Today HTC announced the Desire X, a device that resembles their higher end One S, but is targeted at budget minded consumers. According to The Verge, it has a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play inside. Unlike the Snapdragon S4 SoC we're familiar with, the 28 nanometer model with a pair of 1.5 GHz Krait cores and an Adreno 225 graphics processor, the S4 Play (MSM8x25) is a 45 nanometer SoC that uses a pair of 1 GHz ARM Cortex A5 cores and Adreno 203 graphics. Performance wise, ARM says that a Cortex A5 can deliver 1.57 DMIPS/MHz. To put that into some perspective, the Cortex A8 delivers 2.0 DMIPS/MHz, and the Cortex A9 that's inside many of today's devices can pump out 2.50 DMIPS/MHz. Update: The HTC Desire X has shown up in RightWare's Powerboard, confirming MSM8225. 

Qualcomm's Krait core can do 3.30 DMIPS/MHz, more than double the performance of ARM's Cortex A5.

But back to the Desire X, it has a 4 inch 800 x 480 pixel Super LCD, it runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0, there's a 5 megapixel rear facing camera that uses a backside-illuminated sensor and a f/2.0 28 mm wide-angle lens, 768 MB of RAM is inside, along with a 1,650 mAh battery, and there's even a microSD card slot. We sadly don't know much about the baseband. The phone is also a tad on the thick side at 9.69 mm, and we'd like to tell you the other dimensions, but we don't have an official spec sheet yet.

When will this thing hit store shelves? It'll land "in selected markets across EMEA and Asia Pacific" at some point in September. No word on pricing, but HTC says it'll be "affordable".

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  • powerarmour - Thursday, August 30, 2012 - link

    I guess what I mean is, although you don't make money with free updates, HTC don't currently have the pulling power they once had that they could guarantee sales of their older hardware, if they could then updating the older phones better would make more sense.

    Only Google and Apple seem to be able to get away with it, the rest have to scrabble in a pissing contest month after month to ensure they constantly attract new buyers.
  • Death666Angel - Thursday, August 30, 2012 - link

    There's no money to be made in free updates though unfortunately :P<< I bet there are quite a few people who are buying phones because of that though. And if the history of your company shows you are not updating your sold phones well, they will not buy a phone from you. And those people also likely influence the purchase decision in the family (since they tend to be better informed). There is a reason Nexus devices are doing pretty good even though they often have shortcomings. Being guaranteed the next few software updates is a selling point.
  • name99 - Thursday, August 30, 2012 - link

    "That's basically why I stick to the Google Nexus's (Nexi?)"

    If you switched to iOS, you'd have an OS with a built-in dictionary that would tell you the plural of nexus is nexus or nexuses :-)
  • powerarmour - Thursday, August 30, 2012 - link

    Ok clevercogs, you may win a cookie! :D
  • zaandaruwala - Monday, November 12, 2012 - link

    Why can't it record 720p videos....I have seen its benchmark like nenamark2 and they are on par with mid-range cortex A9 dual cores like galaxy ace 2 or xperia sola...

    so why can't it record 720p videos

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