HTC has officially unveiled a new smartphone in its Desire product line. Known as the HTC Desire 600, this mid-range smartphone is packed with features originally found in the company’s latest flagship device, the HTC One.
The HTC Desire 600 is a dual SIM smartphone — no single SIM variant will be available — that boasts a 4.5-inch Super LCD2 qHD display. Powering the device is a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor, along with 1GB memory and 8GB internal storage, which can be expanded via a microSD card slot. Capturing images is handled by an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera or 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera.
Added features that were first found in HTC’s high-end smartphone include elements of the new Sense 5 user interface. BlinkFeed is one example, which is a customizable stream of live information that aggregates the latest social streams and news. The HTC Desire 600 also comes with HTC BoomSound speakers and Beats Audio processing.
Seeing that people are depending on their handsets to access news, email, music, and others, CEO Peter Chou said the HTC Desire 600 is “an affordable mid-range phone that sets the standard for its class, keeping the busiest user up-to-date at a glance and offering them the power and range of features to switch between work and play.” As such, the device comes with BlinkFeed to offer both speed and convenient multitasking.
Aside from the aforementioned specs, the HTC Desire 600 is also equipped with NFC, GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Handling the mobile data is a dualband HSPA and triband GSM/EDGE antenna. LTE is not available. The device can accommodate two SIM cards that can be active simultaneously and allow calls from both accounts at any time.
Not all features of HTC One are headed to the Desire 600. For instance, the shooting mode HTC Zoe is absent and replaced by a similar feature called Video Highlights, which allows users to create 30-second video compilations and add music and themes during editing. Also note that the rear-facing camera is only capable of recording videos up to 720p. Furthermore, the battery is only at a lower 1860 mAh, but it can be fortunately removed with ease and swapped with a backup battery when the power runs low.
While arriving early June for Russia, Ukraine, and the MEA markets, no release schedule for the Philippines has been announced so far. Official price is also currently unknown but as always we’ll let you know once it’s out.