Recently, the handset was listed on some e-commerce websites like Snapdeal was taking pre-order for the device at a booking amount of Rs. 999, while Flipkart listed the Desire 500 as out of stock at a price of Rs. 21,490.
The HTC Desire 500 is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. It features a 4.3-inch WVGA (480x800 pixels) display. There is 4GB inbuilt storage that can be further expandable up to 64GB with the help of microSD card. An 8-megapixel rear camera can be found at the back accompanied by an LED flash and a 1.6-megapixel front camera. The device can record videos at 720p and also features Beats Audio. The phone measures 131.8x66.9x9.9mm and weighs 123 grams.
The Desire 500 comes with a 1,800mAh battery that the company claims will deliver up to 17.8 hours of talk time and 401 hours of standby time. The HTC Desire 500 runs on Android
4.2 4.1 with Sense 5.0 4.0 on top, bringing such features like BlinkFeed. However, the HTC Desire 500 does not include BoomSound, a part of HTC One series. The company unveiled the HTC Desire 500 in Taiwan back in July.
Update 26 February 2014: Updated to reflect correct Android and Sense UI versions. Thanks reader Adrian for pointing out.
The Taiwanese handset maker is also expected to launch the One mini, a compact version of its flagship smartphone, the HTC One in India soon.
HTC Desire 500 key specifications