HTC Desire X: Turbo Android phone hands on preview
Meet the HTC Desire X, just one of a slew of new smartphones launching at the IFA gadget expo in Germany this week, and out to woo you away from the upcoming iPhone 5. We got hands on with the sparky little Android phone ahead of its official launch this week: read on to find out what we made of it and see it up close.
While HTC’s One X is an impressive opponent for the likes of the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Taiwanese tech company is hoping that the HTC Desire X will be a tempting option for anyone coming to the end of a contract with an original HTC Desire, or even an iPhone 3GS.
Certainly, the kit it’s packing make it seem that way. The HTC Desire X squeezes in a 4-inch screen, as well as a nippy dual-core 1GHz processor and five megapixel camera, which packs the same clever tech as the shooters on the HTC One X and One S: you can hold down to shoot in burst mode, or even take photos while recording HD video at the same time.
We got a chance to play with the HTC Desire X yesterday, and came away impressed. Its 4-inch screen is just the right size for most people, and the front is almost all screen. It’s sporting the slick curves of last year’s HTC Desire S, but it’s even thinner, and both white and black models feel much more posh than their plastic casing would have you believe on paper.
Hardcore HTC fans will be sad to hear it’s lacking a few things, however, that the One series boast. HTC’s movie download service, Watch, is missing, and you don’t get all the whizzy 3D effects that the One X and One S offer – but you do get Beats Audio sound tweaking, which boosts the bass and treble in your songs.
Otherwise though, the smaller screen and camera sensor, and slightly slower processor (Not that you’d notice unless you were really trying to break it) are really all that separates it from its powerful bigger brothers – you get the same easy to use “Sense” software experience HTC is known for.
The HTC Desire X is out in the middle of September, with pricing still to be confirmed. What do you make of it though? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.