HTC had on December 10 announced three new Android smartphones for India, namely Desire 501, Desire 601 and Desire 700. We have already discussed details of Desire 501 (read here). The HTC Desire 501 is priced at Rs 16,890 and is set to hit the Indian market from this week. At around the same price, Samsung is currently offering its famous Galaxy Grand Quattro.
Thus let’s see how they fare against each other in a one to one comparision.
Design & Display:
The HTC Desire 501 measures 128.5Ã—66.9Ã—9.8mm and weighs 130 grams. The Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro measures 133.3×70.7×9.65 mm and weighs 143.9 grams. This difference in dimension and weight was obvious as the Desire 501 has a 4.3 inch display while the other has a 4.7 inch touchscreen.
Ironically, both the smartphones have 480×800 pixels resolution but since the Desire 501 has a smaller screen, it has better pixel density than the Grand Quattro. To be specific, the Desire 501 has 217 ppi pixel density while the Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro has 198.5 ppi pixel density.
OS and Processor:
Both the smartphones come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system as well as 1 GB RAM. But the Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro looks lot better with its 1.2 GHz quad core processor against the HTC Desire 501 which has a 1.15 GHz dual core processor.
This incursion is drawn as Grand Quattro’s has four processing cores while the Desire 501 has two processing cores. But as per our experience (Samsung Galaxy Tab 3: Better than quad cores ), a well optimised dual core performs lot better than even low cost quad core handsets.
HTC Desire 501 has 8 GB internal storage (around 5 GB is expected to be available for users) and 64 GB micro SD card slot. On the other hand, the Galaxy Grand Quattro comes with 8 GB internal storage and 32 GB micro SD card slot.
Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro boasts of a 5 megapixel auto focus rear camera with an LED flash and a 0.3 megapixel front camera. Against it, the HTC Desire 501 comes with an impressive 8 megapixel auto focus rear camera with BSI sensor that is known for aiding low-light photography. The rear camera has f2.0 aperture and 28mm lens and is said to be able to capture HD videos. The Desire 501 has also a dedicated HTC ImageChip that said to help decrease noise, increase color accuracy, and assist with the speed of the continuous focus.
The HTC Desire 501 has a 2.1 megapixel front camera with F2.0 low-light lens. We at this point of time cannot though verify the true nature of the cameras of any of these two handsets.
The HTC Desire 501 has dual SIM slots but SIM 1 supports 3G network while the SIM 2 is meant for 2G. Besides, it has WiFi (b/g/n), Bluetooth , NFC, 3.5 mm jack, and a micro USB port.
In Grand Quattro too there are two SIM slots and thankfully both of them support 3G. It has also WiFi, micro USB, and 3.5 mm jack. But it does not have NFC. Also it has Bluetooth 3.0 version.
The HTC Desire 501 has a 2100 mAh battery. HTC has though not said anything about its battery back up. The Samsung Galaxy Grand has a 2000 mAh battery which claims to provide 11 hours of talktime and 210 hours of standby on 2G networks. Since HTC Desire 501 has a smaller screen and a slightly larger battery, we expect it to have better battery life than the Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro in similar conditions.
In view of the above comparison, I could certainly say that the Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro has only the advantage of a quad core processor but in all other departments (storage, battery, camera, screen quality, and connectivity), the HTC Desire 501 seems a better alternative.
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