Just ahead of IFA in Berlin, HTC is dropping news of two new phones and a speaker accessory. The two new phones are the Desire 601 and 301, which round out the midrange tiers of HTC's 2013 smartphone portfolio, and a "vivid blue" variant of the HTC One and One mini. Finally HTC is announcing a new accessory dubbed BoomBass which accompanies the HTC BoomSound experience with lows that the HTC One's dual front facing speakers can't quite produce. 

Desire 601

The first is the Desire 601 which looks it takes industrial design cues from something of a cross between the HTC One S and One X. The 601 looks to include relatively modest specs, and includes a 4.5-inch qHD display, 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 400 (MSM8930) SoC, and 5 MP rear facing camera with aperture and focal length that mirror the One system from the previous year's lineup. The 601 also continues the use of stereo front-facing speakers. 

Desire 300

The Desire 300 is a rung below the 601, with an older Snapdragon S4 SoC (maybe MSM8x27) at 1.0 GHz and 4.3 inch WVGA display. Camera moves down to 5 MP with F/2.8 aperture and 34mm equivalent (35mm equiv) focal length. 

  HTC Desire 601 HTC Desire 300
SoC 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 400 (MSM8930) 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Display 4.5-inch qHD 4.3 inch WVGA
WiFi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Storage 8 GB, microSD Expansion (up to 64 GB) 4 GB, microSD Expansion (64GB)
I/O 3.5mm headphone, microUSB 3.5 mm headphone, microUSB
OS Android with HTC Sense (4.2.2) Android with HTC Sense (4.1.2)
Battery 2100 mAh 1650 mAh
Size / Mass

134.5 x 66.7 x 9.88mm, 140g

131.78 x 66.23 x 10.12mm, 120g
Camera 5 MP rear facing, 1.4µm pixels, 1/4" size, F/2.0, 28mm 5 MP rear facing, F/2.8, 34 mm
Price ? October 2013 ? October 2013

The HTC Desire 601 runs Android 4.2.2, the Desire 300 runs Android 4.1.2 probably because of the older SoC inside. I've made a table based on the specifications that HTC has made public for the two new devices. Availability is given as being in October 2013, with no specific word on pricing.

Next up is a bluetooth accessory for HTC phones, a discrete compact subwoofer with dedicated amplifier designed to accompany the BoomSound experience on smartphones, called BoomBass. There's no supplied photograph of the BoomBass, but hopefully it's small and compact. Supplying a discrete subwoofer and nothing more is a bit interesting, since HTC already has the Beats Pill accessory which works well. The BoomBass apparently is designed to fill the bass frequency response lacking from the BoomSound speakers on HTC's phones.

HTC is also announcing a "Vivid Blue" variant of the HTC One and One mini, which will arrive in some markets Q4 2013. That variant looks pretty striking, but there's no word on what that translates to for the USA operator landscape. 

Source: HTC Desire 601, Desire 300

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  • KayRissa - Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - link

    That blue really stands out!
  • gobaers - Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - link

    It's terribly confusing that "Snapdragon 400" has both Krait 200 and Krait 300 parts. How large a drop is there in both IPC and overall performance? Do the 15% / 20-30% figures (respectively) still hold?

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