With no dedicated event and keeping a relatively low profile at IFA, HTC has quietly unveiled the HTC Desire X - a beautiful 4.0-inch mid-range Android device. The Desire X, that leaked out earlier under the HTC Proto codename, runs on Ice Cream Sandwich and looks very similar to the dual-SIM Desire V, but this time it’s a single-SIM affair.
The 4.0-inch LCD screen features WVGA, or 480 x 800-pixel resolution. HTC has packed this with a Qualcomm dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip clocked at 1GHz. This however is not one of the monster 28nm chips seen in high-end devices, but rather a very modest Cortex A5 chip made using 45nm technology. Dubbed S4 Play, the chip stutters with more intensive tasks, but you'd expect this of a mid-range device after all.
The Desire X features a 5-megapixel camera that should be a pretty decent shooter with backside illuminated sensor, HTC’s own ImageChip and best of all some of the camera features we’ve seen on higher end models like fast activation, burst shots (but much slower, at 2 frames per second) and VideoPic that allows you to take still while you record video. Sadly, video recording maxes out at 480p, there is no 720p. The device also comes with Beats Audio.
Finally, while we have no price, the release date for the Desire X is September in markets like Europe, Africa and Asia, with no word on a US launch.
HTC UNVEILS HTC DESIRE X: BLAZING
PERFORMANCE, STATE OF THE ART CAMERA AND AUTHENTIC SOUND
A seriously entertaining, powerful and social smartphone with a state of the art camera
that includes VideoPic™ for simultaneous image and video capture and Continuous Shooting
for capturing multiple fast-paced action photos
BERLIN, GERMANY – IFA - 30th August, 2012 - HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation
and design, today unveiled the HTC Desire X, an affordable smartphone that delivers a
state of the art camera, stunning sound and incredible processing power and speed. Tuned
with HTC exclusive Beats Audio™, this device also delivers a dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm ®
Snapdragon S4™ processor and social features that enable you to stay better connected.
"HTC Desire X is an extension of your social life," said Jason Mackenzie, President, Global
Sales and Marketing for HTC Corporation. "If you're looking to enjoy and share high quality
multimedia, wherever you are, this is the phone for you. It not only looks and sounds great,
but also provides a super-fast, highly personal mobile experience at a great price."
Iconic design, powerful performance
This striking design is built to withstand everyday life while remaining both slim and
compact. With the inclusion of HTC Sense® and Android™ 4.0, every individual's experience
is completely personal. The impressive 4-inch super LCD WVGA screen on the HTC Desire
X with increased viewing angle also means that everything will appear in vivid colour and
with amazing clarity.
State of the art camera
Perfect for point-and-shoot spontaneity, the 5 megapixel camera on the HTC Desire X takes
fantastic photographs, even in challenging low-light conditions, thanks to HTC's proprietary
ImageChip, a f/2.0, 28mm wide-angle lens, BSI sensor, HDR mode and automatic adjustable
flash. When capturing content you won't need to choose between video or photos again,
with VideoPic you can to take video and stills at the same time. This smartphone can even
record the most fleeting of moments with superfast activation (within 1 second) and auto
focus with Always Focus. What's more, one-press Continuous Shooting allows you to
capture multiple photos of fast-paced action, be it a medal-winning sprint or the family dog.
Sharing made easy
Saving and sharing photos, videos and files is easy on HTC Desire X – with one touch you
can instantly share content with your friends and family via email, text or social networks.
Dropbox integration also gives you 25GB of free online storage for two years*.
Delivering deep bass and richer, more powerful sound, integrated Beats Audio on the HTC
Desire X makes you feel like you are actually hearing your music in the studio. With Beats
headphones, you can also enjoy a superior listening experience thanks to HTC Desire X
specifically tuned audio profiles. What's more, the phone also supports High Definition
wireless audio through Bluetooth®.
HTC Desire X will be available in selected markets across EMEA and Asia Pacific from
* Dropbox 25GB of free storage deal is available to those who sign up to it before the end of
2013. Sign up using the HTC Desire X device. Dropbox is provided by a third party.