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India, like any other emerging market, is significantly important for HTC. Internationally, HTC is struggling to sell its premium ranged HTC One. With Beats Audio already announced to buy back $256 million worth of HTC's shares; it's clear that the Taiwanese-based tech vendor is set to face tough times ahead. Without a doubt HTC need to launch low-to-mid end handsets, and India could become one of the biggest markets for Butterfly S maker.
HTC India has pledged to become active again, and we're expecting to see new launches in the coming days to come. Today, GizBot spotted two new HTC handsets on a leading online shopping website. The HTC Desire 601 and Desire Q will be launched soon, according to the listing on Saholic. Few days back, we saw the debut of HTC Desire 601 or HTC ZARA, fondly remembered by its codename. The other device, HTC Desire Q was announced back in April globally. Both devices are currently tagged under the ‘Coming soon' tab.
A good look into the respective HTML code of the webpage shows that the HTC Desire 601 will cost Rs 29,990 in the Indian market, while the Desire Q costs consumer Rs 12,999. We're not sure about the pricing. However, HTC will try to announce these devices in India around festive season.
The HTC Desire 601 comes with a 4.5-inch qHD display having resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. It is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of ROM (expandable up to 64GB via a microSD card slot). There's a 5-megapixel rear facing camera and a VGA quality front facing camera. The makers have added a 2,199mAh Li Ion battery. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean comes out of the box with Sense 5.0 on the top. Other connectivity options include: 3G, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Beats Audio, USB 2.0, amongst others.
The HTC Desire Q is a low-end Android smartphone. The device comes with a 4.0-inch Super LCD2 display having resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Further, it will be powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor couple with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of ROM (expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card slot). There's a 5 rear facing camera with Auto Focus camera and LED Flash light. Android ICS comes out of the box. The makers have added a 1650mAh Li Ion battery inside. Other connectivity options include: 2G GSM, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Beats Audio, USB 2.0, amongst others.
Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates.