So the rumours were true – there’s a new HTC phone and it’s called the Desire X. HTC has officially launched its new mid-ranger, an Android Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone that will be priced below HTC’s One series of superphones, but a notch above its sub-£200 Desire C.
The Desire X sports a four-inch WVGA touch-screen with optical lamination to cut glare and improve visibility in direct sunlight. The plastic chassis is molded so it’s almost like the unibody build of the HTC One X, V and S. It's so compactly built that it actually feels smaller than the 3.7-inch HTC Desire.
Under the hood, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1GHz chip powers the phone – and is apparently power-efficient too. 4GB of on-board memory can be bolstered by the microSD slot as well as 25GB of free Dropbox cloud storage for two years. Naturally, it supports 3G, Wi-Fi, and GPS.
Like the One series, the Desire X comes packing Beats Audio, though to keep costs down, HTC isn’t shipping this phone with the official Beats headphones.
The five-megapixel camera has a low light-friendly f/2.0 lens, with the zero shutter lag and burst mode feature (roughly two frames per second) we saw in the HTC One phones. Other features include a BSI sensor, wide-angle lens, auto-focus and tap to focus, as well as the ability to shoot WVGA video.
The Desire X comes in black and white, and will be on shelves in mid-September. Phones 4u has confirmed stock, while Virgin Media has published Desire X tariffs, including the Virgin 'Premiere' tariff offering unlimited data, texts and 2,500 minutes on a 24 month contract.
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