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HTC Desire 500 hits UK stores - at last

Finally the HTC Desire 500 is available to UK consumers with the mid-range smartphone released some two months after it was originally set to hit retailers.

The new smartphone is being offered by the Carphone Warehouse in black and an exclusive to the retailer white colourway on various different networks free of charge with a pay as you go version of the device priced at £179.99 with £10 credit.

It was originally planned that the device would be released throughout Europe by late August with no reason given as to why the device took so long to arrive on UK shores.

The phone has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM, a 4.3in LCD screen with a 480 x 800 resolution screen that means a density of 233 pixels per inch, and a 1,800mAh battery giving it up to 12 hours of talk time.

HTC has provided the Desire 500 with 4GB of onboard memory that can be expanded up to 64GB using the microSD card slot as well an 8-megapixel back camera and a 1.6-megapixel snapper on the front.

It runs on Google Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and comes preloaded with HTC’s Blinkfeed app. The service, which cannot be turned off, removed or added to, is similar to Flipboard and brings in news from various sources including AOL, ESPN, MTV, The Financial Times and Reuters before delivering it to the phone’s home screen.

Video Highlights, another of the added extras, organises stills and video from one event or a day’s shooting into a 30-second slide show complete with music conforming to one of six themes.

HTC has been struggling over the past year or so to keep up with the likes of Apple and Samsung with handset prices cut down to size in order to try and arrest a decline that has seen it report quarterly losses.