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HTC Desire X review

Andrew Williams



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Our Score:



  • Neat, slim design
  • Decent screen


  • No front-facing camera
  • Mediocre main camera
  • No HD video capture

Key Features

  • Dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon CPU
  • 768MB RAM
  • 5-megapixel camera with LED flash
  • 4-inch 480 x 800 pixel Super LCD screen
  • 4GB internal memory
  • Manufacturer: HTC
  • Review Price: £234.99


The HTC Desire X is a phone that shows you don't have to spend all that much money to get an Android phone that feels fairly high-end. At under £250 SIM-free, it's priced to compete with mid-range Androids like the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. It may not cause jaws to drop, but the HTC Desire X is a phone that even the smartphone elite should be able to live with easily enough.

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HTC Desire X Design

The HTC Desire X resurrects one of HTC's classic smartphone ranges. The original HTC Desire, released in 2010, was one of the first phones that the occasional gran knew, alongside the hordes of phone geeks. It was a class act.

Desire is no longer a high-end brand, though. The One range has bumped it down a peg, leaving the HTC Desire X, HTC Desire C and HTC Desire V to supply mid-range phones for those on a slightly restricted budget.

Turn on the critical eye and this is apparent in the HTC Desire X's bodywork. Where the mid-range HTC One V has a largely metal body, this phone is mostly plastic. There's a thin strip of metal surrounding the screen, but the rear is covered almost completely by a removable soft touch plastic battery cover.

A few design touches stop the HTC Desire X from looking too cheap, though. There's the unusually large camera sensor surround on the rear, finished in an eye-catching texture of concentric circles. Matched with the small Beats logo on the phone's rear, it provides the phone with a slightly youth-centric vibe, but not to an extent that should put off grown-up buyers.

HTC has also produced a bunch of tailored cases if you want to take the look closer towards the unusual. There are hard shell plastic cases with circular cut-outs that let the phone's bodywork show through.

There's a hint of styling, but the HTC Desire X does feel a little less distinctive than the HTC One V.

Physical connectivity is standard for a mid-range phone like this. There's a microUSB port on its left edge that also doubles as an MHL video output. Using the right accessory - available for a shade under £20 - the HTC Desire X can output movies to a TV. The positioning of this connector may seem a little odd when the standard is to jam it on the bottom, but it's consistent with the HTC One X design, letting you use the Desire X with that phone's dock

The 3.5mm headphone jack sits up top, just where you'd expect it to be. Although this is the top-end model in the new Desire line-up, its internal storage is minimal at 4GB. However, HTC does include a microSD memory card slot, which lives under the battery cover.

HTC has gone through the standard mid-range moves with the HTC Desire X. It's smaller than the top-end models, it's fairly thin at 9.3mm and the largely plastic-bodied design keeps it light at 114g. Aside from the slight lip that's a genetic throwback to the unibody days of the Desire range, this phone's good looks feel quite commonplace. But in a reasonably affordable phone this is no bad thing.

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Gaurav Kumar

September 23, 2012, 7:20 pm

1. This phone has no compass
2. Dedicated Imaging chip as in One series means taking Video & photos simultaneously

Can you confirm 3 things?
1. Is the Sense 4.1 the full version or some stripped/cut down version? Does it have the Active Lock Screen and other features missing from the One V or the Desire C?
2. I have also read that the dual core snapdragon S4 processor used is kinda old and crappy. So the old processor even if with 2 cores won't be able to perform like a real dual core. I know it's a budget phone but still did you experience any lags specifically in the homescreen/web browsing/playing Temple Run?



October 31, 2012, 5:14 pm

I think you mean 768MB of RAM.


November 1, 2012, 4:30 am

The Nexus 4 has set the cat amongst the pigeons - a high end spec competing at the price point of mid rangers like Desire X.


November 1, 2012, 4:55 pm

So for the same money as the new Nexus 4, you get half the power?

Perhaps HTC needs or update its out-of-date notions of 'mid-market.


February 8, 2013, 9:54 pm

Hello guys, my Desire X is acting very strange, the screen suddently changed the colors and went on and off for 3 seconds, and after that everything was ok. I decided to turn it off and I did, but now I can't turn it on ... I tried a factory reset. i.e. remove and replace the battery, hold down the volume button and then press the power button, but didn't work.

Still when I plug it in my computer, the led turns on but I can't access the phone using the computer since it doesn't turn on.

I don't think the power button is broken because it was working just fine before this. Does anybody know what's the solution for my problem here? Thanx!

Jules Mary-Jane

May 18, 2013, 11:29 pm

Worst fone I've ever bought I've had it into be fixed three times since I bought it 6 months ago, SD card won't work in it, no sound, answer calls I can hear them they can't hear me, now after having it back for a month, it says emerg calls only, no sim! Seriously it is a worthless piece of shit, not to mention u can't get fully enclosed cases for them.

Jules Mary-Jane

May 18, 2013, 11:30 pm

Also slow as


October 7, 2013, 7:33 am

I have HTC desire X Dual Sim phone. The worst phone ever i used in my life.
You can not connect this phone with your LCD/ LED TV (Samsung,s new branded TV)
This shows only Camera photos on the LCD screen when connected trough USB.
No other files are shown there like, Videos , Music, Picture, Contacts etc.No one from HTC CS is able to give me any solution of this problem. They themselves are untrained or not having any idea of this problem how it will be resolved.Some one says that you can not see videos of from your device on your TV , some one says you have to go for HDMI cable , some one to purchase an extra media device for this etc. Can some one tell me how I can see all these thins on my LCD screen pls.? If some one can help me regarding this I will be very thankful. These featurs are given now a days in a local/ china phones also who very eiasly use to play Videos on LCD scree through USB cable. After investing 16 -17K if some one faces these types of problems then it is really disgusting.

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