After being unveiled at IFA 2012 in Germany, HTC’s Desire X has finally landed in India. The handset looks a lot like a mashup of the flagship One X and Desire C’s design. Moving on to its features, the Desire X runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with company’s iconic Sense 4.0a UI on top of it. The phone’s 4″ Super LCD display has 480×800 resolution. The gadget is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core CPU, and sports a 5 mp rear camera. Here’s the list of its detailed specs:
4″ Super LCD display with pixel dimensions of 480×800.
1 GHz dual-core CPU, 768 MB of RAM.
5 megapixel camera with auto-focus, LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures); F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens; WVGA (480p) video recording.
Camera Features: VideoPic (Shoot video and capture pictures at the same time), Continuous shooting (capture 2.5 shots per second), Smart Flash (Five levels of flash automatically set by distance to subject).
1650 mAh battery; Talk Time: Up to 10 hours for 3G and 20 hours for GSM; Standby Time: Up to 833 hours for 3G and 750 hours for GSM.
Available Colours: White, Blue.
Package Contents: Charger, Headset, User guide.
The handset is priced at Rs 20,000, and is available through popular electronics shops across India. I wonder why HTC has gone with 768 MB of RAM, when 1 GB has become a norm at this price point. That being said, the Taiwanese manufacturer isn’t known for its powerful hardware. As we all know, its expertise lies in build quality and UI. Going by its pricing, the Desire X will compete well with Sony’s Xperia P. However, let’s not forget that the latter has a slight upper hand due to its front-facing camera.
HTC Desire X : Specifications:
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 900 / 2100
HSDPA 850 / 2100
Available. Released 2012, October
118.5 x 62.3 x 9.3 mm (4.67 x 2.45 x 0.37 in)
114 g (4.02 oz)
– Touch-sensitive controls
Super LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
– HTC Sense UI v4.0
Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
– Beats Audio sound enhancement
microSD, up to 32 GB
4 GB, 768 MB RAM
HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
Yes, microUSB v2.0
5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon
Dual-core 1 GHz
Accelerometer, proximity, compass
SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Yes, with A-GPS support
Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
– SNS integration
– Dropbox (25 GB storage)
– MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
– MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
– Document viewer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
Standard battery, Li-Ion 1650 mAh
Up to 833 h (2G) / Up to 750 h (3G)
Up to 20 h (2G) / Up to 10 h (3G)
HTC Desire X design:
In an attempt to snaffle the legions of ex-HTC Desire users with a more budget model, HTC has announced the Desire X.
The phone itself is unremarkable when it comes to specs, with a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon S4 processor powering a Super LCD screen that measures a now-average 4-inches.
This has also been raised up and laminated to help cut down on the glare when looking at the screen and improve clarity, which seems to have worked given the impressive display on offer.
It’s more ‘smartphone’ than the ‘superphone’ One series, according to Graham Wheeler, director of product commercialisation for HTC, but still manages to pull in design language from a number of models in the company’s history.
The shell feels very similar to the polycarbonate of the HTC One X, but instead of a unibody chassis we’re treated to a removable back cover that hides slots for a normal-sized SIM and a microSD card too.
In the hand the HTC Desire X is much more palm friendly, fitting snugly between the digits and offering a more unique central power/lock button. This initially seems like a weird place to put such a key point, but within seconds we realised it fitted in with the design very well.
The rest of phone also offers relatively little to talk about – there’s a microUSB slot and a headphone jack at the top, along with the Android Ice Cream Sandwich-friendly three soft keys at the bottom of the device.
The camera is the most striking part of the HTC Desire X though – not through its specs (only 5MP on offer here) but the design direction. It evokes the Evo 3D language from a year ago, but fits more slickly into the architecture of the device.
It’s definitely the most unique feature of the phone, thanks to the blue band (on the white version of the Desire X, although an all-black option is also available) and will likely play a strong part in the marketing of the device.
There’s also a range of covers to choose from, in the same way as the One X was able to be ‘styled’ to your own preference, although these added a fair bit of heft to the slim device.
Sense UI & Verdict :
The software onboard the HTC Desire X is Android Ice Cream Sandwich, coming in at 4.0.4 (although a Jelly Bean update isn not confirmed as yet). This is running underneath HTC’s famous Sense UI, which is thankfully pushed all the way up to Sense 4.0.
For those untrained in the Sense evolution, when it first debuted it was a revelation for Android, bringing a whole new skin that offered a raft of new functionality that wasn’t available from Google’s vanilla option.
However, over time it became slightly more bloated and power-intensive, focusing too much on the functionality to the detriment of performance and battery life.
With the One Series of smart/superphones, HTC has dialled things down, and it’s great to see that simplicity on the Desire X too.
It’s not the full version of Sense, more a tweaked version that takes away things like the re-designed multi-tasking window. Where before we saw large thumbnails cascading across the screen that could be removed by swiping upwards, we now see the standard Google list layout, although this is no less functional.
There’s the same rash of HTC toys throughout the phone – from the Music Hub, which brings together the likes of SoundHound, 7Digital and the Music Player (enhanced by Beats Audio) to the camera.
It’s not the same ‘amazing experience’ as touted by HTC for the One Series, but still features a lot of the impressive features seen on that range. For instance, there’s the same pre-shot effects that can make the photo look more ‘alternative’, and the burst mode (engaged by holding down the shutter key) and still works as well as on other phones.
The processor, a 1GHz dual core offering, might not sound like much in today’s world, but given we’re talking about a company that made the HTC Desire a slick phone on a single core, and the fact it’s rocking a Qualcomm S4 chip, we can see why this is a lag free experience under the finger.
Websites load with the expected aplomb, opening and closing apps is a slick enough experience and the messaging system is adequate enough, although the days where we looked at the HTC keyboard as the best in the business are sadly gone as this one still brought out a little lag, and the accuracy isn’t as gifted as it once was.
It’s worth noting that this is a pre-production model though, so we’ll reserve judgement until our full HTC Desire X review.
Other niceties include 25GB of onboard storage with Dropbox, which HTC says helps make up for the fact there’s only 4GB included on the phone, and precision-drilled speaker grills for that added sense of craftsmanship.
Let’s get onto the important thing: price. This phone is set to sit above the Desire C, but below the HTC One V, in the range of products from the Taiwanese manufacturer.
And while we predictably couldn’t get HTC to confirm it, the Desire X could come in for just £15-£20 a month on contract, or £180-£200 on pay as you go deals. This would be a real howitzer of a handset to throw at that segment, as while the HTC name doesn’t command the same level of fervour among smartphone users, those wanting to stick with the Desire name will love the idea of halving their bills.