Rogers to release the HTC Desire 601 at $300 outright, $79 on a 2-year

Ian Hardy

November 1, 2013 2:34pm

Rogers and Fido announced last week that the HTC Desire 601 will arrive on their respected lineups on November 4th. Missing was the pricing, but we’ve received an internal doc that will give you a few days to start saving some cash.

First, as previously reported, Rogers and Fido will have exclusivity on the red version, but will also release a white variant. As for pricing, the doc notes that the no-term contract will come in at a reasonable $299.99 outright, or 79.99 on a 2-year contract.

The Desire 601 is targeted to “first time smartphone users” and sports a 4.5 inch display (540 x 960 resolution), 1.4GHz dual-core processor, a 5MP camera that captures 1080p HD videos, a 2100 mAh battery and runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

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(Thanks tipster!)

  • QQ

    This or the Xperia SP at $300? Hmmm………. I think the choice is clear!

    • Amparipaa

      clearly the Xperia… HTC devices are rubbish. i’d rather the nokia 625 myself (WP8 fanboi here)

    • stephane

      The HTC one to this day is probably still the best overall Android smartphone you can buy either that or the nexus 5.

    • Amparipaa

      i sworn off htc devices ever since experiences from me and a friend of mine were, let’s just say, “a pain in the a*s” that made us defect to other manufacturers.

      i haven’t looked back, and i will never use an htc device again!

  • Petephone

    no thanks, Nexus 5 arriving soon!

  • vn33

    Hmmmnnn … let me see!
    This at $300, or for an extra $50, get the Nexus 5 ???

    Yup .. .Rogers is after the “Look-you-can-get-a-$300-phone-for-$80″ crowd !!

    • Amparipaa

      i’d personally save my money by grabbing a moto g and using the rest on a decent bluetooth headset (ive heard the vizio bluetooth headsets are good, price-to-value speaking) in lieu of a 1080p 4.95″ screen and ungodly processor that i’d barely notice in my day-to-day routine…. cuz luckilly i don’t need to base my purchase off a spec-sheet to price comparison. it could still be the nexus 4 all over again, great hardware but with all the corner-cutting to achieve that price, it ended up being a steaming turd.

  • Accophox

    Google needs to get its advertising out for the N5 better in order for entry level devices like this to be priced more competitively. Until that happens, nobody cares that the N5 is $350, because nobody (very few) will have heard of the outright price that it’s available for on the Play store.

    • Amparipaa

      not every phone is cut out to be sold at a price point lower than the cost of manufacturing. for HTC of all companies it’d be economic suicide (giant margins and they still drain money faster than a guy obsessed with hookers and blow)

      the moto g will still be superior all-around to this turd though.