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HTC Desire X: Hands-on photos and first impressions

HTC has officially confirmed the HTC Desire X, a mid-range Android handset that looks to be the first true successor to the original HTC Desire – the phone that skyrocketed HTC to fame in 2010. Key features include Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, a 4-inch LCD display, a 1GHz dual-core processor and a 5-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 lens.

Available in both black and white, the HTC Desire X definitely looks in line with HTC’s latest line-up of handsets and sits directly in between the One V and Desire C.

What are its main features?

  • Screen: 4-inch WVGA LCD (480×800 pixels)
  • Processor: 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
  • RAM: 768MB
  • Memory: 4GB internal, 1GB user available, microSD support
  • Camera: 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, f/2 lens and LED flash
  • Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth
  • Dimensions: 118.5 x 62.3 x 9.3 mm/114g

What operating system will the HTC Desire X run?

As with all HTC Sense 4.0 handsets, the HTC Desire X will run Ice Cream Sandwich. This is a great start as no consumer available phones run Jelly Bean yet out of the box, however we can expect an update to roll out, hopefully in 2012. HTC weren’t able to confirm this, so as soon as we know more we’ll report back.

What are the alternatives?

Mid-Range Androids are becoming abundant, but truly great ones aren’t. With the suggested price point being in the region of £200, realistic alternatives would be the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, the Sony Xperia U or the ZTE Grand X. All these pack dual-core processors, though the HTC Desire X has the edge over all of them based on our hands-on first impression. Trumping the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 in terms of processor and design, it also felt more stable in our initial use than the ZTE Grand X and sports removable memory unlike the Sony Xperia U. If you’re looking outside the Android ecosystem, you can pick yourself an HTC Radar as a Windows Phone alternative, though we’d suggest holding off until Windows Phone 8 devices start rolling out. Click the images below to go through to our reviews of the alternatives.

How much will the HTC Desire X cost?

HTC have stated that the Desire X will cost somewhere between the Desire C (£180) and One V (£229). This suggests a £200 pricing of thereabouts. 

Clove has confirmed it will be selling the phone SIM-free for £228.

What networks will the HTC Desire X be available on?

Phones4u will be the first to offer the white version of the Desire X complete with a pair of Beats Solo headphone, all free on a £26 per month contract. We also know it will be available on Virgin, though no pricing has been outlined.

When will the HTC Desire X launch?

HTC has confirmed the HTC Desire X will be available in September. Clove is expecting stock late September.

What do we think?

Based on our first impressions, we’re mightily impressed by the HTC Desire X. The dual-core 1GHz processor coupled with the 1650mAh battery should last the whole day and more, the 4-inch WVGA display has been treated with the same optical lamination as the One X and the 5-megapixel auto-focus camera has the same f/2 lens as found in the HTC One series. The design felt rich and we were really enamoured by the white variant. The fact that the HTC Desire X is expandable makes it a real all rounder and on paper at least and an instant hit for HTC.


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