The mid range smartphone runs on Android 4.2 operating system with HTC sense 5 and HTC BlinkFeed. The phone is powered by a 1.2 GHz Qualcom Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor along with a 1GB RAM.

It sports a 4.3 inch display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution. Desire 500 is backed by 4 GB internal memory, with an expandable memory of 64 GB using a microSD card. It features an 8 mega-pixel rear camera with LED flash and auto focus.

The phone also features a 1.6 mega-pixel front camera with BSI sensor, 720p video recording. HTC Desire 500 comes with 1800 mAh battery and weighs about 123g. It also sports features such as Sensor Accelerometer, Proximity sensor and Ambient light sensor.
"The Desire range has become renowned for bringing a premium mobile experience to the mass market. This particular model enables powerful multitasking and boasts of an excellent camera," HTC India Head Faisal Siddiqui said in a statement.
The device will also be available with dual SIM support and NFC in select markets.