HTC De­sire 600

De­sir­able HTC

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - TEXT // KC TAN

The HTC One may be the Tai­wanese man­u­fac­turer’s flag­ship model but with its grand per­for­mance comes a big­ger price tag. With the in­tro­duc­tion of the HTC De­sire 600, mid-range users may find some­thing to de­sire for in this stylish and af­ford­able de­vice.

The De­sire 600 is a very chic smart­phone. The model we were given sports a nice pol­ished white fin­ish­ing with a red color frame around the edges of the 4.5-inch screen. Along the top and bot­tom edges of the screen are also where the De­sire 600 houses its trade­mark BoomSound dual speak­ers. And yes Mr. Wayne, it does come in black. More­over, re­gard­less of the larger screen size and dual speak­ers, the de­vice it­self is pretty slim with only a thick­ness of 9.26 mm.

How­ever, there are sev­eral draw­backs to the De­sire 600’s ex­te­rior. For in­stance, in spite of its stylish de­sign, the pol­ished plas­tic ex­te­rior does feel slip­pery and smudges on the screen are al­most unavoid­able. Aside from that, the plas­tic cover at the back of the de­vice does a good job at col­lect­ing dust and lint; so neat freaks be­ware!

One of the most no­table fea­tures of the De­sire 600 when you pop open its back cover is that the de­vice fea­tures a dual SIM card func­tion, sup­port­ing up to two mi­cro SIM cards. Be­sides that, the De­sire 600 also al­lows users to re­move and swap-out the bat­tery which is typ­i­cal of most cur­rent smart­phone de­vices. Look­ing in­side the de­vice, the De­sire 600 sup­ports up to 64GB of ex­ter­nal stor­age on top of the 8GB core in­ter­nal stor­age. It is also en­dowed with 1GB of DDR2 RAM.

In terms of per­for­mance, the De­sire 600 fared pretty well for a mid-range de­vice dur­ing our bench­mark tests. When run­ning the Antutu bench­mark, the De­sire 600 scored a mag­nif­i­cent 11,269. While run­ning 3DMark, it scored a solid 3,268. Fi­nally, on Epic Citadel, it av­er­aged out at 28.2 FPS, rank­ing its per­for­mance pretty high amongst mid-range smart­phones.

When it comes to bat­tery life, the 1860mAh ca­pac­ity bat­tery may seem pretty mod­est but the De­sire 600 is pretty well op­ti­mized, al­low­ing the de­vice to stay alive longer than you might think. On pa­per, it al­lows for up to 11.1 hours of nor­mal talk time for 3G and a whop­ping 577 hours on standby. This al­lows users the lux­ury to for­get charg­ing their bat­tery many times be­fore it fi­nally chooses to die out.

Tak­ing pic­tures is also a breeze with the De­sire 600. Equipped with an 8 megapixel back cam­era and also a 1.6 megapixel front cam­era for self-shots with auto-fo­cus, LED flash and a BSI Sen­sor, im­age qual­ity is pretty good. For videos, it al­lows 720p video record­ing. In the cam­era depart­ment, the De­sire 600 does noth­ing re­ally spe­cial but nei­ther does it leave room for com­plaint.

The De­sire 600 is a fairly good mid-range phone with good per­for­mance. It may not have many out­stand­ing fea­tures but does more than enough to sat­isfy the aver­age con­sumer.

Bench­mark scores don’t lie

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