HTC Desire X: Think of it as a low end One V, minus the chin

Yesterday Samsung and Sony announced a plethora of new smartphones. Today it’s HTC turn to show off the goods. According to The Verge, HTC has just unveiled the Desire X. It has a 4 inch 800 x 480 screen, a dual core 1 GHz processor, 768 MB of RAM, and a 5 megapixel camera that can’t even record video at anything higher than VGA resolution. HTC isn’t saying how much the Desire X is going to cost, which makes it difficult for us to say whether or not this thing is worth buying. The dual core processor, which is designed by Qualcomm, actually uses two ARM Cortex A5 cores. They should deliver decent performance, but again, without a price tag it’s very difficult to judge this product. We often recommend that a better way to save money when buying a new phone is to simply buy last year’s flagship.

Right now you can get a brand new HTC One V in Germany for 270 Euros. The Desire X is most certainly going to be cheaper, but not by much. The new Desire C goes for 175 Euros. If you’re brave enough to buy something second hand, you can pick up a Samsung Galaxy S II, one of the best Android devices ever sold, for a little over 300 Euros. The price difference is worth delaying your purchase if you’re the type of person to hold onto a phone for a few years.

But back to the Desire X, it has roughly the same specifications as the ZTE Blade III, a device that’ll likely hit the market by the end of this year. Now ZTE may not exactly have the same brand recognition as HTC, but if you’re looking to save money then they’re a company that’ll often undercut many of the larger players.

Author: Stefan

Stefan has been writing about the mobile phone industry since November 2006. He also spent 14 months at Nokia between 2008 and 2009, but has since purchased a Nexus One and an Apple iPhone. He's watching Windows Phone like a hawk, hoping it'll get better with time.