HTC unveils entry-level Desire 500 for Taiwan

HTC has taken the wraps off its latest budget-focused smartphone for its home market of Taiwan. The Desire 500 packs a 4.3-inch WVGA (800x480) display, and is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage, expandable via microSD. On the software side, the star of the show is the company's latest Sense 5 UI, which complete with the BlinkFeed home screen reader. Buyers will miss out on big-name HTC feautres like BoomSound and the Ultrapixel camera, however, as the Desire 500 comes with a standard 8-megapixel shooter and single rear speaker. Engadget is reporting a MSRP of NT$11,900 ($400), which might also make the 500 a tough sell.

Elsewhere, HTC has recently expanded Desire line in Eastern Europe with the Desire 200 and Desire 600.

Source: HTC (opens in new tab); via: Engadget (opens in new tab)

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  • $400.00 ?
    You can get the Prism II for $89.99 ( 1 Gig CPU 512megs of RAM )
    You can get the LG Optimus L9 $199.99 ( Dual-Core 1 Gig with a Gig of RAM )
    Walmart. Should it hit these shores at that price it would fail.
  • Read the article and think before you post. This phone aren't made for the US or Western Europe, and it will probably never be available in these places.
    The phones from the Desire line are targeted for Eastern Europe and Asia.
  • Yay more garbage. Whoo hooo. Sony Xperia Z
  • See HTC, you can make gorgeous phones (this design trumps the Ones IMO) , this, is absolutely phenomenally pretty, just like the HTC One S design, the specs are nothing to write home about, but still, design wise, this is great
  • I understand we aren't the target, but the EVO 3D/EVO V 4G has a qHD screen and a faster processor, and until is was EOL cost $250 on Virgin 4 months ago. This phone has 4GB of storage vs 1GB. HTC is making some ridiculous decisions on their phones lately. When the same manufacturer puts out a phone that is worse than one they put out 2 years ago and tries to sell it for more money I question the logic.
  • nm. This post is wrong. The Snapdragon 200 is a Quad Core. Still don't understand not using at least a qHD screen.
  • It's great for developing markets but any smartphone user in the states that owns this will 'Desire' more cutting edge hardware...
  • You can get the HTC One SV with LTE and few more tricks for less than that. Posted via Android Central App