Quad-core, reasonably priced HTC Desire 500 goes up for pre-order in the UK

HTC Desire 500HTC’s latest, reasonably priced Android smartphone, the Desire 500, is coming to the UK and has already been made available as a pre-order through retailer MobileFun. The phone was announced recently, but this is the first time we’ve got confirmation the little phone will be coming to our shores.

While HTC uses the Desire name for many of its low and mid-range phones, the Desire 500 has an attractive specification, making it worthy of your attention if you’re looking for a phone with plenty of power at a sensible price. In fact, the spec is very close to top-of-the-range phones from less than two-years ago, at half what they originally cost.

The Desire 500 has a 4.3-inch screen and a 480 x 800 pixel resolution, making it the phone’s weakest point, as the screen’s pixel density is quite low – a consequence of the large size and modest resolution – at 217ppi. It’s not terrible, but text and pictures may not look as sharp as they would on phones such as the Nexus 4.

Inside is a quad-core Snapdragon processor with a clock speed of 1.2GHz, plus it has 1GB of RAM, so the Desire 500 should be able to run most apps without too much trouble. There’s also 4GB of internal memory, plus a microSD card slot, an 8-megapixel camera and Beats Audio technology. Android 4.2.2 is installed along with HTC’s Sense 5.0 UI, which includes the BlinkFeed news aggregator.

If you like the look of the Desire 500, then you’ll also like its price, which has been set at £230 SIM-free. You can pre-order it now and should expect deliveries to start in September.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars