HTC Desire X review

Yet another mid-range HTC smartphone

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The HTC Desire X offers up the standard Android contact management application, which has been given the customary Sense 4 gloss, making it super easy to match up your contacts with their social network profiles.

HTC Desire X review

HTC doesn't like to conform to the whole contacts label though, instead naming its app 'People', and while the name may be different, if you've used Android before you'll feel more than at home.

All your best buds are displayed in a lovely vertical list, with mug shot next to their name.

You can import any contacts you may have stored on your Google account, as well as importing friends from other networks including Facebook, Flickr and your email accounts, however Twitter is not supported here.

The Desire X, thanks to the Sense wizardry, will then magically match up your contacts with their various social profiles and pull through profile pictures, status updates and even whole Facebook galleries to the contact card.

HTC Desire X review

If you meet someone new while out on the town, adding your new found friend to the Desire X is also a piece of cake, with a lovely Add button at the top of the contact page – taking you into a simple form which lets you fill in as much, or as little information as you wish.

You can choose whether to store the contact to the phone, or on your Google account, allowing you to access it from the cloud if you get a new handset.

Also within the People app you can access your call history and the groups tab – which allows you to categorise your contacts depending on how you know them.

The favourites group is also available as a homescreen widget, allowing you to get quick access to the people you hold dearest, or call most often.


Calling, as you may have guessed, takes place via the Phone app, which is a relatively basic affair offering up a keypad and a list of recent calls above it.

HTC Desire X review

Smart dialling is in play here, so if you start tapping out a number, the HTC Desire X will offer up contact suggestions, allowing you to get to the person you wish to call quicker – that is of course if you already have the number stored.

You can also set up speed dials and blocked callers from the phone app by tapping the menu button, which has three vertical dots on it, but don't go looking for video calling options, as there's no front facing camera on the Desire X.

If you're already in the people app you can call a contact from there as well, just select the person you want and then hit the phone number on their contact card to initiate the call.

We found call quality to be perfectly acceptable, as we were able to hear the person on the other end of the line, even when in nosier situations, and while the audio wasn't always crystal clear, we can't knock it.

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