HTC Desire 500 vs Sony Xperia C: New Mid-Range Warriors Fight in India

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HTC has finally launched its mid-range Desire 500 handset in India for a price of Rs. 20,499. The phone has been available in global markets for over a week now. The handset was listed for pre-order from sites like Snap Deal sometime since last week.

Given its price point, feature set and aesthetics, the phone will compete with the Sony Xperia C (Rs.20,450), a handset that was released in India only last week. So which one comes out on top? Gizbot has tested both devices to tell you just that.

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HTC Desire 500 vs Sony Xperia C: New Mid-Range Warriors Fight in India

Display

Among the two, the Xperia C offer a much larger screen at 5-inches. Its a qHD display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. The Desire 500 offers a smaller 4.3 inch WVGA display with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution. Among the two, the Xperia C offers more screen real estate, better pixel density and a more satisfying overall viewing experience.

Winner : Sony Xperia C


Performance

The HTC Desire 500 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad core processor, which is clocked at 1.2 GHz, along with 1 GB of RAM. Move to the Sony Xperia C and you'll notice that it has a 1.2 GHz quad core processor from Mediatek (1GB of RAM). Our tests show that it is inferior to the Snapdragon 200.

Winner : HTC Desire 500

Camera

Over the last year, Sony has been consistently offering better cameras than its competitors at a variety of price points. It sticks to that tradition with the Xperia C, arming it with a 8MP camera that pcaks a wonderful little Exmor R Sensor. Up front, there's a VGA camera. The phone clicks decent low-light picks and has a HDR mode as well. The HTC Desire 500 uses an 8MP camera with a BSI sensor, dedicated HTC Image chip, F2,0 aperture and 28mm wide lens. It has a 1.6MP camera up front.Even though the Xperia C has a slightly better rear camera, it will disappoint all those selfie lovers.

Winner : HTC Desire 500


Battery

The Xperia C packs a 2390 mAh Li ion battery, which according to the company offers up to 14 hours of talktime or 588 hours on standby. For a 5-inch device runnning a rather powerful processor, these claims are impressive. The Desire 500 uses a smaller 1800 mAh Li-Po battery. It offers 12.1 hours of talk time and 435 hours of stanby.

Winner : Sony Xperia C


Memory

Both handsets have a 4 GB internal storage slot. However, moving to internal storage, the Desire 500 offers a 64 GB expandable storage, which is better than the 32 GB slot on the Xperia C.

Winner : HTC Desire 500

Verdict

In the end it depends on what you're preferences are. If you're looking for a generous and rich display, great rear camera and better battery life, the Xperia C is a good pick. However, if you're more comfortable with a slightly smaller screen and want a better processor and a larger capacity microSD slot, then the HTC Desire 500 should be your choice.

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