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HTC Desire 500 launches, is an expensive mid-range smartphone

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HTC Desire 500 launches, is an expensive mid-range smartphone
HTC has just pulled the veil off the HTC Desire 500 in Taiwan, targeting younger adults. A Taiwan Mobile exclusive from August 1, the device has us a little perplexed over its price point of around $400 (NT$11,900).

The smartphone has sank its teeth deep into the design cues of some of the latest HTC offerings. Namely, the HTC SV and HTC One S appear to have both contributed to the Desire 500's look. This time around, however, the metallic encasing is traded in for plastic.

Regardless, there's no denying – the phone actually looks good. Unfortunately its specs sheet relative to its price tag leave much to be desired. A thoroughly unimpressive 4.3-inch 800x480 resolution display is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 200 clocked at 1.2GHz. Aiding the CPU with the brain work is an Adreno 205 GPU and 1GB RAM. Only 4GB of internal memory is available, fortunately – a microSD slot is available. An 8MP BSI snapper is found on the back, with a 1.6MP BSI front-facing camera also in tow. The device is 9.9mm thick, weighs in at 123g and is powered by a 1800mAh battery.

The HTC Desire 500 will come Beats Audio-equipped, along with an unspecified version of Android Jelly Bean running under HTC's proprietary Sense 5 skin and will also feature BlinkFeed. No BoomSound speakers are to be found.

Whether HTC's latest offering will manage to carve a niche for itself remains to be seen. To be completely frank, however, we aren't holding our breaths – not at this price point. A pity, since HTC's financial troubles need some immediate attention, and moreover – a solution.


source: HTC

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posted on 23 Jul 2013, 09:53 8

1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5150; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


The phone looks okay, but the button layout ruined it.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 09:59 2

6. htc_evo_3d (Posts: 84; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


i was about to say that.
i love button layout in htcevo3d. it has total four. home,menu,back,search. htc dropped search and menu buttons in future designs. :(

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 10:21 1

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7619; Member since: 14 May 2012)


So has every other OEM after ICS/Galaxy Nexus was released...

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 09:54 2

2. vandroid (Posts: 251; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


Nice colors

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 09:56 2

3. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Reincarnated one s

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 09:58 9

4. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Way too expensive...

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 10:22 2

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7619; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Snapdragon 200 for $400 lol.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 09:59 4

5. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2116; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


This is definitely on the very low end of mid range if not "entry level".

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 10:04

7. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Ehh... I disagree. It definitely falls into the mid-range category.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 11:02 4

19. Jason2k13 (Posts: 633; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


maybe you should look at 2013 midrange phones, not 2011 or 2012. 4GB internal memory pretty much sums this phone up.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 10:20

9. ngo2dd (Posts: 781; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


So the S4 mini as well then?

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 10:48 3

16. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2116; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I don't understand why you would even bring that into this. The S4 mini trumps this phone in almost every category. Higher resolution, faster processor, more RAM, bigger battery, etc. If you're gonna troll, at least try to sound semi-intelligent.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 13:08

23. trickster_qc (Posts: 80; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


S4 as a slower processor. dual core 1.7 VS quad core 1.2 for the Desire 500.

If you'll argue with trolls, at least get your facts straight.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 13:18 2

24. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2116; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


My facts are right, idiot. If you really think the Snap 200 can outperform the Snap 400, you are truly on something. The number of cores is irrelevant. Go do some research & you will realize whose facts are straight.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 10:11

8. Dro (Posts: 27; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


The Moto X is gonna kill this

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 10:21

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7619; Member since: 14 May 2012)


That phone will never see an update in its life. 480x800 instead of 540x960 on a screen really puzzles me as to why HTC would do that.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 10:23

13. SouljaBOY (Posts: 9; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


PhoneARENA.. Please make a review comparison of the best mid-range smartphone out there.. S4 Mini, HTC ONE mini, lumia 720, Xperia SP or Xperia ZR, LG F7.. and also if you can inlcude Motorola Droid newest mid range.. that review is going to benefit alot of mid range consumers like me.. PLS.. Looking Forward..

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 10:28

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7619; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You'll never get a response from PA staff unless you comment on an article Michael H. published. But good suggestion nonetheless.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 10:56

17. Chris.P (Posts: 257; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


As I told SouljaBOY in the Verizon liveblog topic, a review almost -exactly- like this one is already on the site. Do a search for "the new midrange".

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 10:44

15. xtian1103 (Posts: 354; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


htc one sv is better, and it comes with lte.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 10:59

18. Jason2k13 (Posts: 633; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


im i the only one who notices that ugly huge bezel at the bottom?

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 11:03 2

20. aditya.k (Posts: 459; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Die HTC die. Xperia SP is a better choice at this price point!

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 11:26

21. lovefist (unregistered)


with absurd pricing of their phones (for what you're getting) they'll probably be.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 11:51

22. Epicness1o1 (Posts: 201; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Why do they cant putt a menu button ???

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