HTC announces two more budget freindly phones the Desire 700 and 501

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HTC is trying live up to its promise of gushing out more budget friendly phones, in September they announced the Desire 601 and today they are releasing two  more Desire phones that all have that HTC Design we have have come to love.

The Desire 700

The HTC Desire 700 is a dual SIM alternative to the HTC One mini or HTC One, it comes with huge 5″ screen at qHD resolution. It resembles the One family of phones with the front facing stereo BoomSound speakers. And it runs the same quad-core Snapdragon chipset (the S400 with four Cortex-A7 cores most likely, details are sparse) and offers 1GB RAM that we found in the One mini.

Other specs include:

  • An 8MP camera with a BSI sensor and an f/2.0 aperture
  • 2.1MP front-facing camera
  • 8GB of internal storage with support for microSD card.
  • Dual-SIM phone with HSPA support on the first SIM slot and GSM/EDGE on the second SIM slot
  • A 2,100mAh Li-Po battery
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The phone is priced around $470 (UGX 1.175m)


The Desire 501

This one has a 4.3″ WVGA screen, dual-core 1.15GHz processor , an 8MP/2.1MP camera combo as the 700 along with HTC ImageChip. There’s no stereo speakers on the front nor does it have the Zoe feature.

Just like the Desire 700, the Desire 501 has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage with a microSD expansion slot and a 2,100mAh battery. The 501 is not a dual-SIM phone and will cost you $330 (UGX 825,000).

Still, the Desire 501 is like the 700 in several other aspects, it has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage with a microSD expansion slot and a 2,100mAh battery. This gives the phone several weapons over the One mini (card slot, bigger battery) but the screen is no match for the 720p LCD on the mini, nor is the CPU up to par with the Krait-based chipset.

The 501 is not a dual-SIM phone, you can look to the very similar HTC Desire 500 for that.

The phone will cost NTD 9,900 ($330) in Taiwan.