HTC Desire 601 Red

What you need to know

  • Get O2 4G on this phone - 4G info
  • Red colour exclusive to O2
  • HTC BoomSound™ - dual stereo speakers and built in amplifiers
  • Live home screen with HTC Blinkfeed™
  • HTC Zoe™ brings your photo gallery to life
  • Doesn't come with a charger (we explain why below)

Full details below

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Entertainment in a flash

Get fast data speeds with the HTC Desire 601's 4G connectivity, driven by a powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor. This means you can stream and download your favourite music and videos, quickly and easily. You'll also benefit from rapid photo sharing and downloading.

Even better to share

Pump up the volume with dual frontal stereo speakers that shoot sound at you, not away from you. The built-in amplifiers give you a crisp, powerful sound, making it easy to share music, videos and games with your friends and family.

Capture the moment

You'll never miss a moment with the HTC Desire 601. Thanks to the HTC Zoe™ camera function, every picture you take will record three seconds of video, capturing the before and after of each shot. And when you're done for the day, the Video Highlights feature will make a 30-second movie using your photos.

Stay in the loop

The HTC Desire 601 keeps you up to date with the things that matter most to you. With HTC BlinkFeed™ you can personalise your live feeds, so you'll get the latest posts, blogs, scores and stories, all continuously updating on your home screen.

Why doesn't this phone come with a charger?

O2 is working to try and reduce waste. And as 70% of people already have a USB charger at home, we've decided to not include one with your phone. If you do need a charger, add one at a discounted price – you can do this after choosing your tariff. O2 does not make money from selling the charger separately.


Overall Specification

Talk Time
12.8 hrs on 3G
Standby Time
440 hrs on 3G
134.5mm x 66.7mm x 9.88mm
Screen Size
4.5" qHD
Internal Phone Memory
8GB | RAM: 1GB
External Phone Memory
microSD up to 64GB
Email Capability
POP3, IMAP4 or Exchange, push email
Operating System
Android™ with HTC Sense™ | HTC BlinkFeed™


5MP auto focus camera | BSI sensor, Pixel size 1.4 µm, Sensor size 1/4" | HTC Image Chip and Continuous shooting | F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens | Smart Flash: Five levels of flash automatically set by distance to subject | Panorama | VGA front camera | HTC Zoe™ with Sequence Shot, Always Smile and Object Removal
Video Capture
1080p video recording | VideoPic, Slow motion video recording with variable speed playback | Gallery with Video Highlights and HTC Share | Front Camera: VGA Camcorder encoding | Video supported formats: Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3); Recording: .mp4
Media Player
Audio supported formats: Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9) | Recording: .amr
FM Radio


Data Connectivity
3.5 mm stereo audio jack and microUSB | Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX™ enabled | Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n | DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer | Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor | GPS/AGPS+GLONASS | HTC Connect™
Band Type
4G - LTE: 800/900/1800/2600 MHz Upload speeds: up to 50Mbps, Download speeds: up to 100Mbps | 3G/3.5G - UMTS/HSPA:900/1900/2100MHz with HSPA+ up to 42Mbps | 2G/2.5G - GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX™ enabled
Stereo Bluetooth
IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
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And because you pay for them separately, you can pay off your Phone plan whenever you want and get yourself the latest smartphone.

Get cash for your old phone with O2 Recycle

See how much your phone is currently worth – find it in the dropdown menus below to get your quote.

Buy a new phone and you'll see a link to O2 Recycle on your confirmation page. Or to recycle now, visit our website or bring it along to your nearest O2 store.


We've already given our customers £50 million since we launched in 2009.

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We won't be beaten on price. If you see your item being recycled for a more than we've given you within 7 days of submitting your order, let us know. We'll check it out and if you're right, we'll match that price.

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O2 Recycle is open to everyone – no matter what network. It costs you nothing to send your phone or gadget to us and we'll pay you same day we receive it.

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To recycle your gadget now, visit our website or bring it along to your nearest O2 store.


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Before you buy

Choosing your latest phone? Here's all the important stuff you need to know before you put it in your basket.

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We won't charge to get it to you
We offer free UK delivery on all our phones, sims, accessories and mobile broadband. And you can choose which working day you can get your phone delivered – for no extra charge.

Click and Collect

Not able to wait in for a delivery?
Click and Collect means you can choose to collect your order from any UK store, including Northern Ireland. You can select Click and Collect at checkout - use our store locator to find the most convenient store for you.


Keep your number (if you want to)
Whether you're with O2 already, or have moved from another network, we'll help you keep your number. One you've got your new phone, come back to and search 'Keep my number' – we've got Support pages to help with this that should pop up. Fill in a form and we'll do the rest.


Changed your mind?
We want you to be completely happy with your new phone. So if you're not, send it back to us within 7 working days and we'll give you a refund or an exchange. If it's faulty and you've had it for less than 14 days, we'll replace it or give you your money back - longer than two weeks and we'll get it fixed.

4G Ready

4G ready
Phone 4G ready. 4G sim and software update required and additional charges may apply for 4G service.

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This phone's 4G ready.
If you've got O2 4G coverage and you choose a 4G tariff
you'll be able to download music, stream videos, and play
games faster than ever before.

O2 4g coverage

98% - that's the percentage of the UK population that's going to have access to O2 4G coverage by the time we're finished rolling it out.

4G is available for Pay Monthly, Pay & Go and mobile broadband customers across the country - from Paisley to Sevenoaks. Find out what coverage is like near you.

Don't have 4G coverage yet?

You can still get this phone and choose the tariff that's right for you – including the ones with the bigger data bundles.

Why O2 4G

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O2 Tracks

Download all the Official Top 40 hits. Stream the best music videos. And get 4 weeks of O2 tracks with music videos for free.

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Priority Sports

Free and exclusive Priority Sports videos from your heroes every week. Supercharged by O2 4G.

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O2 Games

Challenge your mates online with the top multiplayer games. Exclusively over O2 4G. And don't worry about using up your data - game play is completely on us.

Data Explained

Whenever you use the internet on your phone, you're using data - whether it's browsing the web, sending an email, or watching a TV programme.

Downloading and using apps will also take a slice out of your data allowance.

Not sure how much data you need? Use our data calculator to help you out

Help with mobile data

The O2 Gurus have put together a quick guide to help you make sense of mobile data.
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The small print:
O2 Tracks: 4 weeks of O2 Tracks with music videos for free, for all 4G o2 Post Pay and Pay & Go mobile customers. £1.50 per week charge applies after free trial (opt out available). Compatible device required. May use your data allowance or data charges may apply.