Virgin Mobile, a prepaid carrier, has announced immediately availability of the HTC Desire smartphone. Don’t confuse it with another Desire that HTC launched back in 2010. The model that Virgin Mobile has picked up is actually called Desire 601 in various other markets. Its a mid-range smartphone which is relatively affordable off contract, so a good option for those who don’t want to stick with a carrier for at least two years.
The HTC Desire has a 4.5 inch qHD display, a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dualcore processor with 1GB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, microSD card support, 5 megapixel rear camera as well as 4G LTE compatibility. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. This particular smartphone is actually often referred to as a watered-down relative of the HTC One, the all metal flagship smartphone which the Taiwanese manufacturer released earlier this year. The HTC Desire brings the custom Sense user interface as well as a number of other software enhancements not found in stock Android. It also features HTC Zoe, BlinkFeed as well as Video Highlights. Much like the HTC One, the Desire has dual front-facing speakers with HTC BoomSound. Virgin Mobile is selling the revamped HTC Desire for $279 without any lengthy service contract.