HTC Desire 601 Review


After the refreshing the line with the One Series, there has been a gap in the mid-range of HTC. In respond to catering for more customers, HTC has recently released HTC Desire 601 to bring premium experience at a lower price point. Today, we take a look at the new HTC Desire 601 smartphone and see why it really stands out with phones in the similar category.

Specs & Design

The Desire comes with Dual frontal stereo speakers similar to the ones found in the original One, without the beats branding. Sound reproduction was excellent. Even when compared to higher end phones like S4 and Xperia Z.

The back of the phone comes with a rubbery coating which definitely feels and looks better than the plastic cover of Samsung phones. Although it's just a matter of personal preference.

Size wise, 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.

HTC One Max VS HTC Desire 601

The guts of the phone feature a so-so Snapdragon S4 1.4Ghz dual core processor, 1 GB of Ram, standard issue 5MP camera, 2100 mAh Battery with LTE connectivity.

Removable back cover shows storage expansion capabilities


With a 4.5-inch display, the HTC Desire 601 has a slightly larger screen than the HTC One Mini. However, it’s a significantly less sharp display due to its lower resolution.

It has a 960 x 540 pixel display – where the One Mini has a pretty impressive 720p screen. That’s not to say the HTC Desire 601 looks terrible, though – quite the opposite. Contrast and colour seems good as it reaches the bare minimum mark for pixel density of 245ppi.

User Interface

What really made the phone uniquely HTC is the Android user interface on the Desire 601. HTC's customized UI on the Desire 601 made it stand out from the rest of other Android smartphones. Additionally, we are also getting the BlinkFeed application that is only available on the HTC One series. 

HTC BlinkFeed updates interesting contents right to your home screen

HTC's customized Android UI


One significant trade-off made in the HTC Desire 601 is that it does not use an UltraPixel camera. This was the type of sensor used in the HTC One and HTC One Mini, cutting resolution but incorporating larger sensor pixels in order to give better low-light performance. However, quality of the camera is still decent as images were clear under adequate lighting conditions.

Camera test : Low light Conditions

Camera Test : Landscape

Camera Test : Landscape

Camera Test : Landscape


The HTC Desire 601 is a sensible phone with a feature or two that helps separate it from the masses of pretty anonymous mid-range Android phones. Best of the lot is the array of speakers on the phone’s front, which supply much better sound than you get from most phones. With a price of S$498, it's definitely the phone to go for if it is within your budget.

This review is written by Wong Su Jun and edited by Team TTR. 

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