HTC launched the brand-new Desire 500 in Taiwan today, and it is certainly reminiscent of last year’s One devices in terms of physical design, losing HTC’s front-mounted stereo speakers in favour of a typical mono speaker mounted on the rear. As far as specifications go, this is a rather pedestrian Android smartphone; it packs a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU under the hood, a 4.3-inch 800×480 display (probably the exact same display as seen in the Desire/One SV), 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage (that can be augmented with a microSD card) and an 8-megapixel autofocus camera with HTC’s ImageChip. The 1800mAh battery is a tad on the small side, but it is indeed removable.
In the software department, the Desire 500 runs Sense 5 atop Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which means that you will be able to take advantage of features such as BlinkFeed and Video Highlights. While there’s no word on when (or if) this device will make it out of Taiwan, the Desire 500 represents yet another mid-range Android option if it does go on sale in the rest of Asia.