Amazon pegs HTC Desire Z at £500

Amazon has let slip the price of the hotly-anticipated HTC Desire Z Android-based app phone.

The book flogger is currently listing the touch-screen handset with a slider keyboard for £499 and is merrily taking pre-orders for the iPhone-chasing device's October 18th launch.

The latest Desire has an Qualcomm MSM7230 800MHz CPU, a 3.7-inch touch screen, a full QWERTY keyboard with user-definable keys, a five-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, and a weedy 1.5 GB of internal storage which can be ramped up at your own expense using the SD card slot.

We've included the full specs below, but we can't for the life of us think why on earth anyone would want one of these when you can buy a 16GB iPhone 4 for the same price. We're sure you'll show us the error of our ways in the comments section below but, if this is the eventual RRP of the HTC Desire Z we reckon the company has got its sums very badly wrong indeed.

Full technical specification:
800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7230
Android™ with HTC Sense™
Internal phone storage: 1.5 GB
RAM: 512 MB (The actual available internal phone storage may differ depending on the software configuration of your phone.)
119 x 60.4 x 14.16 mm (4.69 x 2.38 x 0.56 inches)
180 grams (6.35 ounces) with battery
3.7-inch touch screen with 480 x 800 resolution
HSPA/WCDMA: • Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz • Upload speed of up to 5.76 Mbps and download speed of up to 14.4 Mbps
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz (Band frequency, HSPA availability, and data speed are operator dependent.)
Trackpad
Z-slider QWERTY keyboard
Internal GPS antenna
G-Sensor
Digital compass
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor
Bluetooth® 2.1 with FTP/OPP for file transfer, A2DP for wireless stereo headsets, and PBAP for phonebook access from the car kit
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11b/g/n
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
• 5.0 megapixel color camera with auto focus and flashlight • 720p HD video recording
• Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9 • Recording: .amr
• Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9) • Recording: .3gpRechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 1300 mAh
Talk time: • Up to 400 minutes for WCDMA • Up to 590 minutes for GSM
Standby time: • Up to 430 hours for WCDMA • Up to 430 hours for GSM (The above are subject to network and phone usage.)
MicroSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5 V and 1 A