The struggle for the top budget smartphone position is not over for HTC, as it keeps up with the other smartphone ginats in their offerings. HTC’s latest attempt comes with its announcement of the HTC Desire X, which sadly does not get a flagship title but will do well soon in the mass market of budget conscious consumers.
An initial look reveals that the HTC Desire X is similar to the Desire V that is dual-SIM. It has a 4-inch screen made of LCD and gives a WVGA (480 x 800 pixels) resolution. A real icing on the device is the out of the box experience of Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich complete with the company’s proprietary HTC Sense 4.0 user interface, well known for its goodies like Beats Audio and Image Clip.
As a budget market targeted phone, it is not surprising that the HTC Desire X has only one camera, which is at the rear side, but its other specifications are good. It has an f/2.0 28mm wide-angle lens together with a flash that automatically adjusts, a BSI Sensor and HDR mode. Image storage of pictures and other files is available on the 4GB internal shared memory and with a micro SD; this can increase to 32GB.
Connectivity for the device comes through Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, micro USB, 3.5mm earphone port and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP; the power to use these specs comes from a 1,650mAh battery. Its processor is a Qualcomm dual-core Snapdragon S4 with a maximum speed of 1GHz combined with a Cortex A5 chip; expect some stuttering when using the device to handle intensive tasks like 3D gaming.
The best option is to use it for basic phone tasks and leave HD movies and power games to its bigger cousins. After all, the 5-megapixel camera can only do a maximum of 480p on the video recording front. The good thing is that with Video Pic, a part of the HTC Sense 4.0 goodies, you can take still images in the middle of recording a video.
Still on the software, the company is making it easier for file sharing by including a free Drop box account, with a 25GB capacity that will last for two years, after which users will have to downgrade or pay. HTC fans and new converts should check on their stores in this fourth quarter of 2012; however, pricing details are scanty now, but as a budget phone, it is enough to speculate on that kind of a price range.