First time seen in O2 Germany's internal documents and later officially announced for Taiwan, today HTC announced the HTC Desire 500 for Europe. Running on Android 4.1.2 with HTC Sense 5, the Desire 500 is a powerful mid-range model featuring a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8225Q ARM Cortex A5 CPU with Adreno GPU and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and dualband UMTS/HSPA at 900/2100 MHz. The 8 megapixel camera, comes with HTC's dedicated ImageChip processor, helping to create spectacular stills and HD videos. The 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera also makes high-quality self-portraits easy.
Unlike the Ones, the Desire 500 comes with support for microSD cards of up to 64 GB which can be perfectly used for shots and Highlight videos. However, Zoe shots (with the short video of each picture, one of the real highlights of the One and One mini) aren't supported. Nevertheless, Video Highlights takes 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.
The HTC Desire 500 also brings HTC's acclaimed BlinkFeed to the Desire range. Transforming the home screen into a customizable stream of live information, HTC BlinkFeed is displayed on a stunning 4.3" display and aggregates social streams and news, providing the freshest content at a glance.
The new HTC Desire 500 will be available with mobile operators and major retailers in select markets from August 2013. In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the Desire 500 will retail 279 Euro / 369 CHF respectively. In addition to the standard version, HTC will also launch a dual-SIM Desire 500 and a NFC in select markets but no further information were given yet.
Cheers ~ Arne