HTC Announces Midrange Desire 500 With 4.3-Inch Display, Sense 5 & BlinkFeed


HTC has today announced the Desire 500, a new midrange smartphone that will make its debut in the United Kingdom and other countries later this month. The handset features a 4.3-inch display, a quad-core processor and HTC’s latest Sense 5 user interface with BlinkFeed.

HTC hasn’t confirmed the display resolution, but it does say that the Desire 500’s processor is clocked at 1.2GHz. That’s combined with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera and a microSD card slot. In some markets, there will be variants with dual-SIM capabilities and NFC connectivity.

Although the Desire 500 doesn’t have HTC’s flagship features, like BoomSound audio and an UltraPixel camera, it does have Beats Audio integration, and software features like BlinkFeed and Video Highlights. That could be considered an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on how you feel about those things.

You should certainly be pleased with the Desire 500’s design, though. It’s nowhere near as pretty as the flagship HTC One, of course, but it’s certainly a good-looking smartphone. It’ll be available in Lacquer Black and Glacier Blue, “giving it a sleek and sophisticated look,” according to HTC.

“The Desire range has become renowned for bringing a premium mobile experience to the mass market,” commented Peter Chou, CEO of HTC.

“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.”

HTC hasn’t confirmed the Desire 500‘s pricing or availability yet, but it will begin appearing in select markets later this month.