HTC Desire X Review

Last time when HTC had a serious contender positioned in the mid-range Android category was when the One V hit the shelves. It was a cute little handset with good build quality and adequate performance. However, it has been a while since then, so we guess the maker decided to spice things up a bit with a new device.

Introducing the HTC Desire X – a smartphone that fits perfectly in the mid-range tier with its 4-inch screen, 1GHz dual-core processor, 4GB of storage and 5-megapixel auto-focus camera. Yeah, perhaps those features don't seem too exciting at first, but when you add the smartphone's reasonable pricing to the equation, it suddenly seems like we have a potential winner on our hands. Or do we? Let's find out!

The box contains:
  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • Wired stereo headset
  • CD with the user manual
  • Quick start guide
  • Warranty and other documentation


To just say that the HTC Desire X looks nice would be a gross understatement In fact, the smartphone is surprisingly attractive and is surely among the best-looking Android mid-rangers we've come across lately. With its gently curved back side, the device fits like a glove when being held and feels just like an extension of your hand – comfortable to grasp and easy to operate.

You can compare the HTC Desire X with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

There are a few things, however, that HTC could have paid more attention to. First and foremost, the physical buttons on the Desire X – the lock button on top and the 2-button volume rocker on its right side, are a pain in the rear to use due to their poor tactile response and insufficient travel. Another thing that bothers us is just how easily fingerprints stick to the plastic back plate of the smartphone, at least on its black version, and how tricky it is to get them off afterwards.


Super LCD 2 is the technology used to make the 4-inch screen on the HTC Desire X, just like the case is with the HTC One X flagship. That explains why the display panel is so pleasing to the eye, with its bright, lively colors and impressively wide viewing angles. Furthermore, the screen retains a decent level of visibility even when the sun is shining right at it, although using your hand to provide some shade might be required in extreme occasions. As far as details are concerned, the 480 by 800 pixels of resolution is so 2010, but it is acceptable for a display of this size, especially when a traditional RGB pixel arrangement is in use.



1. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

not better than the Xperia p

4. RedFox

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

not even close to be , upgradeable to JB very bright screen aluminum uni body 8 mp camera 1080p video 16 gb internal 1 gb of ram nfc simply it looks beautiful .

9. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

But remember, for PA, the SGSIII Mini is better LOL

11. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

desire x pros: sense xperai p pros: everything else

2. MeoCao unregistered

way better than S3 mini

3. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

the p is better because it got bigger ram , its aluminium body , its bright display , its 1808p camera , front cam .... what else?? only turn off is no micro sd card!!

5. psysect

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

desire x is better than xperia p when it has : Sense UI v4.0(not campare with Timescape UI) - beat audio(best quality sound) - wave support - micro Sd - bluetooth v4.0 - chipset Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon - much better battry 1650 mAh - dynamic design

7. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Please the Xperia P is better on every aspect.

10. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

If you put "beats audio" above Walkman...I have bad news for you.

6. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

As of now, I think this is the best affordable mid-range smartphone in the market. Too bad htc didn't include a front facing camera:(

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012


12. Varyar

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 22, 2012

@Phonearena: Are the specs mentioend accurate? Has it been updated after the review? It says Desire X has Scratch-resistant glass & Compass. Is that true?

13. redmd

Posts: 1948; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

can't they have a4 inch quad core phone? even an underclocked tegra will do.

15. henrys

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

meizu mx 4-core, bad luck its only in china

14. ghufranjani26

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

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16. theboxer23

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

Guys help me decide what to buy the samsung galaxy s duos, or htc desire x?

20. Varyar

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 22, 2012

Desire X

17. kairo

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

phone arena plz answer !!! I want 2 buy dis fone, but i dont know is dis fone has Scratch-resistant glass ? some sites (Gsmarena) says it hasn't!!

19. Varyar

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 22, 2012

It does not have...

18. jitts

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think grand sucks in front of htc desire x

21. Varyar

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 22, 2012

Yes, it does with the low Pixel dencity and huge size.... Whilst it has a bright screen

22. vikrantsingh47

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 27, 2013

which is better, lg optimus L7 ll or desire x ?
Desire X
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1650 mAh(6h 3G talk time)

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