HTC Desire X Review

Introduction and Design

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.

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