HTC Desire X review

Yet another mid-range HTC smartphone

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The HTC Desire X comes with version 4.0.4 of Ice Cream Sandwich, with an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean yet to be confirmed.

HTC Desire X review

Running the show on the Desire X is a 1GHz dual-core processor and 768MB of RAM, which provides more than enough power for the Android operating system.

In true HTC fashion, the Desire X comes sporting the Taiwanese firm's Sense 4.1 overlay, providing a brighter user experience which is slightly easier for first time users to master.

Sense 4 has been dialled down from its previous incarnation, which HTC itself admitted had become too cluttered, and the new streamlined effort is a good one in our opinion.

Fire up the HTC Desie X and the 4-inch, Super LCD screen springs into life, offering up a relatively bright and clear display at 480 x 800 pixels.

HTC Desire X review

The screen is pretty much on par with the Desire X's competition, although the Sony Xperia P and Orange San Diego both offer a higher resolution – with the San Diego the stand out candidate, even though it's cheaper than the others.

The lock screen is standard HTC, with the now iconic ring-pull to unlock action and four shortcut keys, which mirror the apps you've put in the dock on the homescreen – there's no face-unlock though, as the lack of a front facing camera makes this impossible.

Past the lock screen you're given five homescreens to play around with, however you cannot add or delete screens, which may frustrate those who like to have a lot or a few.

Cycling through the screens, browsing the app list and moving icons and widgets around is all very smooth, and the touchscreen was responsive to all our pokes and prods.

HTC Desire X review

Hold down on a free space on any of the five homescreens on the Desire X and you're taken into edit mode, which allows you to add or remove apps and widgets from any screen, with a thumbnail overview of all of them at the top of the display, allowing you to keep track of what you've placed where.

In terms of widget selection you get the stock Android regulars such as clock and calendar as well as some HTC inspired offerings including its famous clock-weather widget which appears front and centre when you first boot up the Desire X.

Pull down the notification bar from the top of the handset and you'll notice that the quick settings option which graced earlier handsets such as the Desire S and Rhyme has been removed, with just a shortcut to the main settings menu on offer.

HTC Desire X review

Although this isn't a big loss, it's something we find useful and applaud the likes of Samsung who implements it in its TouchWiz interface.

You can stick the power control widget onto the homescreen of the Desire X which does go someway to solving this, offering you quick toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, brightness and screen rotate.

Overall the HTC Desire X offers up a smooth and intuitive user experience which will please loyal HTC owners and those who may not be so familiar with the Android platform.

It's not quite as fast and fluid as the Samsung Galaxy S Advance, but it hardly lags and we found apps opened up quickly, even when we had several already running in the background.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourBlack
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 Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
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