Amidst the not-so-shocking news of Microsoft buying Nokia’s handset business, HTC has announced a number of products, and among them is the Desire 601, which previously leaked under the codename Zara.

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The Desire 601 is more or less an HTC One mini, with similar looks but with no relation to the company flagship in name. In terms of features, however, the Desire 601 takes a few nice features from the HTC One and its mini variant, including the front-facing dual BoomSound speakers and the Sense 5 UI, complete with features such as BlinkFeed and Zoe, running atop Android 4.2.2.

The Desire 601 is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.4GHz, accompanied by 1GB of RAM. The display is one aspect where the device falls behind the HTC One mini – it sports a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, putting it in the realm of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 mini, which flaunts the same resolution albeit on a smaller 4.3-inch display.

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Rounding up the spec sheet is a 5-megapixel rear camera (without the UltraPixel tech, another downgrade over the One mini), capable of shooting 1080p video and featuring an f/2.0 aperture, though the front-facing camera is of a disappointing VGA resolution. There’s 8GB of internal storage expandable via the microSD slot, and Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, and LTE connectivity.

How much will the HTC Desire 601 cost? Well, the company wasn’t forthcoming with that detail, apart from saying it will carry an affordable price tag. It will be available in white, black and red in Europe, the Middle East and Africa around October, and if we go by the past history of HTC’s Desire series of handsets, we probably won’t see a release stateside anytime soon.

Via: Phone Arena