Official: HTC Desire 500 heading to Europe this August
The recently announced HTC Desire 500 is officially making it way to Europe! A press release from HTC states that the HTC Desire 500 will making it way to independent retailers and mobile service providers in Europe during the month of August. The price and exact launch dates of the HTC Desire 500 will be announced by HTC’s retail partners, but based on the handset’s retail price in Taiwan, we don’t expect the unlocked phone to sell for more than $400 USD.
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.
While the HTC Desire 500 may have most of the new features found in HTC’s latest handsets, the device does not come with an UltraPixel camera, front-facing stereo speakers, optical image stabilization or the new HTC Zoe feature which records a four second video clip and multiple full resolution images simultaneously.
- Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 200, quad-core, 1.2GHz
- Android™ with HTC Sense™
- HTC BlinkFeed™
SIM CARD TYPE
- micro SIM
- Total storage : 4 GB, available capacity varies
- RAM : 1 GB
- Expansion card slot supports microSD™ memory card for up to 64GB additional storage (card not included)
- 2G/ 2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 900/1800/1900 MHz
- 3G/ 3.5G – UMTS/ HSPA: 900/2100 MHz with HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps
- Proximity sensor
- Ambient light sensor
- 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
- Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX™ enabled
- Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
- DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer
- Studio-quality sound with Beats Audio™
- 8 MP camera with auto focus, LED flash
- BSI sensor, Sensor size 1/3.2″
- Dedicated HTC ImageChip
- F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens
- Smart Flash: Five levels of flash automatically set by distance to subject
- Front Camera: 1.6 MP with BSI sensor
- 720p video recording
- Gallery with Video Highlights and HTC Share
- Continuous shooting and VideoPic
- Slow motion video recording with variable speed playback
- Audio supported formats:
- Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma
- Recording: .aac
- Video supported formats:
- Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)
- Recording: .mp4
- Removable rechargeable Li-polymer battery
- Capacity: 1800 mAh
- Talk time: Up to 12.1 hours for 3G
- Standby time: Up to 435 hours for 3G
- Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
- DC output: 5 V and 1 A
- 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.
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