HTC Desire 501 Dual SIM Review

Gire Prasad By Gire Prasad, 13th Feb 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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This review is about HTC Desire 501 Dual SIM Smartphone!


HTC Desire 501 Dual SIM is an average phone with good performance with good looks. But it is worth with a 1.15GHz Dual core bundled with 1GB of RAM. We have tons of options to choose from at this price, but if you want to decent experience with sexy looks, this should be on your list.

The comprehensive review follows below.


The Desire 501 Dual SIM runs on Android 4.1 OS along with HTC's Sense 4.0+ UI. The processor is 1.2GHz and the RAM is complemented by 1GB, while on the memory front it provides a solid 8GB internal memory, which is expandable up to 32 GB.

The display is reasonable with WVGA super LCD 2 with an 800x480 pixels resolution. It has good colors and average brightness with convincing viewing angles.

Desire 501 features an 8MP camera with auto focus and LED flash along with a 2.1 MP front camera.

In terms of connectivity, its supports Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 along with micro USB connectivity and Dual SIM support.


Hands down - the Desire 501 Dual is one hell of a looker, with beveled edges and a slightly elevated screen giving it a chiseled refined look.

The phone features three capacitive buttons unlike the Desire 601 which has only two. There are two speakers, one in front on the top while one is housed at the bottom of the back panel. Both have the trademark HTC's beats audio technology which renders excellent sound quality.

The rounded edges provide a good grip and the phone feels comfortable in the hand. The front of the phone features the 2.1MP camera with a chrome ring circling around it. The back panel houses an 8 MP camera with LED Flash and auto focus which is a bit of a surprise as its end high end counterpart the Desire 601 Dual SIM has a 5MP camera only. The edges feature the volume rockers, while the top edge has the power/lock button along with the 3.5 mm audio jack. The bottom edge houses the USB port for charging and data transfer.

The back panel has a soft glossy plastic finish which feels good to touch even it can be quite slippery at times, especially under humid conditions. Removing the back panel reveals two micro SIM slots, a microSD slot accompanied by the 2100mAh battery.

Display, OS and Performance

The display proves average with decent level of colors and fair level of brightness which is expected from a device of this price range. It has a display PPI of 217 which is pretty standard considering the size and lacks richness. It lagged pretty much when watching 1080p videos.The quality was pretty decent, though the video didn't run as smooth as expected.

The OS accompanied with Sense UI has a nice minimalistic feel to it. There is a slightly delayed response, not something very significant that would be a cause for concern at this point. Same goes with multitasking, the UI does stutter while multitasking.

Coming to benchmark numbers, the Desire 501 scored decent figures in my benchmarking tests. In fact, the benchmark figures posted are almost the same compared with the Desire 700 Dual SIM which costs much more.

Gaming experience was decent with Asphalt 8 running fine.

With regard to battery performance, the Desire 501 Dual SIM packs a 2100mAh battery which can last you at least one day of normal usage. It can run for upto 4 hours while playing an HD video with Wi-Fi connectivity on. Though I personally felt that the phone takes a long time to reach full charge.


It has an 8 MP rear shooter at the back with a BSI sensor and F2.0 aperture. The camera is same as the one present in Desire 700 which is a high end device. The images are pretty sharp in well lit conditions and the camera dulls down when light does. It has the Zoe feature so you can capture pics and make videos of your loved ones.

1080p recorded videos are crisp and do justice to the camera. They record at a frame of 30fps which is pretty good.


If you prefer a good looking phone with decent performance, then this is for you. The camera is good as well unless the ambient light is dark and relatively good battery performance. The UI is power hungry and the device feels short to cope up with it. There are also other alternatives with good specs and competitive prices, so the consumer is spoilt for choice. It's a good buy if the price had been a tad cheaper.

Pros and Cons

Feels solid in hand
8GB in-built memory
Camera is surprisingly good
Battery backup fares well

Slightly overpriced
Battery takes time to charge
Bulky as well
Graphics performance isn't up to mark


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