HTC Desire 500, a mid-range smartphone was launched in India today priced at Rs. 21,490/-. The company said that the device will be available in retail stores across India this week onwards. Snapdeal was taking pre-orders earlier this week for the HTC Desire 500 for an advance amount of Rs. 999/-; currently available at a price of Rs. 20,482/-
The HTC Desire 500 runs on Android 4.2 (JellyBean) with HTC Sense 5.0. It sports a 4.3 inch (~217 ppi pixel density) WVGA display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It houses a 4 GB internal memory with support expandable storage up to 64 GB with a microSD card. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor with a 1 GB of RAM.
There is a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED Flash and a 1.6-megapixel front camera. The rear camera can record HD videos at 720p. This dual-SIM device gets the juice from the 1800 mAh Li-Ion battery. According to notable website GSMarena the Desire 500 clocks an endurance of 47h.
A week ago, there were rumors about HTC launching a smartphone at a sub 10k range. They might be two years too late to enter this segment of the market which is already dominated by Samsung and Sony.