By Anton D. Nagy | November 27, 2013 7:43 AM
HTC introduces new Desire models in Taiwan today, as the previously sent out invitation implied. We’re looking at the dual-sim Desire 700 and 601 models, as well as the Desire 501 and 300 phones. While these mid-range HTC handsets are new to the Taiwanese markets, some of the models we have already seen, like the Desire 300 and 601, which HTC announced at the beginning of September. However, the Taiwanese Desire 601 is a dual-sim phone.
There are basically two new phones that join the larger Desire family, and they’re the Desire 700, and 501.
The Desire 700, pictured above, is also a dual-sim phone, packing a five-inch screen with a qHD resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, and helped by 1GB of RAM. Internal storage is capped at 8GB, but is expandable via micro SD card. The main shooter is an eight-megapixel unit, and there’s a 2.1MP front-facer to back it up. HTC’s own Sense runs on top of Android and the BoomSound speakers offer entertainment features on the phone which looks shockingly close to the HTC One. The phone will cost NT$13,900, which translates to about $470.
The Desire 501, pictured above, has a 4.30inch WVGA display on the front, with a dual-core CPU clocked at 1.2GHz behind it. There’s also 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD, eight-megapixel camera, as well as what appears to be an older version of Sense on top of Android. Notable is also the fact that the 501 appears to be a crossover between the new and the old HTC design, with the HTC One-like top speaker grill, and the more conservative Desire design of the past, and the One X-like camera presentation at the back. The Desire 501 will cost NT$9,900, which is roughly $334.