HTC Desire X a.k.a HTC Proto: Review

Before HTC’s One series, there were Wildfires, Sensations, Rhymes and Desires. Among these, Desire series devices were one of the most sought after smartphones. In August, pictures were leaked of a HTC device code named Proto. But it was later launched in October as the HTC Desire X, which was kind of odd, since HTC had talked about lowering the number of product launches each year and also launch new series like the One series. So, why did HTC launch Proto as the Desire X? Well, some attribute it to the fact that the One series devices did not sell much and so HTC tried to revive its old brand, the Desire. Now that we are done with some history and speculations talks, let us move onto the review part. So here is how we found the Desire X.

Design

Since the Desire X was launched after the launch of many One series devices, does share some similarities with the One series devices, mainly the One X. it has the same curves and design as the One X. Ignore the size difference and it is easy to mistaken the Desire X for the One X, at least while looking from the front. The back is a different story.  The cam has been moved to the side, which is surrounded by a huge (ugly) glossy area around it. The HTC branding has also been moved to the side, below the cam and has been tilted. Even the speaker grill has been shrunk compared to the One X and again like everything else on the back, has been move to the side. The beats audio branding has been moved down, right next to the speakers.  Since the Desire X falls in the mid-range, HTC has done away with the polycarbonate unibody. One can remove the back cover, but one might feel a bit scared since the back cover is made up of thin plastic and a fear of breaking it is obvious. Other than the back, overall built quality and feel of the device is good.

Hardware

Display: The Desire X has a 4 inch Super LCD display, with a resolution of 480X800 pixels which gives it a pixel density of 233 pixels per inch.

Processor: Since the Desire X is a mid-range device, it is sure to lack the quad-cores found on the One X. The Desire X instead has a 1GHz dual-core Cortex-A5 CPU. The 1 GHz is a bit on the low side, if we compare it with other devices, including the recently unveiled HTC One SV. Even HTC’s One V (launched in feb 2012, which is quite a long time ago in smartphone years) had a similar processor with the same clock speed.

Camera: The Desire X has a 5MP cam. Being a mid-range device, some might feel it is okay for the Desire X to have a 5MP cam. But we would disagree. The original Desire, which was launched eons ago (to be exact two years ago), had a similar 5MP cam. Hence a newer Desire device should have something better (no denying that the image quality is better, but still a higher resolution wouldn’t have hurt anyone). The 5MP cam on the Desire X can record 480p videos @30fps.To make it worse, it is also missing a front facing cam.

Memory: The Desire X comes with 4GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 32GB using a microSD. It also has a 768MB of RAM, a bit less than the 1GB RAM found on the One SV.

Connectivity: The Desire X comes with the usual stuff like Bluetooth 4.0, 3G, A-GPS, GPS, EDGE, GPRS, microUSB, Bluetooth, WLAN and DLNA. But, lacks LTE and NFC.

Battery:  The Desire X has a 1650mAh replaceable battery, which is a bit too less even when compare to the one on the One SV.

Software

The HTC Desire X come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is kind of sad since rest of the world has already moved onto Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and are waiting now for Android 4.2. This displeasure can be justified since HTC’s One SV, which was unveiled in November, comes with Android 4.1. So now the question is, will the Desire X get a Jelly Bean Update or not. Earlier, HTC had ruled out Jelly Bean update for the One X and Desire C stating insufficient RAM (Both had only 512MB of RAM). So will the Desire X with 768MB of RAM get Jelly Bean?  Yes it will. But no news of when. Otherwise, software on the Desire X is usable. The cam software comes with many of the same functions that are found on the One series device, like simultaneous video shooting and image capture functions etc. Overall the software on the Desire is usable, but not great. We are still thinking about why HTC decided to sell the Desire X with ICS and make consumers wait for a JB update, they could have just launched the device with JB installed.

Price: Rs.18,499

 MachineHappy Verdict

Pros:

  • Well designed

 

Cons

  • Underpowered
  • Old OS

 

The Desire X is a good device to have, but it does come with its drawbacks. A processor with faster clock rate and a more up to-date OS would have made it a device which many would have loved.