HTC Desire 500 goes official, coming to Western markets by end-August
The Desire 500 comes with a 4.3” 480 x 800-pixel display, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor and an 8-megapixel camera supporting highlights reels just like the ones in the HTC One. It also comes with 1GB of RAM and 4 gigs of internal storage, expandable via microSD cards.
The handset runs on Android Jelly Bean and supports HTC’s BlinkFeed.
“The Desire range has become renowned for bringing a premium mobile experience to the mass market,” HTC chief executive Peter Chou said. “This particular model, the Desire 500, is no different. It is perfect for people who are always-on-the-go, it enables powerful multitasking and live-streaming of important and interesting information, and it boasts an excellent camera and that bring your important moments to life.”
The handset comes in Lacquer Black and Glacier Blue, and features a cute rounded design, looking a bit like the Pebble-formed Galaxy S III. It’s more compact, though, and easier to use single handedly.
HTC officially unveiled the Desire 500 a few weeks ago, but it was a Taiwan-only version. Now, the international version is coming to Western markets by the end of August.
HTC Desire 500 goes official
HTC unveils new, mid-range Desire 500
HTC packs amazing camera with Video Highlights into quad-core-powered HTC Desire 500
London, 7 August 2013 – HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, is launching the recently-announced HTC Desire 500 in Europe. The Desire 500 is a powerful mid-range model featuring a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, HTC BlinkFeed and Video Highlights, which collates your images into a 30-second themed video reel. Available in the UK, with full details including stockists and launch date to be announced in due course, the HTC Desire 500 is designed for those who demand a superior mobile experience at an affordable price. The HTC Desire 500 will be available in Lacquer Black and Glacier Blue giving it a sleek and sophisticated look.
“The Desire range has become renowned for bringing a premium mobile experience to the mass market.” commented Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “This particular model, the Desire 500, is no different. It is perfect for people who are always-on-the-go, it enables powerful multitasking and live-streaming of important and interesting information, and it boasts an excellent camera and that bring your important moments to life.”
Your life through a mobile lens
Shoot and share every moment with the Desire 500’s 8MP camera, which combines with the dedicated HTC ImageChip processor to create spectacular stills and HD video. A 1.6MP front-facing camera also makes high-quality self-portraits easy. Capture the perfect smile automatically with face and smile recognition, transform your shots with a selection of creative filters, then share them immediately with friends, family and followers on your favourite social networks – all without needing to connect to a PC.
Changing the way we share special moments forever, Video Highlights also takes your stills and videos from one event or days’ shooting and compiles them into a 30-second reel, set to music according to one of six themes. By working with professional music editors, the image transitions for each theme are specifically timed to the tempo to ensure a professional result with zero effort.
Your favourite content live on your home screen
The HTC Desire 500 brings HTC’s acclaimed BlinkFeed to the Desire range. Transforming the home screen into a customisable stream of live information, HTC BlinkFeed is displayed on a stunning 4.3inch display and aggregates social streams and news, providing the freshest content at a glance.
Drawing on local and global content, BlinkFeed links to more than 10,000 articles per day from some of the world’s leading media companies including AOL, ESPN, MTV, The Financial Times and Reuters.
Smartphone performance that keeps up with the busiest lifestyle
Sporting a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, the HTC Desire 500 offers high-speed multitasking, super-fast web browsing and graphic-intense gaming on the move and, with support for microSD cards of up to 64GB, you need never run out of space for the photos, videos, apps and games that matter most.
The new HTC Desire 500 will be available with mobile operators and major retailers in select markets from August 2013.
The HTC Desire 500 will also be available with dual SIM support and NFC in select markets.
For more information visit www.htc.com.
4. sun0066 (Posts: 74; Member since: 12 Feb 2011)
yes , because Sony has so may high end phones in the market . I have not seen a really famous item from Sony since the walkman
3. Gaurav008 (Posts: 274; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
HTC makes beautiful devices. But pricing will kill it as usual. The processor is Snapdragon 200 and it would be either ICS or JB 4.1, They should price it alongside Samsung Galaxy Win or Galaxy Grand Quattro (depending on which market).
5. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
very very very beautifull design..
i like it very much and maybe my next phone.
great htc for its designer.
7. sonisoe (Posts: 323; Member since: 06 May 2009)
great specs with a quad-core processor, being a mid-range of course its clocked lower with a 1GB RAM..but hopefully we can expect excellent performance.
8. najib1312 (Posts: 99; Member since: 08 May 2013)
HTC is my favorite brand and they make the most beautiful phones in all segments of market. But their poor pricing strategy always forces me to turn towards to Xperia devices. I hope they get the pricing right this time atleast.
10. smallworld (Posts: 434; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
OMG that Snapdragon is weeeeeeeaaak!!!! Adreno 203 and cortex a5 ?? What are they thinking even Xperia L with 1ghz dual core is more powerful. This is not a great value in my opinion.
12. great (Posts: 58; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)
i think peter chou is suffering from memory loss ... so htc is paying tribute by manufacturing handsets with low or non expandable memory !