HTC announced a new mid-range device from the Desire line-up in Taiwan, namely the Desire 500. In fact, we have known that this device was about to be announced since last week, when an invitation letter from Taiwanese manufacturer leaked.
The Desire 500 packs a 1,2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB RAM and 4,3-inch display of WVGA resolution, which is somewhat adequate for a mid-ranger of its type. The internal memory is very limited, as four gigabytes don’t cut it anymore, but thankfully HTC provided a microSD card slot for storage expansion. The camera department is fully-covered with an 8MP back shooter and a 1,6MP front-facer suited for video chats, selfies and what not. Connectivity-wise, the Desire 500 packs everything one could desire for (considering the mid-range position, of course): HSDPA, Bluetooth, GPS and even NFC come into play. The energy comes from the 1800mAh battery under the hood, which should give users a satisfying run on a single charge. Finally, the Desire 500 runs on Android Jellybean skinned with Sense 5.
HTC Desire 500 is about to hit Taiwanese shelves on August 1 for $399. We still don’t have information regarding the question whether the device hits other countries, but our guesses are that HTC will launch the Desire 500 in several other Asian countries, and then ship it across seas to America and Europe.