HTC's first attempt at a premium dual-sim handset didn’t go down so well with its consumers. We are of course talking about the Desire SV which the company launched towards the end of last year in India. The SV had the makings of a good handset but the choice of SoC severely limited its functionality which made it a total dud. Now, HTC is taking another crack at this segment with the Desire 600. We now have a quad-core SoC sitting under the hood and a couple of cosmetic changes. But is this enough ammo to fend off last year’s flagships that have now fallen in price? Let’s find out.
Design and Build
We don’t blame you if you find it hard to spot the Desire 600 amongst other phones on display in a store. The handset has bland looks and doesn’t have a premium feel as well. It’s fairly slim at 9.3mm and quite light at 130g. The front houses a 4.5-inch Super LCD2 display but there’s no mention of any scratch protection. There are chrome accents around the top and bottom where the speaker and earpiece are placed. The back cover is removable and feels quite cheap although the texture does offer good grip.
Looks great in the right light
Ports and buttons take their usual spot and are within reach of your fingers, which is good. The Desire 600 has taken the capacitive button layout from the One so you’re left with just two usable buttons. There are two microSIM slots under the hood and a hot-swap microSD card slot for memory expansion. Overall, the Desire 600 isn’t very desirable as far as aesthetics are concerned. Sure, it’s comfortable to hold and use but we can’t shake that cheap feel of the chassis.
The 8MP shooter
The 600 comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and the beautiful Sense 5 skin that we fell in love with on the One. Everything’s pretty much the same as we left it on the One except for the addition of dual-SIM management. The 600 sold in India comes bundled with a whole mess of browser shortcuts in the app drawer, which are nothing but annoying. The interface is quick but certain animations stutter especially when you hit the home button.
Very nice UI
The display tops out with a pixel count of 254ppi, which may seem low but the low pixel count isn’t really much of an issue. The display has good brightness and sunlight legibility isn’t bad either. The colours are quite vibrant as well which is good for movies and games.
Dual microSIM and microSD card slot
The Desire 600 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8625Q running at 1.2GHz. This is a quad-core chip based on ARM’s Cortex-A5 architecture and is the exact same unit powering the Samsung Galaxy Win or Quattro as it’s known here. Despite the 1GB of RAM and four cores, the Desire 600 manages up to 720p video while 1080p playback struggles badly.
The 600 features Boom Sound just like the One which is probably the highlight of this phone. While the sound isn’t very crisp at high volumes like the One, it’s certainly loud and detailed. You can actually enjoy a movie or a concert on the phone without the need for earphones. Another good thing is that Beats Audio is system wide now so you can have it enabled even with third party audio and video players.
Functional media player
The stock video player supports MKV and AVI as well which is nice. You also have the option to capture a screenshot and battery levels and system is also displayed. There’s also FM Radio onboard. The Desire comes with 8GB of onboard memory out of which 4.6GB is usable.