HTC unveils Desire 500 mid-range smartphone… again, this time for Europe
Formally introduced to the world for the first time a couple of weeks ago and already launched in Taiwan, the HTC Desire 500 has earlier today gotten a second formal intro and some awfully vague details concerning its release on the Western hemisphere.
Specifically, we now know the 4.3-inch mid-range Android will see daylight in UK over the next weeks, with other European countries set to get it soon after that. No words on the Desire 500 ever hitting American shores, but it’s not like there’s anyone around those parts waiting for it with bated breath.
Mum’s still the world on old continent pricing, which will likely be the make or break element here. Remember, this fellow costs NT$ 11,900 (roughly US$ 400) in Taiwan, so a little on the expensive side of things considering.
There will be two Desire 500 color options in Europe, fancily named “Lacquer Black” and “Glacier Blue”, plus dual SIM and NFC versions available “in select markets”. Everything else should be same across the continent, starting with the meager 480 x 800 pixels resolution screen and extremely fresh but likely not so hot quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor (1.2 GHz clock speed).
In fact, the phone’s entire spec sheet is a pretty odd mixture of high-end-ish elements and textbook mid-end things. The bitter parts include 4 GB of on-board storage and a 1,800 mAh battery, while the sweets are Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5 UI on top, microSD support, 1 GB of RAM and 8 MP rear-facing camera.
All things considered, how much do you think HTC should charge for the Desire 500 in Europe? Does €350 sound right? How about €300? Less? Probably not happening.
Via [GSM Arena]