HTC launches 4G smartphone

HTC has released a 4G-enabled smartphone into the UK market.

The HTC Desire 601, which is available in red, is powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz processor and comes with 8GB of memory, which is expandable to 64GB with a microSD card.

It comes with Android 4.2.2 Jellybean, which has been covered in HTC’s Sense 5.0 overlay. This gives the phone BlinkFeed, as well as HTC Zoe with video highlights and BoomSound speakers.

Boasting a five-megapixel auto-focus camera, the 4.5-inch qHD handset also has a front-facing VGA camera for video calling. It has a 960×540 screen resolution and is available exclusively with O2.

The Desire 601’s battery life offers nearly 13 hours of talk time on 3G and up to 440 hours on standby mode. The phone includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and a 3.5mm stereo audio jack.

HTC’s handset is reasonably priced for a 4G model at £240 for pay-as-you-go or free on two-year pay-monthly contracts starting at £17 a month. The latter option includes unlimited texts and minutes and 1GB of data.