HTC Desire 500 launches, is an expensive mid-range smartphone
posted by Chris P. / Jul 23, 2013, 9:53 AM
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.
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The phone looks okay, but the button layout ruined it.
posted on Jul 23, 2013, 9:53 AM 8
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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 Jul 23, 2013, 9:59 AM 2
This is definitely on the very low end of mid range if not "entry level".
posted on Jul 23, 2013, 9:59 AM 4
Ehh... I disagree. It definitely falls into the mid-range category.
posted on Jul 23, 2013, 10:04 AM 0
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So the S4 mini as well then?
posted on Jul 23, 2013, 10:20 AM 0
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 Jul 23, 2013, 10:48 AM 3
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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 Jul 23, 2013, 10:23 AM 0
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You'll never get a response from PA staff unless you comment on an article Michael H. published. But good suggestion nonetheless.
posted on Jul 23, 2013, 10:28 AM 0
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Die HTC die. Xperia SP is a better choice at this price point!
posted on Jul 23, 2013, 11:03 AM 2
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