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HTC Desire 601 review

6.1/10 AVG.

  • HTC Desire 601
  • HTC Desire 601
  • HTC Desire 601
  • HTC Desire 601

Informr score
The HTC Desire 601 currently has an Informr score of 6.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • 5MP camera produces good quality images
  • Decent processor performance when using apps and browsing the web
  • 4G LTE connection

What's bad

  • Only 4.68GB of usable onboard storage
  • Slow screen response
  • Display suffers from washed out colors

The HTC Desire 601 offers consumers many of the features found on HTC's flagship phone – the HTC One – while keeping a more budget price. Although it lacks the metal finish of the One, reviewers still find the rubberized plastic finish to be both attractive and relatively durable. Its smaller size also made it easier for reviewers at Phone Arena to handle one-handed.

In terms of the display, the 4.5" LCD display offers a fairly low resolution of 540 pixels. Although not horrible for viewing images, most critics agree that pixilation does occur with actual text. Aside from this, the display gets a general thumbs up from reviewers. T3 states its "bright and clear" while Unleash the Phones is a bit more critical noting that it suffers from some washed out colors despite good viewing angles.

The back of the phone boasts a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. Although the phone does not utilize HTC's Ultrapixel tech, expert tests reveal that the camera produces sharp images and good color reproduction in decent lighting. Tech Radar adds that the shutter speed is also "acceptable."

Internally, the Desire 601 has a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Various benchmark tests performed by Hardware Zone place the phone's performance in the middle of the competition. While not lightning fast, Tech Radar found no issues with speed as all apps opened and closed quickly though they go on to say that the device does have slow screen response. Onboard storage is limited to 8GB though HTC software reduces that total to 4.68GB. The phone does however sport a microSD slot for additional storage.

General consensus is that the Desire 601 offers decent features for a mid-range phone. Trusted Reviews calls this product "sensible" while Gadget Guy states, "if you like the simple design of the HTC One, but don't want to spend a fortune…the Desire 601 is an easy recommendation."

Operating system
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
5+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...

Beta News

I liked the HTC Desire 816 a lot, but the lower cost, lower specified Desire 610 seems to suffer from some badly made choices in order to reach its price. The screen resolution is a particular annoyance, and the chassis design does the phone no favours, with the screen being swamped in a lot of beze...

- Sandra Vogel, Beta News

The world’s first curvy smartphone might not be quite as awe-inspiring as we hoped, but as a phablet the LG G Flex is fun to use, with tons of great features. The multi-tasking abilities mean you can stay productive, or simply browse the web while watching video, while the 13-megapixel camera...

- Thomas Newton, Recombu
Digital Versus

The HTC Desire 601 certainly fits the bill as a mid-range phone, plus it has one major advantage: 4G compatibility. That makes it a good candidate for the months and years to come. That said, for just £60 more you can get a Google Nexus 5 or an HTC One Mini... and then there's the Alcatel One...

- Sofian Nouira, Digital Versus
Phone Scoop

The hardware is well built, looks good, and functions well. The screen might not be HD, but it still impresses. Phone calls sound good and battery life is decent.

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop

When all is said and done, what the HTC Desire 601 really offers is a decent set of specifications for a mid-range price point. While it is an entirely reasonable smartphone, I would not consider it particularly remarkable at this point in time. Although I would still consider it a solid performer,...

- Alvin Wong, UnleashThePhones

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the HTC Desire 601 user manual here.

HTC backs up the Desire 601 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Desire 601 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact HTC support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find HTC's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The HTC Desire 601's screen size is 4.5 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.

1.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Dual core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4 KitKat) operating system (OS).

5+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2100 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 768 minutes.

Desire 601 Specs

Release date November 5, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4 KitKat)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Dual core 1.4 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 2100 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 374 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 768 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 18.3 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Silver, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.4 x 6.7 x 1 cm (5.3 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 130 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel density 245 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
5+ megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Scenes, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
VGA (640 x 480)
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, AVI, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HTC Zara

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