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HTC Desire X review

Yet another mid-range HTC smartphone

Our Verdict

An interesting take on the Desire range that could thrive at a lower price point.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 4 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 20 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 800 x 480
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Low price
  • Vivid screen
  • Compact design

Against

  • Average specs
  • Lower RAM
  • Cut down HTC Sense
  • Flimsy back cover

The HTC Desire X comes with a 5MP camera round the back and frankly it's a little disappointing.

There's a single LED flash just above the lens, which are both housed in their own shiny oval which sports a similar concentric ring design as seen on the back of the Transformer Prime and Asus Padfone 2.

HTC Desire X review

For those of you who like video calling, or having the odd vanity check, the Desire X won't be able to help you, as HTC has decided against installing a front facing camera.

While the HTC One V also shuns a front facing snapper, most of the Desire X's competition has one, including the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, Orange San Diego and Sony Xperia P.

HTC Desire X review

The 5MP camera is relatively par for the price bracket that the HTC Desire X falls into, but if you're looking for an affordable handset with a decent camera you may want to cast your eye over the San Diego or Xperia P, both of which boast 8MP snappers.

Accessing the camera is simple, there's a shortcut from the lockscreen, or if you're already using the phone, just tap the camera icon on the homescreen or in the app list.

HTC Desire X review

The app itself takes a couple of seconds to load up and when it does you're greeted with the familiar HTC camera setup, with large shutter and video buttons to the right of the screen, an effects menu above and a link to the gallery below.

On the opposite side there are flash and scene mode shoutcuts, as well as button for the settings menu, and bridging the gap between the two sides is a (digital) zoom bar.

HTC Desire X review

There's not a huge amount of options to fiddle with, your basic ISO, exposure, contrast and white balance settings present, along with face and smile detection.

You have the choice of eight scene modes which including HDR, panorama and close up, but we tended to keep the setting on Auto unless we wanted a sweeping panorama shot.

HTC Desire X review

In terms of effects HTC does treat you to a wider range than most handset manufacturers, with stalwarts such as negative, sepia and aqua lining up alongside the likes of distortion, vignette, dots and three vintage settings - spiffing.

The Desire X takes less than a second to snap a picture once you hit the shutter button, which is great if you want to take lots of photos at the same time, and the auto-focus manages to keep up most of the time.

HTC Desire X review

If you want to take a continuous burst of photos, keep the shutter button depressed and the HTC Desire X will fire away at a rate of knots, taking up to 10 photos at a time and then offering you an overview of all of them so you can select the best.

The quality of images taken with the Desire X is variable, with some looking better than others. We noticed that results could appear grainy and slightly blurred at times, while others looked a little more professional.

We wouldn't single out the Desire X out for photography prowess, but as a casual snapper it fits the bill if you're easily pleased.

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Outside the Desire X can take reasonable shots, even when the sun isn't shining.

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Indoors the camera does ok, however the image is a little blurred in places.

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These flowers are colourful, but also a little out of focus.

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In dark situations, without a flash the Desire X unsurprisingly struggles.

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With the flash on the camera is able to take a much better shot.

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The flash can make people's eyes look rather scary though…

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Close up the Desire X was able to pick up the writing on the knife.

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One of the Desire X's fancy effects is distortion.

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Another effect available in the camera app is vignette.

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The dots effect makes for an alternative style of photo.

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Panorama mode does a relatively good job of sticking five images together.

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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
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Call Timer, Conference Call
Pixel Density233 ppi
Height118.5 mm
Width62.3 mm
Depth9.3 mm
Radio TunerYes
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