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HTC Desire X: The Budget Android to Watch

Steven Blum
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HTC's Desire X just may end up being the best budget Android out there. The device is expected to go live by the end of the month with a 1 GHz, dual-core processor, 4-inch super LCD, 400x800 IPS display, 756MB of RAM, and a 5MP camera with LED flash. A 1650 mAh Li-ion battery provides users with 600 minutes of talktime or 833 hours in standby over 3G, which really isn't shabby at all. 

Those still stellar specs for a flagship, but HTC is after the mid-range market here, which is growing more competitive by the minute. This is the price segment Samsung has been actively courting for years now, and we were worried HTC wouldn't be able to compete after the company announced they were only going to focus on "a few good phones."

But the Desire X's looks alone could get it noticed. This phone, unlike many of Samsung's budget models, still retains the look and feel of its more expensive siblings. The vast majority of YouTube users have been complimenting the phone on its "beautiful," "elegant," and "sleek" design. We have to say we agree.

Price-wise, Clove is selling this baby for 228 pounds or around $360 dollars without a contract, although we're expecting that price to drop soon (devices are always more expensive when they first show up on Clove).  If the phone drops below $275, I'm calling this a steal. Until then, we'll just have to wait and see what the price ends up in the U.S. market.

Full specs below:

  • 4-inch Super LCD capacitive touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixels resolution and 233 ppi pixel density
  • Dual-core 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon S4 Play processor
  • 768 MB of RAM
  • 4 GB of on-board storage + 25 GB of free Dropbox storage
  • MicroSD support for expanding the memory with an additional 32 GB
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash and one-press continuous shooting
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense UI 4.0 on top
  • Beats Audio sound enhancement
  • 1,650 mAh battery
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • DLNA
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • MicroUSB 2.0
  • 3G
  • Accelerometer, proximity and compass sensors
  • A-GPS support
  • 114 grams weight
  • 118.5 x 62.3 x 9.3 mm dimensions

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  • Dvoraak Sep 4, 2012 Link

    Didn't HTC say they were going to concentrate exclusively on the high end market just a few months ago? I think something is wrong with the low to mid-range Android market and I wonder how much customer satisfaction there is. My evidence is purely circumstantial but still I wonder.

    http://marketshare.hitslink.com/

    I have no idea if netmarketshare is in the bag for Apple but it's the only one tracking these statistics as far as I know and they're supposed to be tracking hits on 40,000 websites.

    With Android's overall market share, it's share of web usage doesn't add up at all. The easiest explanation would be that there's something lacking in the low end market. If you pay the same money for an Android that you'd pay for an iPhone and get a premium user experience, it stands to reason that you'd use the device the same way any iPhone user would. If that's true then it also stands to reason that people aren't using the low end devices the same way.

    All that is to say, HTC should go after the high end market where it's one of a few offering a premium experience instead of one in a deluge of probable sub-par devices.

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  • Steven Blum Sep 4, 2012 Link

    I think you need a mix of high and low end devices to succeed. HTC's biggest advantage is that they have the design skills to create phones that look high-end, and offer them for lower prices. This phone will probably just work fine, so long as you don't care too much about the display, camera or memory (although, thank God, you have a microSD card slot). At least it's not too slow.

    HTC did plan on focusing purely on high-end devices, but that's not really a feasible long-term strategy, especially when so much of Android's growth is happening in developing countries.

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  • Dvoraak Sep 4, 2012 Link

    I wonder how many brands there are in those countries. The last statistic I read (a few months ago) said there have been 4000 Android releases worldwide. That is a lot of competition when you're aiming at it's median.

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  • Steven Blum Sep 4, 2012 Link

    Good point. And standout models like the Galaxy S3 are leading the way. But without a major hit, you're screwed. Thus: back to budget phones.

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  • Dvoraak Sep 4, 2012 Link

    Well, aside from profitability, HTC has done alright so far. As of a couple of months ago they were rated 2nd in customer satisfaction. Yeah... I'm big on stats. They help keep me objective :)

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  • Steven Blum Sep 4, 2012 Link

    Me too! :)

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  • Ilgaz Sep 5, 2012 Link

    Low end is 256mb/512mb devices made by Huawei, Zte which can perfectly serve to some kind of users for years.
    This is mid end, not low end.

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