HTC Desire X Is Official – Blurs The Lines Between Low and Mid-Range Devices


It’s not the rumored 5-inch HTC device we might have been looking for, but the recently leaked HTC Desire X has just been made official at IFA 2012. Before you run off — let’s talk about some of the specs from the mini-One X looking device.

Under the hood this little guy packs a fair amount of punch with a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm “S4 Play” processor (that’s Qualcomm’s lower-end S4 SoC), 4-inch SLCD display, 5MP shooter (complete with HTC’s ImageChip), 4GB’s of internal storage and, of course, Sense 4.1 with Dre’s famous Beats Audio integration.

Like most of HTC devices fresh out of Taiwan, Dropbox is offering 25GB of free cloud storage until the end of 2013 for the Desire X. The device blurs the line between low, mid and even high-end devices with a mixture of various specs. Honestly, I don’t even know how to categorize this myself. The HTC Desire X will be available in black and white colors arriving in Europe and Asian countries in sometime in September. No word on a US release, but it seems like a likely candidate for Boost or Virgin Mobile.


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*.

Authentic Sound
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 September 2012.

* 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.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. You got me excited with ‘this little guy packs some punch’, was hoping for a ~3.5″ device with decent specs so my mate can finally update his phone.
    Why oh WHY is there no decent phone under 4″? Not everyone wants BIG phones (unlike me).

    1. 3.5-inches? Sounds like your “friend” wants an iPhone.. O_o

      1. Even iPhone is supposed to be going to 4″ now.
        4″ isn’t really that big. I’m sure your ‘friend’ will cope with the slight size increase.

        1. Funny how Apple fans are so excited over mid-range specs

      2. Not by a LONG way, he’s a linux user that likes OPEN things and to have the illusion of control of his own life (I put the illusion in ;) ).
        I kind of agree with him tho as I find my 4.3 too big sometimes. Can’t reach notification bar when just using one hand without adjusting grip.
        Still like a big screen the rest of the time, but he wants a small phone with big power.
        There’s a market there, which is barely taped by Android and that’s a shame. CrApple have a patent on rectangle with rounded corners, not 3.5″ displays!

    2. Agreed! I’m one of those people!

  2. So it looks like HTC is abandoning its decision to not launch so many devices. What market is this filling that the One S was not already filling?

    1. if I recall correctly, they never claimed they’d be launching less devices, so it doesn’t look like that at all. They said they’d be launching less low-end devices that brought down brand image…or something like that. And this thing is certainly not low end.
      I don’t know what HTC’s plans are but this could probably fit in pretty easy at the top of a pre-paid carrier’s lineup, like where HTC’s best prepaid phone is an EVO 3D with a different name. Or in markets where bigger phones don’t sell well but people still want all the bells and whistles.

  3. Do they have anything coming soon that is meant to compete with the sIII? I have an upgrade in November, and Im getting worried they wont have any high end stuff.

  4. I understand using Low-End and High-End as descriptors for technology. But the middle is not an end, it is in between ends. Something cannot be Mid-End. It may be middle grade, or middle quality. But please, let’s stop using this ridiculous “mid-end” phrase.

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