HTC Desire X review

Yet another mid-range HTC smartphone

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The HTC Desire X comes equipped with the excellent Google Maps application, offering up a fully comprehensive mapping solution.

Google Maps allows you to explore the world, route plan, check traffic and locate your nearest restaurant with ease.

HTC Desire X review

On the Desire X we were able to pinpoint our position using Google Maps within three seconds, however it too at least five to fully load the maps.

Once loaded, browsing around the apps and zoom between levels is a pleasingly smooth experience, with the HTC Desire X keeping up with our movements and happily rendering new areas in a couple of seconds.

HTC Desire X review

As well as the Maps app the Desire X, like all Android handsets, comes with Google's free navigation application, which provides turn-by-turn directions.

We found that the Desire X was a more than capable sat nav replacement, providing timely alerts and managing to keep our GPS lock on at all times.


As the HTC Desire X is an Android device you're blessed with Google Play, giving you access to hundreds of thousands of free and paid for applications.

Some manufacturers can go overboard with pre-installed bloatware, but thanfully HTC has been pretty restrained with the Desire X, which just a handful of apps appearing on the phone.

First up there's the Dropbox app, which doesn't come as a surprise as HTC has a partnership deal with the file sharing firm.

HTC Desire X review

The good thing for the consumer is that every HTC customer gets a free 25GB Dropbox allowance, allowing you to easily store your media safely in the cloud and access it for any computer, tablet or smartphone.

It's a great little app which is easy to use and allows you to manage your documents, photos, videos and anything else you may want to store in the cloud in handy folders.

HTC Desire X review

A neat little app is Flashlight, which as you may have already guessed, allows you to use the rear facing LED on the Desire X as a torch.

Fire up the app, press the power button and the LED will come to life, press again and it will get brighter, once more and it'll get brighter still. One last press will turn it off.

It may be a bit of a novelty, but we found it very useful when trying to navigate up our driveway at 3am, and we can see its advantages in a power cut.

Just make sure you do remember to turn it off, as it'll eat through the Desire X battery in next to no time if you provide your pocket with constant illumination.

Polaris Office allows you to view and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on your phone in a simple, if not slightly feature-less manner.

HTC Desire X review

It's perfect if you need to make a quick amendment on the way to a meeting, but we'd find it difficult to create a whole document from scratch on such a small display.

Rescue is a service which allows someone to remotely login to the Desire X if you require assistance with the phone.

This app will only be required if you phone up a help line after experience a problem with your handset, and the person on the other end will talk you through the process.

HTC Desire X review

A lot of people have heard of the music matching app Shazam, but HTC favours one of its rivals, with SoundHound making it onto most of the Taiwanese firm's handsets, including the Desire X.

HTC Desire X review

Accessed via the icon in the app list, or by the shortcut in the music app, SoundHound can listen to a short clip of music and then tell you want song it is, providing links to lyrics, album and artist information and ways to buy and download the track.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyDesire X
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD, microSD High Capacity (microSDHC)
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time20 Hour
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)114 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density233 ppi
Height118.5 mm
Width62.3 mm
Depth9.3 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time833 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameDesire X Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineDesire X
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, G-sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HSP003-00
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationHTC Desire X - Authentic Sound. Powerful Performance.
The HTC Desire X brings all the benefits of the Desire series to bear - offering stunning design, easy access to content and fast connectivity - making it the perfect all-round device, while keeping you productive and secure. With HTC Sense, including enhanced business functionality, as well as a best-in-class 1GHz, dual-core processor, the HTC Desire X is the perfect smartphone for your working life.

Authentic Sound with Beats Audio™
Immerse yourself in studio-quality sound with awesome Beats Audio™. Whether you're listening to music on your morning commute or catching up on your favourite sitcoms, you'll get crystal-clear, authentic sound across the Desire X. Beats Audio™ uses both hardware fine-tuning of the handset and software settings in the Beats Audio profile to automatically enhance any sound file; whether you're listening to a song, you're watching a movie or you're listening to a radio station. Boosted bass and vocals give your audio a wider dynamic range, without introducing noise or other distortions, delivering clean, resonant sound at any volume across the device. For the complete Beats Audio experience - Plug in a Beats by Dre headset (sold separately) - for an authentic audio experience whether you're at the gym or on the road.

Powerful Performance
When it comes to processing power, the HTC Desire X packs a dual-core punch. Its 1GHz processor is the fastest in its class, giving you super-smooth browsing and exceptional performance. Couple that with its 4-inch, WVGA display with 480x800 resolution, which displays text and images sharply and at wide viewing angles and the HTC Desire X makes for fast, easy browsing while you're on the move. Plus, with optical lamination, you'll enjoy wider viewing angles - perfect for catching up with videos and other media.

Best-in-class camera
The HTC Desire X's five megapixel camera is, simply put, the best in its class. Its f2.0 aperture lets you take amazing photos, whatever the lighting condition. With a start-up time of under one second, as well as 99 frame continuous shooting, you'll never miss a moment, whether something's caught your eye or you're just relaxing with some friends.Some of the exciting camera features include:

  • Quick Focus: Fast start-up and auto-focus mean that you won't miss those blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments
  • Industry leading lens: Take amazing photos, even in low lighting conditions with the f2.0 lens and BSI Sensor
  • Continuous Shooting: capture up to 99 pictures at two frames per second - just by holding your finger on the aperture. It's perfect for capturing every moment - from the big match to those even bigger nights out!
  • Great Group Photos: Intelligent group mode, coupled with face and smile recognition makes the Desire X ideal for photographing family and friends
  • Take photos, while shooting video:You'll never have to choose between shooting a video or a picture again - you can do both at the same time on the HTC Desire X.

Stay connected
With the Desire X, you'll always be connected to the people who matter. Sign into FriendStream to see your friends and family's photos and status updates from Facebook and Twitter as they happen, so you always know the latest news, wherever you are. Control what you see - and what you share - customisable features throughout the Desire X ensure you receive Facebook and Twitter updates from the people who matter. Check out the camera settings to instantly share your photos to Facebook and Twitter. Instantly back-up all your photos, videos and documents with 25 GB of Cloud storage - free for two years with the HTC Desire X.
Limited Warranty1 Year