Bringing the best bits of HTC at an affordable price, it’s the Desire 500 and it’s now available at Carphone Warehouse. They have become the first UK retailer to start this device and you can hook it into all the major mobile networks.
If you enjoy HTC BoomSound or the Sense interface with HTC BlinkFeed and don’t want to spend too much, you’re in luck.
The Desire 500 will also pack an 8-megapixel camera with dedicated HTC ImageChip processor for full HD video also. There’s a 1.6-megapixel camera for video calls and selfies too, all with face and smile recognition plus a selection of filters.
The device is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and sports a 4.3-inch screen. It also supports up to 64GB microSD cards and is powered by a 1800mAh battery for 401 hours of standby time.
Pricing has not been announced at this time but this is a mid-range handset so it shouldn’t sting too badly for that pretty capable spec list.
HTC Desire 500 lands in the UK as Carphone Warehouse becomes
first retailer to range new handset
HTC packs amazing camera with Video Highlights into quad-core-powered HTC Desire 500
London, November 11, 2013 – Carphone Warehouse has become the first UK retailer to start selling HTC’s mid-range Desire 500. The handset is now on sale in stores nationwide across all major mobile networks.
Carphone Warehouse has snapped up an exclusive on the Shimmer White version of the handset and will also range the Lacquer Black version of the phone. The HTC Desire 500 will make Quadcore processing speeds more accessible to a wider group of consumers.
Peter Frolund, General Manager UK said: “The HTC Desire 500 packs all you would expect from HTC into a great mid-range package. It boasts leading audio thanks to HTC BoomSound, an 8MP camera with features like Video Highlights and our Sense user interface with BlinkFeed, which we’ve brought to the Desire range for the first time in this model. We wanted to change what people expect from a mid-range smartphone and deliver a highly competitive device that didn’t compromise on the features that make our handsets world-class. The Desire 500 achieves that.”
Content live to the home screen as BlinkFeed comes to Desire
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.
Life through a mobile lens
The Desire 500 has an 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.
The camera software comes complete with face and smile recognition and is packed with a selection of creative filters.
Changing the way mobile users share special moments forever, Video Highlights takes stills and videos from one event or a day’s shooting and compiles them into a 30-second reel, set to music based on 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.
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. With support for microSD cards of up to 64GB, the HTC Desire 500 need never run out of space for the photos, videos, apps and games that matter most.
“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 brings your important moments to life.”