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 HTC Desire X Available now
30th August 2012

At the moment there seems to be a trend of consumers looking at larger screens when upgrading their smartphones, with a steady increase in display size over the past couple of years. But bigger screens tend to be more expensive, and this creates a price barrier for potential consumers.

The HTC Desire X is a handset that does offer a relatively large 4.0" touchscreen display, but it keeps the costs down by limiting the resolution to a fairly modest 480 x 800 pixels. Nokia pulled off an even more audacious version of this trick with the 4.3" Lumia 900, and it seems that many consumers are simply not that bothered about the pixel count.

Furthermore, the rest of the Desire X's specifications seem to have been designed in a similar way. The dual-core 1GHz CPU isn't quite as fast as the market leaders, the 768Mb of RAM is a bit below what you might find in the top of the range devices, the 5 megapixel camera isn't quite keeping up with the 8+ megapixels that are becoming common these days. But it's a pretty powerful and capable handset nonetheless.

 HTC Desire X Twelve months ago most of this hardware would have been state-of-the-art. But these days the hardware is just a lot cheaper while still being pretty powerful, so the Desire X is still likely to be a very nice device in use.

Despite the slightly not-quite-cutting-edge specifications, the software is much more up-to-date with Android 4.0 and HTC Sense 4.0 running on top to make it look pretty. Music playback is enhanced with Beats Audio, and there are number of other HTC enhancements too.  It does everything that every other Android 4.0 smartphone does, but it has the advantage of looking rather nicer than most of its rivals.

The HTC Desire X is due for release during September 2012, but no guidance has been given on price. We don't expect this to be a very expensive handset though, we guess that it will retail for around €300 or so including taxes in order to be competitive.

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HTC Desire X at a glance

Available:

September 2012

Network:

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

UMTS 900 / 2100 or 850 / 2100

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSPA + WiFi

Screen:

4.0" 480 x 800 pixels

Camera:

5 megapixels

Size:

Medium tablet smartphone

119 x 65 x 9.3mm / 114 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

MicroSD (4GB internal)

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Optional

GPS:

Yes

OS:

Android 4.0

Battery life:

10 hours talk / 34 days standby (3G)

1650 mAh cell

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