HTC Desire 500 unveiled, heading to Taiwan on August 1st
HTC has unveiled the HTC Desire 500, a new entry-level Android handset which takes a few design cues from the HTC One S and the One SV. The HTC Desire 500 features a 4.3-inch WVGA display, 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, microSD card slot (up to 64GB), accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensors, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Beats Audio, an 8 megapixel read camera with BSI sensor, HTC ImageChip, F2.0 with a 28mm lens, five level LED flash, front-facing 1.6 megapixel camera with BSI sensor, 720p video capture and a 1800 mAh battery.
The HTC Desire 500 may be very similar to the HTC desire 600 devices which were recently released, but HTC has chosen not to equip the Desire 500 with front-facing stereo (BoomSound) speakers. The HTC Desire 500 will carry a price tag of NT$11,900 ( US$400) when it shows up at retail stores in Taiwan on August 1st. The price may seem a bit steep, but it’s roughly half the price of what the HTC One (NT$21,800) and newly released HTC Butterfly S (NT$23,800) are priced at in Taiwan.