HTC Desire 601 Review

Call quality

The quality of the sound while making calls with the HTC Desire 601 is mediocre. The earpiece is fine for the most part – it has a strong output and average quality, but the microphone does a somewhat poor job at transmitting your voice to the other end of the line, where it appears a bit unclear.

As we said, the loudspeakers aren't as wonderful as they are on the HTC One, but they are still more than sufficient for calls, thanks to their loudness and decent sounding.


Equipped with a 2100 mAh battery unit, the Desire 601 will offer you decent battery life. The statistics provided by the manufacturer claim that 3G talk-time should be around 13 hours, while 3G stand-by time is around 18 days – which are both average results.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
HTC Desire 601
5h 19 min (Poor)
HTC One mini
5h 41 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
5h 1 min (Poor)


The HTC Desire 601 is an OK mid-range smartphone. It doesn't fascinate us in any area, including the design, the internals and the software. However, it does deliver a decent user experience with no significant slow-downs.

Sadly, we're a bit disappointed to see this handset employ a resolution of 540 x 960, as well as such a run-of-the-mill camera. These are the components that are most obviously lacking in the Desire 601. Other than that, it's neither outstanding, nor too bad in any aspect. It just that – just another mid-ranger.

Hopefully, HTC will price this one reasonably, but just in case you're put off by its price or something else, you might want to take a look at the HTC One mini, if you're ready to spend a bit more on a new smartphone. Another option is the Desire 600, which is a bit more higher-end in every respect. Finally, if you're looking for something a bit more 'Samsung', the Galaxy S4 mini might be all that you're looking for - it sports a slightly smaller screen, but also a better camera.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 4.2.2; Software number 1.03.401.3


  • Front-facing stereo speakers


  • Mediocre call quality
  • So-so camera

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