HTC Desire 600

Headed to Russia, Ukraine, Middle East and Asia from June

Just 24 hours after the name was initially leaked, HTC has officially announced the Desire 600, a new mid-range handset aimed at Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The HTC Desire 600 sports many of the headline features of HTC's current flagship, the HTC One. You've got Jelly Bean (we presume Android 4.1, not 4.2) and Sense 5.0, a pair of beastly "BoomSound" speakers, the BlinkFeed home screen experience and Beats Audio. The new Sense 5 Gallery app has made it across, it seems, as has video highlights. Zoes, however, are not mentioned on the spec sheet.

The handset is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD. Around the back there's an 8-megapixel BSI camera with f/2.0 lens. That screen on the front is a 4.5-inch qHD panel, a significant step down from the One's 1080p SuperLCD3, but not a horribly low resolution. The Desire 600 dual also comes with dual SIM capabilities, and runs on 900/2100MHz HSPA networks with data speeds up to 7.2Mbps.

The HTC Desire 600 is due out in early June, starting in Russia, Ukraine and MEA (Middle East and Africa) -- no word of any plans for a wider European release just yet. We've got the full press release below, along with a few more photos.

 
HTC Desire 600 dual sim boosts the acclaimed Desire series
 
Quad-core processor, true dual SIM convenience and HTC BlinkFeed™ bring premium performance and versatility to the mid-range market
                                                                                                                       
HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, has today unveiled the new HTC Desire 600 dual sim, the first mid-range handset to offer HTC’s latest Sense 5 experience; HTC BlinkFeed and HTC BoomSound, most recently launched as part of the award-winning HTC One. Taking full advantage of Android Jelly Bean, the new model also offers super-fast quad-core performance, while the advanced Video Highlights feature enables maximum creativity at a more affordable price tag.
                              
“People rely on their smartphones every day to be their news channel, email inbox, social network and music player,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “The HTC Desire 600 dual sim combines speed and easy multitasking with the truly innovative HTC BlinkFeed home screen. The result 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.”
 
A smartphone designed to keep pace with life
Sporting a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, the HTC Desire 600 dual sim is able to support even the busiest of lifestyles. Capable of high-speed multitasking, super-fast web browsing and graphic-intense gaming, it offers exceptional performance whatever the task.
 
Dual SIM card holders give you the freedom of having two phones in one, making it easy to switch between multiple mobile accounts and keep you up to speed with all the elements of your world. Running the “dual active” system, the HTC Desire 600 dual sim allows you to have two SIM cards active all the times, enabling you to receive a call on one line, even if you are already using the other.
 
HTC BlinkFeed: Your favourite content live on your home screen
The HTC Desire 600 dual sim brings HTC’s acclaimed BlinkFeed to the Desire range. Transforming the home screen into a customisable stream of live information, HTC BlinkFeed is displayed on a stunning 4.5”, super LCD2 display and aggregates social streams and news, providing the freshest content at a glance.
 
Drawing on local and global content from more than 1,400 media sources, BlinkFeed draws on more than 10,000 articles per day from some of the world’s leading media companies including AOL, ESPN, MTV, The Financial Times and Reuters.
 
Video Highlights: Bringing your moments to life
HTC Video Highlights allows you to turn a day out into an entire experience that you can keep forever. Taking images captured on either the 8MP rear-facing or 1.6 MP front-facing camera, the HTC Desire 600 dual sim automatically creates professional-looking 30-second show reels without the need for advanced editing software. Simply select a music theme, alter the sequences and share your life movie with friends, family and social networks with a single tap of the screen.
 
HTC BoomSound: Sound you’ll want to share
The dual front-facing speakers of the HTC Desire 600 dual sim allow you to experience mobile entertainment as it is meant to be enjoyed. Complete with exclusive built-in amplifiers, whether you’re listening to music, watching movies or playing games, the speakers, which minimise distortion, offer a sharper, richer, wholly immersive smartphone sound. Beats Audio™ integration also takes the audio quality to the next level guaranteeing an experience as intense and high-powered as the device itself.
 
EMEA Availability
The new HTC Desire 600 dual sim will be available with mobile operators and major retailers in Russia, Ukraine and MEA from early June 2013. For more information visit www.htc.com.
 
There are 27 comments

rosser says:

I can't believe we're at the point where quad-core is mid-range...
This actually isn't too bad of a device.

Channan says:

I thought the same thing until I saw it was a Snapdragon 200. :/ If it would have been at least the S4 Pro, I would have been impressed.

cian1 says:

It looks sort of like the S2 specs wise

Bezel much?!

Ugly design

Jovax says:

you must look like crap

It doesnt have memory card,

Jovax says:

some people don't need memory card if you need look else were but don't troll and be hating on HTC

ryandt220 says:

The specs say that it has expandable memory by micro sd. I guess if you can't attack HTC for not having a memory card slot, you can because they don't throw one in for free?
I love the design, btw.

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But according to the Official Specs page by HTC, it will only come with 8 Gb internal storage, external storage through memory card is not listed

Eclectech says:

To me it looks kind of ugly in black, but it is absolutely popping in white with the red accents.

Marcus Lee says:

Am I the only one who notices this handset's 8MP camera > One's 4"UP"?

brivayla says:

HTC seriously makes some really nice handsets. Even though it's a mid range phone it still looks better than the gs4.

cckgz4 says:

Quad core but no ffc?!

JHBThree says:

It has a 1.6 megapixel front facing camera. Reading their press release helps.

Sam_And_Roid says:

8gigs of memory but still no SD card slot? That' can't be true..... might as well not sell this phone, you won't be able to get much done outside of regular calling/texting capabilities.

jrb363 says:

8GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD.

Reading is your friend.

jrb363 says:

This looks good for a midrange phone. I wonder how much off contract.

PaulDE says:

"That screen on the front is a 4.5-inch qHD panel, a significant step down from the One's 1080p SuperLCD3, but not a horribly low resolution."

I shake my head EVERY TIME when people go nuts over full hd screens in a phone. I mean, what the hell? In laptops and tablets it makes kinda sense, but for small devices it's just shear overkill. And why.. just to have something "bigger" to market?
720p is more than enough for phones, if ppi stays at or just a little over what the human eye can see. That way the hardware has to work less to render stuff and save battery life, too.

aapold says:

if it were 720p i'd be fine, but qHD is another step down. 1280x720 vs 960x540.

So it's two (which is significant) steps down.

PaulDE says:

Considering that 720p would be enough for 5 inches, and that 480p is more than enough for 3.3 inches.. i think qHD suites 4.5 inches not superb, but just fine.

carraser891 says:

how is quad core midrange? dual core I would say is midrange

It a quad core Cortex A5 with Adreno 203 GPU.

Paul Warner says:

Anyone know if both SIMs are 3G??

deadlock4400 says:

@Alex Dobie

Thanks for the post.