HTC released the Desire 601 in October 2013 and many users had only words of praise about it. The Grand Neo is bigger and looks a lot like its predecessor, the Galaxy Grand from which it borrowed some features. But let’s compare these cool phones and maybe you’ll decide to spend your saving on one of them.
Displays, designs and sizes
The HTC Desire 601 features a plastic back panel which is available in three colors: red, white and black. It has a 4.5inches TFT display with 540x960pixels and 245ppi, which is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, and because of its medium size (134.5×66.7×9.9mm) and weight (130grams), the phone feels comfortable to hold in one hand.
The Grand Neo is quite bulky, measuring 143.7×77.1×9.6mm and it’s 33grams heavier, it has a plastic body and on the right side you’ll find the power button, on the left side you’ll find the volume rocker and on the top there’s the audio jack, while the USB charging slot is located at the bottom. The display is also TFT, with the size of 5.01inches, but the resolution is lower – 480x800pixels, giving a pixel density of 186ppi.
Hardware and OS
The HTC Desire 601 runs decently with a 1.4GHz dual core processor, which is backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset and an Adreno 305 GPU. It comes loaded with Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, but you can simply upgrade it to v4.4.2 (KitKat). If the 8GB of internal storage isn’t enough for you, you can expand it up to 64GB. Also, the phone has 1GB of RAM, an accelerometer and proximity sensor.
The Grand Neo, on the other hand, has a quad core 1.2Ghz Cortex A7 processor based on a BCM23550 chipset, which couples with 1GB of RAM. It comes in two variants of internal memories, 8 and 16GB, which are expandable up to 64GB. The phone runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS and has in addition a compass sensor.
Both phones have rear cameras with an average resolution of 5MP and mutual features such as autofocus, LED flash and geo tagging. The HTC model also features face and smile detection, 1/4” sensor size and 1.4µm pixel size and the video recording capability is at 1080p@30fps, while its opponent records at 720p@30fps. The secondary cameras on both smartphones are VGA.
Both phones have user replaceable batteries with the same capacity – 21000mAh, but the HTC Desire 601 has a Li-Po battery with which you can talk approximately 13hours on 3G, while the Samsung handset has a Li-Ion battery with which you can talk 11hours on 3G.
The HTC Desire 601 is priced at 335 dollars. The Grand Neo 8GB variant costs 229 dollars and both phones can be purchased from amazon.com
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