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HTC Desire 500 Officially Announced: Top 5 Mid Range Rivals
HTC has earned more respect in the smartphone world because of the HTC One flagship and moreover, it has offered a great deal of handsets in a recent past as well. Now adding itself to the company's previously launched Desire 200 and 600 smartphone, Desire 500 comes in a mid range price category which will be sold at $398 (approx. Rs. 23,750).
Although, reports suggest that the handset will be available from tomorrow in open market and starting August 1 in HTC and Taiwan Mobile stores, there is no hint as to when it will land in Indian market. However, it will probably arrive soon as it is already in the Asian market.
Going by the specs, HTC Desire 500 sports a 4.3 inch, WVGA resolution of 480 x 800pixels with unknown pixel density. The handset runs on Android 4.2.2 operating system including software features like Blinkfeed and Video Highlights. It comes with the topping of HTC Sense UI. The latest Desire 500 is powered by a competitive Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor clocked to 1.2GHz and is backed by 1GB RAM as well.
Talking about camera, HTC Desire 500 comes packed with 8-megapixel rear camera with auto focus, LED flash, BSI sensor, built-in HTC ImageChip, F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens along with 1.6-megapixels front camera which is also loaded with BSI Sensor.
Connectivity options include Built-in GPS / AGPS antenna, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fib/g/n, DLNA, 2G and 3G.
Moreover, it houses an internal storage capacity of 4GB which can be expanded up to 64GB via microSD and also comes with a Beats Audio like other HTC handsets.
The device measuring 131.8 x 66.9 x 9.9 mm in dimension and which weighs 123 grams is eventually powered by a 1800 mAh battery.
The phone will be available in three colors: Black, white with green accents and red accents.
However, Looking at the competitive market, the Desire 500 is likely to face a hardship in India market because of the aggressive population of the smartphones that fall in the same price category. Moreover, handsets like Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8, BlackBerry Q5, Sony Xperia S, Nokia Lumia 820 and Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos.
BlackBerry Q5 comes with a 3.1 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display at resolution of 720 x 720 pixels and 328 PPI pixel density. It runs on BlackBerry 10.1 OS and powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset along with a dual-core processor dialed to 1.2 GHz Q5 also will come packed with 2 GB RAM. On the camera front, the handset 5 MP rear camera is capable of shooting 2592 х 1944 pixels and is equipped with autofocus and LED flash. There is also a presence of a front facing 2 MP camera. Talking about connectivity, BlackBerry Q5 features a single SIM, 2G, 3G, GPRS, SPEED, WLAN, Bluetooth and microUSB v2.0. Also through Smart Tag app, users can enjoy the benefits of NFC feature. Other features include 8 GB internal storage capacity, expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card and a non-removable Li-Ion 2180 mAh battery.
The handset is currently priced at Rs. 24,990.
Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8
Galaxy Mega 5.8 sports a giant 5.8-inch TFT capacitive display with resolution of 540 x 960 pixels (190 ppi), 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory which can be further expanded up to 64GB via microSD cards, an 8-mega pixel rear facing camera with Auto Focus and LED Flash, 1.9-mega pixel front facing camera, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Wi-Fi, 3G, Dual SIM , Bluetooth , 2G, A-GPS, and 2,600mAh Li Ion battery fitted inside.
Currently the handset is priced at Rs. 23,000.
Nokia Lumia 820
Lumia 820 packs a 4.3 inch AMOLED ClearBlack capacitive touchscreen display with 800 x 480 pixels. The handset has a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, 8MP camera with the PureView technology, a VGA front camera video calling, NFC and 1,650 mAh Li-ion battery. When it comes to color variants, Lumia 820 comes in White, Black, Yellow and Red and is available in India at Rs 22,690.
Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos
Galaxy Grand Duos comes packed with a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution. The handset is powered by a 1.2GHz dual core processor and is supported by 1GB RAM. It comes with an internal storage capacity of 8GB along with micro SD card slot supporting up to 64GB additional storage. Talking about camera, the Galaxy Grand Duos sports an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera and supports 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and is eventually powered by a 2,100 mAh battery.
The handset is currently priced at Rs. 23,699.
Sony Xperia S
Sony's previous flagship smartphone, Xperia S features a 4.3-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 12.1MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera for video calling, 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Scorpion processor, 32GB internal storage, 1GB RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, micro USB 2.0, NFC and 1,750 mAh Li-ion battery.
The handset is currently priced at Rs. 24,999.
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