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August 7, 2013

HTC Desire 500 comes to Europe this month, priced at €279

HTC has announced the Desire 500 yet again today, this time for Europe. The midrange smartphone first got unveiled last month, but that was only for the company’s native Taiwan it seems. At the time we speculated on the fact that the Desire 500 may get released in other markets in Asia, but here it is coming to Europe in full force. This has to have something to do with HTC’s newfound strategy of offering many options in the midrange of the smartphone space to complement its One flagships.

The HTC Desire 500 has a 4.3-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 1.6 MP front camera, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1,800 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (and judging from HTC’s past actions, chances of it ever getting updated past that are very slim).

Some versions of the Desire 500 will launch in Europe with support for NFC, others will have dual SIM card slots. The HTC Desire 500 will land in the UK first, before the end of this month, for a yet undisclosed price.

In September, the Desire 500 will make its way to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, where it will sell for a recommended price of €279, according to MobileGeeks.

Lacquer Black and Glacier Blue will be the two color options offered in Europe, with the latter being more white than blue, as you can see. This smartphone could make its way to other countries on the continent in due course, we’ll keep you posted.

All in all, this isn’t a bad device, but as is becoming the norm for HTC it’s mildly overpriced. Let’s wait and see whether it can help the struggling Taiwanese company regain some lost market share.