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HTC Desire 500 Heading West; 4.3-inch Budget Handset with Quad-Core CPU and BlinkFeed

August 7, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

While HTC is enjoying success with the One, it hasn’t stopped them from releasing more mediocre devices in the East with the likes of the Desire 200 and the Desire 500. While the 500 has been announced for availability in Taiwan, it’s now going to be heading West. As Engadget is reporting, the device is pegged to hit the UK shortly. The Desire range used to be at the forefront of HTC’s lineup but now, it’s been relegated to the lower leagues of the low-end and mid-range. They’re still decent devices but, we question whether or not HTC can hope to cover the same amount of ground in the mid-range as Samsung has in the past.

It’s going to be available in a choice of two colors, Lacquer Black and Glacier Blue, which are interesting names for smartphones to say the least. There will also be dual-SIM variants as well as those with NFC support, too.

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Let’s take a look at the device’s specs, shall we?

  • 4.3-inch 800 x 480 LCD Display
  • Quad-Core 1.2 Ghz CPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB of Storage with room for microSD cards
  • 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Android 4.1 with Sense 5 and features like BlinkFeed etc

So, while the device is nothing to turn heads, there are worse offerings out there. There’s no word yet on pricing but, we wouldn’t expect something like this to be super-cheap from HTC and it’d probably be better to spend the extra money on the HTC One Mini when that launches. The Desire 500 takes the same design cues from the One and the One Mini and we assume that in the UK at least, it’ll be launching on some pretty competitive contract pricing. Be sure to check out our weekly roundup of UK Android News for more info on the Desire 500. There’s no word yet on availability elsewhere but, we’d assume that HTC would sell this across Europe as well.

Samsung seem to have the mid-range and low-end parts of the market pretty much locked down, is there a chance for HTC to gain some ground here? Let us know in the comments below.