HTC has announced the Desire 500, the middleman in the company’s 2013 Desire lineup, running on the latest version of Android with HTC’s Sense 5 UI on top and headed for Taiwan in August.
HTC has quietly announced the newest member of its 2013 Desire lineup, the Desire 500, a lower mid-range smartphone that packs a quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor and the newest version of the company’s Sense UI. The Desire 500 will be positioned between the extremely low-end (and outdated) Desire 200 and the Desire 600, both of which were launched in the past couple of months.
Inspired by the design of the One S, the Desire 500 sports a 4.3-inch display with an underwhelming 800 x 480 pixels resolution, and has 1GB of RAM accompanying the quad-core CPU. There’s an 8-megapixel camera on the back, 1.6-megapixel shooter on the front, 4GB of storage expandable via microSD card, NFC connectivity, dual SIM slots for select markets, and an 1,800mAh battery. HTC has opted for a standard speaker instead of BoomSound-enhanced dual ones, though you’ll have the customary Beats Audio technology in the headphones.
In terms of software, the new Desire runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with HTC’s Sense 5 UI, with many of the same features that you find on the HTC One – there’s the BlinkFeed homescreen for staying up-to-date with social networks and other websites, Video Highlights in the gallery for creating short 30-second clips, and multi-shot burst mode in the camera for taking pictures in quick succession.
HTC Desire 500 Specifications:
- 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 4.3-inch LCD display, 800 x 480 pixels
- 8-megapixel rear camera, 1/3.2″ BSI sensor
- 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera
- 4GB internal storage, microSD card slot
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, NFC
- 1,800mAh battery
- Beats Audio
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, HTC Sense 5 UI
The suggested retail price of the Desire 500 is NT$11,900 (around US$400), which is quite high for what is on offer (has HTC ever set the price right?), though hopefully it will go down to a sensible level soon after launch. It will be arriving in Taiwan on August 1 as a Taiwan Mobile exclusive, with no mention of a time frame for release in other countries.