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HTC Desire 501 Hands on, Initial Review and First Impressions

HTC Desire 501 is one of the most affordable budget android phone and its powered with decent hardware configuration which includes decent dual core processor, great camera and good amount of RAM which makes it fast enough to be used on day to day usage. We got a chance to get the hands on of the latest HTC Desire 501, in this post we let you know about some of our first impressions about this new phone from HTC.


HTC Desire 501 Hands on Review [Video]

HTC Desire 501 Full Specs

  • Display Size: 4.3 inch TFT capacitive touch screen with 480 x 800 resolution
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Software Version: Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • OS Camera: 8 MP AF camera with Dual LED flash
  • Secondary Camera: 2.1 MP front-facing camera FF [Fixed Focus]
  • Internal Storage: 8 GB with 5Gb user available
  • External Storage: Yes, with microSD upto 64Gb
  • Battery: 2100 mAh battery Lithium Ion
  • Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • Others: OTG Support – Not Known, Dual SIM – Yes, LED Indicator – Not Known
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity

Design and Build

The design of the phone looks good and little bit different from some other phones which we have seen from HTC earlier, this phone comes in 3 colors and all these colors have a slightly different kind of design on the Blue, White and Brown version, however the brown version will not be able in India, but the blue and white color version will be the best. The build quality of the phone is pretty good, the back cover is glossy and can be removed, edges of the phone are flat but are slightly tempered which gives you a nice grip as well when you hold it one hands. The material used on the back cover is again plastic but its good and premium quality of the plastic used and the back cover also has a NFC chip inside.

Camera and Internal Storage


The rear camera is 8MP which has auto focus and BSI sensor for better low light photos, it can also record HD videos both at 720p and 1080p at 30 fps. The photo quality of the rear camera is good if not the best in low light and the day light photos were really good in colors saturation and sharpness. The internal storage of the phone is 8GB out of which you get around 5GB and you also have MicroSD card slot in which you can use 64GB max memory card and you also have the option to install apps directly on the SD card.

OS and Battery

The OS interface is covered with HTC sense 4.0 UI, but on the downside it does not run the latest version of HTC Sense UI but the device is snappy and faster in UI animations and we did not faced any lag in the UI. The battery on the device is 2100 mAh, should be sufficient for this phone with this much display size, we will tell you more once we do the full review of this phone.

HTC Desire 501 Photo Gallery


Initial Conclusion and Overview

This devices seemed to be pretty decent on build quality, form factor wise its pretty good and the hardware configuration is also good as per the price at which it comes, its not the thinnest but feels thinner with curved edge. We would like to give this device a thumbs up, lets see how does this device perform in Indian market in month of December 2013 around Christmas.


Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.