HTC has confirmed that the latest addition to its Desire family, the mid-range Desire 500, will be headed to the UK. Originally announced for Taiwan last month, the device packs a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, a 4.3-inch WVGA (800x480) display and an 8-megapixel camera, and runs the latest Sense 5 software from HTC. That includes the BlinkFeed home screen reader and automatic video highlights — although Zoes, the three-second photo/video clips, aren't mentioned in today's presser.
Externally, the Desire 500 is an attractive but unassuming slab-shaped device that has more in common with historic HTC designs than current devices like the One and Butterfly series. Perplexingly, the phone has only two capacitive buttons, even though there's space for plenty more — so you're limited to just back and home, like on the HTC One.
The Desire 500 also packs an ample 1800mAh battery, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, which is expandable via a microSD slot. But when it comes to connectivity, you'll top out at 7.2Mbps HSDPA data speeds according to the official spec sheet — so it seems there's no 4G LTE, or even HSPA+ on offer here.
The HTC Desire 500 will be available in "Lacquer Black" and "Glacier Blue" color options with retailer and carrier partners in the "select markets" later this month. In certain territories, HTC says, a version with dual-SIM capabilities and NFC support will also be offered.
You'll find more details in the presser down below, along with official renders.
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.