HTC Desire X Official: One style, low price
Well it didn’t take HTC long to announce the Desire X after it was recently leaked. The HTC Desire X is a low-to-mid range device, and although no prices have been officially announced, it is expected to be priced somewhere between the Desire C and the One V. The specifications are the same as what we already know, but in case you need a refresher, here’s what we’re talking about:
- 4-inch WVGA (480 x 800 pixels) Super LCD
- 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 ‘Play’ processor
- 768MB RAM
- 4GB storage
- 5MP camera
- 1,650mAh battery
- Micro-SD card slot
- 9.69mm thick
Although the screen resolution isn’t going to blow anyone away, HTC claims that the screen uses similar lamination technology to that used on the HTC One X. According to the guys over at The Verge the screen measures up and it is at least nice to see HTC incorporating the excellent screen technology of the One X onto a cheaper device.
The style of the phone has obvious links to the One S and One X, including the same three capacitive-button layout, perforated speaker-grill, smooth curving lines and edge-to-edge screen. It certainly looks much sleeker than its specs would suggest and whilst it’s not as thin as its more expensive brothers, 9.69mm is by no means fat.
This phone now brings HTC’s lineup of current phones to 5 though and it does make you wonder what number HTC is planning on stopping at. In range of price there is now the Desire C, Desire X, One V, One S and One X/One XL as well as the myriad of older models still available from stores. Whilst this isn’t a huge number of phones (Sony’s recent announcement brings their count up to 6, after all) the question remains whether this phone is filling a niche or struggling to make one where there isn’t. In my mind this phone is a better looking device with a better sized screen than the One V (the One V is just too small to me) so whilst I think it’ll make a very compelling low-end offering, it is competing very directly with it’s One V brother.
As I said in my last post about the Desire X, I (and others on the Android Australia team) are hanging out to see the HTC lift the lid on some bigger devices. Show me an announced HTC phablet or tablet, and I’ll be a happy man. For those that are considering a cheap phone however, and think 4 inches is their sweet spot, this might just be your thing.
HTC says they expect it to go on sale in Europe and Asia in mid-September and whilst we don’t currently have any word about when, if, and with what carriers it will be coming to Australia, rest assured we’ll let you know when we know.