The HTC Desire X packs a 4" LCD display of WVGA resolution (480x800), which is more, in terms of both size and resolution, than you get with the Desire C.
The image quality of the screen is quite good, particularly given that we are talking a mid-range smartphone here. We expected the HTC Desire X screen to be identical to that of the HTC Desire V, but in reality it did way better in our tests. We are not sure if that's due to the smartphone having a different unit or to variances in production, but the upgrade is quite significant.
|Display test||50% brightness||100% brightness|
|Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2||Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2|
|HTC Desire X||0.18||226||1273||0.33||421||1275|
|HTC Desire V||0.33||340||1027||0.48||506||1054|
|Sony Xperia tipo||-||-||-||0.75||561||751|
|HTC Desire C||0.23||186||814||0.5||360||723|
|HTC One X||0.15||200||1375||0.39||550||1410|
|Sony Xperia U||0.35||287||831||0.55||515||930|
|Samsung S7500 Galaxy Ace Plus||0.27||239||873||0.6||528||888|
The native contrast of the screen is actually quite good, even if the maximum brightness is lower than that of the Desire V. The viewing angles haven't improved significantly though and are still only okay. Sunlight legibility is also slightly better.
You can find more about our screen testing procedures here.
The Desire X is built to a high standard and, despite the all plastic body, it doesn't feel cheap or flimsy. There's no premium finish but the excellent grip and comfortable handling make up for that.
The only thing that feels out of place is the huge camera plate at the back. If you can live with that, you'll find the Desire X a pleasure to handle.
That about wraps it up on the outside, Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense UI are coming up right after the break.