Decent looking dual sim phone.
HTC has recently unveiled the Desire 600, a mid-end Android dual SIM smartphone.
The appearance is premium and our test unit came clad in black. Measuring just 67x134.8x9.26 mm, and weighing just 130gm, the Desire 600 is a good fit in the hand, matte finish on the back adds to the anti-slip feel.
The 4.5in qHD screen shares the front with two touch sensitive buttons and two grilled speaker bars, this is similar to the manufacturer's previous flagship devices. Touted as a "boom box", these speaker units are placed on top and bottom of the screen.
The device packs in a Snadragon 200 based SOC, Qualcomm MSM8625Q Cortex A5, a Quad Core processor with a clock speed of 1.2GHz. In addition, the Desire 600 has 1GB Ram and 8GB inbuilt memory with an Adreno 203 based GPU. The device also has an external micro SD card slot, the memory can be expanded up to 64GB.
The phone has 8 megapixel and 1.3 megapixel rear and front cameras. Both cameras boast of a back illuminated sensor and 2.0 f-stop, ensuring quality performance in low lighting conditions. The rear camera is also capable of recording full HD videos at a 720x1280 resolution.
Android Jellybean 4.1.2 is overlaid with the Sense 5.0 user interface. Most features of this interface remaoin the same as in the earlier HTC one devices except a few tweaks — like the dual SIM management. The
superLCD 4.5in screen has a 960x540 pixel resolution. The quality is decent with neutral colours and ample brightness, the viewing angle is pretty decent too. With a 240 PPI density, the screen falls short of the latest high end smartphones, but it is functional for standard use.Rounding up the configuration is the 1860mAh battery, which lasts for a day on a full charge.
The Desire 600 is a decent looking Android handset with good performance. The only flaw is its price — Rs 26,999 on web at the time of this review — which is just Rs 2,000 less than what the super impressive Nexus 5 costs! If HTC considers this and cuts down the price by a few thousands, this device will surely be a decent buy.
VERDICT: Rugged build quality, feature rich but over priced