With HTC revealing its mid-range smartphone, the Desire 500, last month, Mobilephones.com was at this year’s IFA in Berlin to bring you the latest images of the device.
The smartphone has obviously designed with the HTC One in mind, and the Desire 500 shares the One’s premium-looking appearance, with a frontal speaker and slim-line dimensions.
The smartphone previewed at IFA had a white body with modern blue panels along the sides, though the Desire 500 is also available in red and a more conservative black.
The main feature of the HTC One is its novel BlinkFeed, which has revolutionised the way users view their home screens and apps. Luckily, HTC has decided to offer BlinkFeed on the Desire 500, which displays the latest news, notifications, and your personal photos all on one dynamic home screen which updates in real-time.
Although the concept of dual-SIM phones sometimes leaves UK phone fans confused, the Desire 500’s dual SIM capabilities make the device perfect for a European and Asian audience.
Users can switch from one SIM to another, which is great for separating work and personal use, or to use when travelling through a variety of countries.
Although the Desire 500 is primarily designed for the mid-range market, it has an impressive set of specs. With a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, the device can handle multi-tasking well, and with Android 4.2.2 already loaded onto the phone, you won’t feel like you’re not using a high-end device.
Although the phone doesn’t offer the same Ultrapixel camera as the HTC One, the Desire 500 does have a decent 8 megapixel lens, which isn’t bad for a mid-range device.
What’s more, the phone features a Smart Flash which automatically alters the flash according to the distance you are away from the object.
One slight disappointment about the HTC Desire 500 is, however, the fact that it doesn’t include the popular HTC Zoe, which takes short bursts of video to capture your every moment. That said, the Desire 500 does offer Video Highlights, which automatically creates 30 second movies from your albums.
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Written by Charlotte Kertrestel