Vodafone Australia has just announced that the HTC Desire 601 will be available exclusively on its network. The smartphone is likely to go on sale in the coming days and customers will be able to pick this one up for free at $30 (€20) on a 24-month contract.
As AusDroid points out, Vodafone will launch the matte black version of HTC Desire 601, but the silver and red ones might go on sale later this year as well.
“If you want an affordable 4G phone with an advanced camera, great sound and loads of other great features, this is definitely a device you should check out. HTC makes fantastic phones and the Desire 601 is no exception. We are pleased to be able to offer it exclusively to Vodafone customers,” said Vodafone General Manager of Devices, Katie Turkal.
The smartphone ships with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and HTC Sense 5.0 UI out of the box. Hopefully, HTC will offer a major upgrade for the Desire 601, either Android 4.3 or Android 4.4 KitKat.
Hardware-wise, the Desire 601 offers pretty decent features, such as a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz and 1GB of RAM.
The smartphone packs only 8GB of internal memory, but users will be able to add more storage via microSD memory cards (up to 64GB).
HTC Desire 601 is one of the first that doesn’t feature BeatsAudio technology. Instead, the Taiwanese handset maker included its own BoomSound audio features. That’s not a downside however.
Furthermore, the mid-range handset sports a 4.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display that supports 540 x 960 pixels resolution and 245ppi (pixel density).
Last but not least, the Desire 601 packs a decent 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording, as well as secondary VGA front-facing camera for video calls.