As we had been expecting to happen this week, HTC has officially unveiled the Desire 500 smartphone. This handset will be arriving as a mid-range device and aimed at the “young generation.” Specifically, HTC is pushing the Desire 500 towards “college students and new graduates entering the job market.” But with that in mind, it looks like that group will be limited by the availability.
HTC has released the handset for those in Taiwan. The carrier will be Taiwan Mobile and the handset will be priced at NT$11,900. For those curious, that is just a few dollars shy of $400. The handset will be running Jelly Bean with Sense 5 and sporting a 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480.
Other specs include a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS, 1800 mAh battery and 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera.
While the handset does have Sense 5, there are some items that are not included. For example, HTC did not include the UltraPixel camera and instead opted to pack on an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera. BoomSound was another item that didn’t make the cut with the Desire 500. Instead the handset has a single speaker on the backside. There is Beats Audio though.
This handset will enter the Desire lineup alongside the Desire 200 and 600 which were both introduced back in mid-June. Those handsets (as one may have guessed from the 200 and 600 model numbers) are sitting priced just below and just above the Desire 500. The Desire 200 is NT$4,990 and the Desire 600 is NT$12,900.