HTC has announced a new mid-range Android smartphone in Taiwan called the Desire 500. The phone is priced at a suggested retail price of NT$11,900 and will be launched exclusively through Taiwan Mobile on August 1.
The Desire 500 looks somewhat similar to the One S from the front but trades in the metal body for plastic. It has a 4.3-inch, 800 x 480 resolution display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 SoC with a quad-core, 1.2GHz CPU and Adreno 205 GPU (likely the same 8625Q chip found in the Desire 600), 1GB of RAM, 4GB internal memory with microSD card slot, 8 megapixel BSI rear camera with 720p video recording, 1.6 megapixel BSI front camera, optional dual-SIM functionality, Android Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5 and BlinkFeed UI and a 1,800mAh battery.
The Desire 500 carries the Beats Audio feature but lacks the Boom Sound speakers found on recent HTC phones. The phone will be available in three colors: Black, white with green accents and white with red accents.