HTC became popular in the UK by producing decent and good quality budget and mid-range smartphones, and they have further extended their line to include mid to high end phones too. The likes of the HTC One, for example, now sits on the same shelf as smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the latest iPhone model. The long rumoured Desire 500 is the latest handset to be unveiled by the Taiwanese manufacturers and it will sit comfortably and impressive in the mid-range category.
In terms of main features, the phone will offer a 1.2GHz quad core processor, an 8 mega-pixel front facing camera, and direct and out-of-the-box access to features like BlinkFeed and Video Highlights. While it may not be packed enough to compete with the most expensive phones on the market, it isn’t meant to. It will be aimed at those that like the features of a modern smartphone but don’t have the £500 or more needed to pick up the very latest and highest end models.
The 1.2GHz quad core processor will ensure that the phone is able to cope with apps and games, and it should be able to multi-task well too. This will be further augmented by the 1GB of RAM while the 4GB of internal memory can be upgraded via microSD slot to a more impressive 64GB. Expandable memory should be considered an essential addition to smartphones but, surprisingly, it isn’t always included.
HTC has also included an 8 mega-pixel rear facing camera as well as a 1.6mp front facing camera. While the front facing camera won’t allow for top quality self-portrait photos, it will enable budding smartphone photographers to enjoy reasonable video calling quality. The 8mp camera rivals that of some of the more recent and more expensive smartphone models and, according to HTC, will allow for the taking of high quality stills and video clips.
HTC BlinkFeed will be installed on the phone when it ships. This is essentially a news amalgamation app and it will offer users access to content from the likes of AOL, ESPN, MTC, the Financial Times, and Reuters. What you can’t do, though, is add your own news sources which is the only real downside to what is a really good little app – it will still find many fans despite this omission though.