By Stephen Schenck | July 23, 2013 11:32 AM
HTC’s One series easily captures the lion’s share of our attention, but those are far from the only Androids the manufacturer’s been releasing. We took a look at the tiny, low-end Desire 200 a few weeks back, and today HTC announces that phone’s more capable bigger sibling, the Desire 500.
The 500 has a lot in common with the Desire 600, which launched all the way back in May. Both phones run quad-core Snapdragon 200 chips – not top-of-the-line, but a huge improvement over the Desire 200′s single-core SoC. There’s the same 1GB of RAM and an eight-megapixel camera, too, but then things start diverging.
For instance, the 500 only has 4GB internal flash, versus the 600′s 8GB. There’s no stereo BoomSound, either. And while the 600 has a 4.5-inch qHD display, the 500 shrinks that down to a 4.3-incher and lowers the resolution to WVGA.
With those sacrifices, we’d expect the Desire 500 to be pretty affordable, and it is, but maybe not enough: the phone’s launching in Taiwan for what works out to about $400. For a free-and-clear price, that’s not too bad, but given the hardware involved, we wonder if it couldn’t be lower.