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HTC Desire X goes on sale for £218

HTC’s new mainstream handset, the Desire X, can now be purchased from online retailer for as little as £218, unlocked and unbranded, including free next day delivery and a two-year warranty.

The smartphone runs on a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8225 system-on-chip clocked at 1GHz and runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense UI.

There’s also a 4in Super LCD 800 x 480 display, 768MB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, a BSI sensor, AF, plus the ability to capture photos and videos simultaneously, Beats Audio technology, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB, and 25GB free online storage via Dropbox for two years.

The phone weighs only 114g and is a mere 9.3mm thick. The only disappointments are the lack of a front facing camera, a battery with a lower-than-average battery capacity (1650mAh) and the lack of HD ready video recording.

The HTC Desire X will face some tough competition from the likes of the Sony Xperia U, which can be purchased for significantly less, but does not have a microSD card slot.

The HTC Desire X is the sixth handset carrying the Desire branding, after the Desire, the Desire C, the Desire S, the Desire HD and the Desire Z.