The HTC Desire 500 has been made official in an event in London, UK today. The smartphone, which was unveiled in Taiwan last month, is scheduled to hit Western markets this August. In some markets, the smartphone will offer dual SIM as well as NFC support.
According to HTC, this new smartphone offers to help consumers with multi-tasking needs. It packs a good camera and feeds them with relevant and significant information. In a nutshell, the HTC Desire 500 is said to be a smartphone that boasts of premium features and an affordable price.
HTC Desire 500 Specifications
The HTC Desire 500 comes with Android Jelly Bean OS with HTC Sense 5 UI, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, 4GB of storage capacity, a microSD card slot for expansion up to 64GB and 1GB of RAM. It also packs a 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a 1800 mAh removable Li-polymer battery. Battery life is estimated to run around 12 to 17 hours for voice calls, or 400 hours in standby mode. Meanwhile, its main camera has an 8 MP image sensor working with a dedicated HTC ImageChip processor. This camera’s features include filters, face recognition, smile recognition, and easy sharing to one’s social networks. On the other hand, its secondary camera has a 1.6 MP image sensor. The HTC Desire is available in two colors: Lacquer Black and Glacier Blue.
HTC Blinkfeed, Video Highlights
The HTC Desire also boasts of having BlinkFeed, a feature that is also found on the HTC One. BlinkFeed collects the most relevant information for the consumer on a single screen. This aggregate of content is taken from social network feeds, as well as news sources like Reuters, The Financial Times, MTV, and ESPN.
Also onboard is Video Highlights, a feature that gathers the photos and videos taken in a single day, and arranges them into a thirty-second video with music. Users can select from six themes to match the mood of each of these Video Highlights.
HTC Desire 500 Price
The official announcement did not mention the price of the HTC Desire 500 when it hits the market. In Taiwan, the smartphone is sold for the steep price of $400 off-contract. Supposedly, this high price encourages consumers to take advantage of the wireless carrier’s subsidized price. It is unknown at this point whether HTC will employ the same strategy outside of its home country.