screen are also quite decent.


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11 Comments

1. No_Nonsense unregistered

Er, PA isn't it time to review mid-range phones with mid-range standards rather than the high range standards?

2. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

C'mon ! Its a Mid range device ! What do u expect from a Mid Range S400 powered device ? 10k in quadrant and 50k in AnTuTu and a 50MP Camera ?

3. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

This thing only scores a few 100 more points then my ZTE Avid....which i paid $30 for on clearance. Yes the camera,ram,and memory is more but damn this ain't midrange. THIS IS AVERAGE. HTC and other companies can't afford to make phones like this if others are making way more cheaper phones with better performance. And that's the first thing a user will notice is PERFORMANCE!

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I'm looking the build and look. If the One was built like this with a latched rear cover, things would be quite a bit rosier for HTC IMO.

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Liking, autocorrect fml.

6. taikucing unregistered

WTF!? it only gets 6?

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice design phone. PA please review with mid-range standards.

8. elliotsilva

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

I think this device looks cool, but even mid or low range HTC are expensive compared to others smartphones with,same caracteristcs, at least in europe.. Anyway Reviews in phonearena are getting more and more useless with each phone they review, Ray shouldn't even get the chance to review since he puts every smartphone in the same category and dont even like Android.. Phonearena be less pretentions and more objective..this is Just sad

9. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Seems like an odd cross between the HTC One Mini and the Galaxy S4 Mini. It seems like a good midrange phone, perhaps not as premium in feel as the One Mini, but ends up a little more powerful thanks to the lower resolution screen, not as strong as the S4 mini, but it's other unique features I think make them comparable. I would of rated it at least a seven, an eight max.

10. hmh_hmh

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 22, 2013

Can reviewer confirm that this device use IPS type of LCD panel? It is little weird because major HTC's screen supplier is Samsung(S-LCD) which don't own rights to produce IPS panel, the best(8-bit) Samsung panel are either S-PVA or PLS(Samsung's answer to LG and Panasonic IPS technology) It's evident that this reviewer is poor or this site is not consistent in opinions. This mobile phone shares same processor and other internals as One mini and in One mini review is written: "We didn't notice any lag or stuttering, and, despite the single gig of RAM, instead of the 2 GB on the One, we also never felt the phone is gasping for memory, either.", while in this review reviewer mentions some hiccups.

11. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

an f/2.0, bsi sensor with 1/4" size with a dedicated htc image chip is not exactly what i'd call run-of-the-mill despite its 5mp. i hope in the future every smartphone will have such a run-of-the-mill camera
Desire 601
  • Display 4.5" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(12.8h 3G talk time)

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