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Few months back, Sony was no different from HTC. This Japanese giant, who had a split with Sweden based Ericsson, was trying to recreate its own identity. Tech vendors like Samsung and Apple were making waves in the smartphone market. In 2012, Kazuo Hirai was appointed as a CEO of global conglomerate.
The energetic Hirai announced "One Sony "plan and now we can see the results. Sony stormed smartphone market by announcing Xperia Z, Xperia SP and now the latest Xperia ZR. The makers behind PlayStation 4 have managed to dethrone its rivals in select markets, while HTC is still facing lot of difficulties to bring the company back on track.
Earlier in the year, we saw the coming of HTC One. It's a monster phone with palpable specifications. Now the firm has come with a mid-end Android device called HTC Desire 600. It's a Dual SIM phone with in-built quad -core based processor. The best way to understand the device is by comparing it with similar priced handset. GizBot chose Sony Xperia SP, another mid-level Android phone. Let's see who will win over the other.
Design and Aesthetics
The Sony Xperia SP has a refreshing design with curved aluminum frame, while the rear back is made from polycarbonate plastic. The design is different from Xperia Z. Underneath the display; you will see illuminating LED lights, which doubles as notification hub.
There's no physical home key. You can remove rear back cover. The microSD card slot is hidden inside phone. On the other hand, HTC Desire 600 is yet another stellar mid ranged device. The phone is made of plastic and lot of features found on Desire 600 has been ported from the One.
You will also see dual speakers on the front and capacitive buttons placed under the display. The Xperia SP weighs 155 grams, while the HTC made handset weighs 130 grams. The Desire 600 comes in Dual SIM flavor. On the other hand, Sony Xperia SP does not support this feature.
Sony Xperia SP - 130.6 x 67.1 x 10 mm
HTC Desire 600 - 134.8 x 67 x 9.26mm
The Xperia SP has a large 4.6-inch TFT display having resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. While the Desire 600 packs a 4.5-inch qHD Super LCD2 display with 960 x 540 pixels. In technical terms, a display having 720p HD resolution is comparatively better than quarter High-definition display. But the devices need to be tested in order to understand the viewing angles and color tones.
Sony went for 1.7GHz dual-core processor powered by Qualcomm MSM8960T Snapdragon processor. The HTC Desire 600, on the other hand, is stuffed with Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor. It's a quad-core processor, 1.2GHz. Both handsets have same sized 1GB of RAM and 8GB ROM. And yes, these handsets are expandable via microSD card.
Operating system (0S)
It is an important factor, if a phone supports latest updated version of Android. The HTC Desire 600 runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with HTC's new Sense 5.0 layer on the top. The new UI brings BlinkFeed to the table. It's a new way to perceive your environment.
The Xperia SP also comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Sony uses its own layer on the top of OS i.e. Xperia UI. We haven't seen any drastic changes in the Xperia UI. Being manufactured by Sony, the only added advantage with Xperia SP is that the device is pre-loaded with all company branded services.
Sony owns Cyber-shot brand, which is known for being the best in the imaging business. On the other hand, HTC phones are known for great camera. Both HTC Desire 600 and the Sony Xperia SP come with an 8-mega pixel rear shooter on the back.
The Xperia SP has an 8MP camera with Auto Focus and LED Flash. It supports superior Auto mode and you also get HDR feature too. Same can be said about HTC Desire 600.
Miscellaneous and battery life
The Xperia SP is better in terms of managing the battery life. Battery Stemina mode enhances battery life. You cannot remove 2,370mAh battery fitted inside Xperia SP. On the other hand, HTC had gone for less powerful battery (1860mAh), but you can change the battery any time.
Both devices have best audio quality in business. Traditionally, Sony devices come bundled with Walkman feature and this phone also gets same treatment. HTC supports Beats Audio. You will get to see 3G, 2G, GPS, NFC, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connectivity common between them.
Conclusion and price
Both above mentioned handsets have some negative and plus points. The Xperia SP has a better display, at least on paper. And another highlight to own this phone is the high capacity battery life.
While, the HTC Desire 600 still uses qHD display, this is not acceptable in 2013. The processor is, surely, faster than that of Xperia SP. The battery is removable, again fine with many users. The Dual SIM nature makes it a better handset than Xperia SP.
Price wise, the Xperia SP retails for Rs. 25,490, which makes it affordable. Even the HTC Desire 600 costs Rs. 26,990, considering it features Dual SIM functionality and quad core processor. Let us know in the comments section below, as to which one will you go for.