HTC launches the Desire 500 in Taiwan

HTC Desire 500 launched

HTC has this week launched the HTC Desire 500 in Taiwan, an affordable handset it hopes will attract a young, fashion conscious audience.

The Desire 500 borrows some design elements from HTC’s existing range of smartphones, with its shape and curves resembling the One S. On board, the phone runs Sense 5, which means your 4.3-inch screen will feature the customisable BlinkFeed. Under the hood is a 1.2GHz quad-core processor to power the phone, which will result in a speedy user experience and 4GB of memory that can be expanded with a MicroSD.

The primary camera is a 8-megapixel, while the front-facing shooter is 1.6, suggesting that the experiment with the 4-megapixel Zoe on the HTC One wasn’t as successful as anticipated.

HTC Desire 500

So far so good, except that the handset doesn’t feature BoomSound, something that would have got the young, fashionable crowd really excited.

BoomSound is HTC’s front-facing dual speakers and paired with Beats Audio, turns your smartphone into a portable sound system. Launched on the HTC One earlier on in the year, BoomSound won numerous plaudits and gave the suggestion that the quality of its audio would be the company’s smartphone USP.

To accompany the phone’s launch, HTC’s North Asia President Jack Tong said that the company "would like to make the young generation think of the Desire 500 when they think of fashion." Perhaps Taiwanese youngsters don’t consider music to be an intrinsic part of fashion.

With the reveal of the One Mini last week, the Desire 500 is unlikely to be seen on UK shores. The HTC One Mini is now available to order from with prices starting from £26 per month on contract.

Written by Damian Carvill