HTC Revives Desire Range With Mid-Level Desire X

By Jon Partridge on at

The venerable HTC Desire was one of our favourite devices when it first launched over two years ago, and how quickly these two years have passed. With Samsung taking top drawer of the Android pile with their fantastic Galaxy range, HTC whittled down their offerings, after dishing out smartphone after smartphone, to the alternative and simple One range, which is a fantastic set of phones. But after a long time gap, HTC has decided to revive the Desire name and is introducing the HTC Desire X to the world.

With Desire in the name, it certainly looks the part and is definitely a lot snazzier than its older brother. Available in either black or white and clad in a very lovely brushed aluminium, the curved device is similar to the One series, and its sizing is just a tad bigger than the iPhone 4S, but by no means is it massive. It's the same thickness as Apple's device at 9.3 mm, but it's a few mm taller and wider at 118.5 x 62.3 mm, whilst also weighing a whole 4 grams heavier at 114 g (including the battery). Whacked on that body is a 4-inch super LCD touchscreen display, with a rather disappointing WVGA 480 x 800 resolution, which after being spoiled with the One X and its 1280 × 720 display, as well as the 960 x 540 qHD equipped One S display, the screen on the Desire X simply sounds rather lacklustre -- not to mention the 3.5" Retina display adorning iPhone 4 and 4S'.

The Desire X is also packing a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon S4 processor combined with 768MB RAM and 4GB of onboard storage space, which is expandable with a Micro SD card. You also get a decent 25GB of free cloud storage courtesy of Dropbox for two years, which is a nice addition to the package. Unfortunately, those looking for a Jelly Bean fix won't find it here, as Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich is the version of choice for the Desire X, equipped with HTC's love-it-or-hate-it Sense 4.

A 5-megapixel camera is strapped on the back, with a F2.0 aperture and a 28mm wide angle lens, coupled with auto-focus and an LED flash with Smart Flash, which should be more than enough for some decent snaps. HTC has also tucked in their dedicated ImageChip, which should help with shooting your snaps.

Soundwise, much like its One series brethren, the Desire X packs Beats Audio enhancement for a punchier sound, plus enhanced Bluetooth stereo audio quality. For those interested in what kind of battery the Desire X will be packing, (as the original Desire surely could have used a bit more juice) a removable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery with a 1650mAh capacity will be powering the device for up to 10 hours of 3G talk time, or 20 hours on 2G. That's also good for up to 34 days of standby time on 3G, or 31 days on 2G. SIM switchers rejoice, the phone packs a standard SIM slot, so you won't have to worry about any adapters or simply losing the damn thing.

Those looking for the next 'must-have' Android device with top specs might want to look elsewhere, but from the sounds of the specs, those looking for a decent, well equipped smartphone that (presumably) won't break the bank, the Desire X is well worth checking out. Those coming out of a two-year contract with the previous device might be interested in the follow-up, and if the popularity of its predecessor is anything to go by, plus its gorgeous curves, the Desire X is going to be one to watch. But does it edge the One S and One X off your list?

HTC Desire X

- Screen: 4-inch WVGA Super LCD Screen
- Processor: 1GHz Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon
- Storage: 4GB flash
- Camera: 5-MP rear camera with LED flash and Auto focus
- Connectivity: HSPDA/3G, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
- Ports: microUSB, 3.5mm headphones
- Battery: 1650mAh