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According to Gartner, India is the world’s fastest growing Smartphone market. Smartphone sales in India increased by 166.8%. It also revealed that worldwide, smartphones sales now account for 53.6% of overall mobile phone sales in 2013, exceeding annual sales of feature phones for the first time.

Gartner reports that sales of high-end devices  will be low, while low and mid-range device sales will increase in developing markets. An increasing number of manufacturers will also realign their portfolios to focus on the low-cost smartphone sector. This will lead to a decline in average selling price and a slowdown in revenue growth.

Worldwide mobile phones sales, which includes both smartphone and feature phone sales, increased to 1.81 billion from 1.75 billion YoY. Samsung continued to be the biggest mobile phone company internationally by selling 444.44 million devices. Nokia meanwhile, managed to hold to number two position despite losing market share.

Competition woes aside HTC, the Taiwanese phone manufacturer , recently launched HTC Desire 501. HTC continues to amaze the consumers with their elegant design and performance. Desire 501 is in the mid segment area and targets specifically the youth with the stylish looks, judicious mix of hardware and software, and offer good web surfing experience.

HTC Desire 501

The original HTC Desire, released in 2010 was a hit among people with its attractive looks, cool build, a fairly good camera and a sea of apps. HTC has now debuted its mid-range smartphone, the 4.3-inch HTC Desire 501. It is a dual SIM and an affordable Android with a price tag of Rs 16,390. The phone has a reasonable display with its WVGA, super LCD 2 screen. The screen features decent brightness and colour balance, and offer users fairly reasonable viewing angles.

HTC Desire 501

The 501 is powered by a dual-core 1.15 GHz processor, backed by 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage; there’s also a microSD slot for memory expansion. This specification is standard for the price and the minimum that we can expect on an Android handset. On the camera front, there is an 8-megapixel snapper with auto focus.

Externally, the 501 is a good-looking phone with bevelled edges and a slightly raised screen, which together give it a chiselled, defined look.

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SPECIFICATIONS: HTC DESIRE 501

Size
128.5×66.9×9.8mm
Weight
130 g
Display
4.3″ WVGA, super LCD 2
CPU Speed
Dual-core, 1.15GHz
Platform Android
Android™ 4.1 with HTC Sense™ 4.0+
SIM Card Type
Dual microSIM
Network1

SIM 1: Up to HSPA (900/2100 MHz) with HSDPA up to 14.4 Mbps

SIM 2:

  • GSM/GPRS (900/1800/1900 MHz)
Memory2

Internal Memory: 8 GB

RAM: 1GB

Expansion memory microSD™ up to 32GB

Connectivity
  • 0.35cm stereo audio jack
  • Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX™ enabled (Bluetooth® 4.0)
  • Wi-Fi®:IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • NFC
Sound Enhancement
Studio quality sound with Beats Audio™
Camera
  • 8 MP camera with auto focus, LED flash
  • BSI sensor (for better low-light captures)
  • F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens
  • Front Camera: 2.1 MP with wide angle lens
Battery3

Capacity : 2100 mAh

SAR Value
Head:0.510 W/Kg@1g
Body:0.564 W/Kg@1g

 

You will get additional 25GB free space in Dropbox.

I am a user of HTC Desire C and the only problem with the desire series is that the battery drains quickly and I am sure that HTC might have looked into this issue while releasing this product. Otherwise I am a great fan of Desire series.

Overall a nice trendy smart phone in the price range of Rs.16000 and one of the best in configurations based on other phones in this range.

HTC Desire 501 is available in Flipkart and Amazon.

The review is written as part of the Twitter contest by HTC India under the hashtag #HTCDesire501