HTC presented two new handsets to attendees of its recent press event in Taiwan. Known as the Desire 501 and Desire 700 (dual-SIM), these two are the latest additions to the Desire family of mid-range Android smartphones.

The HTC Desire 501 (featured above) bears resemblance to the HTC One mini and One X. Its mobile CPU is clocked at 1.15GHz and reported to use the Cortex-A6 architecture, though this latter spec remains to be confirmed. Despite belonging in the mid-range tier, the device sports a relatively high-res rear camera and an ultra-wide-angle front camera that can shoot HD videos.

HTC Desire 501 Specs

  • Android OS (Sense UI)
  • 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen (480×800 WVGA), ~217ppi
  • 1.15GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • microSD support up to 32GB
  • 8-megapixel BSI main camera, with autofocus and LED flash
  • 2.1-megapixel front camera
  • 3G, WCDMA, HSDPA
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Dimensions: 128.5 x 66.9 x 9.8mm
  • Weight: 130g
  • Li-Ion 2100mAh battery

The HTC Desire 700, on the other hand, is a dual-SIM handset that looks closer to the company’s flagship device for this year—the HTC One. Many of its specs are far superior than those of the 501, such as a quad-core Snapdragon 400 chipset, bigger external storage expansion, and larger screen.

HTC Desire 700 dual sim

HTC Desire 700 (dual-SIM) Specs

  • Android OS (Sense UI)
  • 5-inch capacitive touchscreen (540×960 qHD), ~220ppi
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • microSD support up to 64GB
  • 8-megapixel BSI main camera, with autofocus and LED flash
  • 2.1-megapixel front camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • 3G, UMTS, HSPA
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Dimensions: 145.5 x 72 x 10.3mm
  • Weight: 149g
  • Li-Po 2100mAh battery

Both devices are listed in HTC’s official website to run an unspecified version of Android, with the Sense UI providing a customized experience for users. The Device 700 will also come with homescreen content aggregator HTC BlinkFeed. It seems for now that these two can only be had through Chunghwa Telecom in Taiwan, with no indication for an international release. Also showcased in the press event were the HTC Desire 601 and Desire 300.



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  1. The Desire 700 offers expandable memory and swappable battery, has excellent sound quality, and fast, decent camera. If you are willing to stomach a bit lower pixel density and larger than average chassis, the Desire 700 is one of your best shots at a dual SIM phone at the moment for its price.