Formerly only available to the One line, this partnership with Pioneer allows for DLNA peripherals to connect with any Sense 4.1 device via WiFi Direct. And as we saw in our testing, the setup and implementation is quick, simple and intuitive. After selecting the standalone speaker within the Music player's menu settings, our chosen track began playing immediately, allowing us to adjust volume and control playback from the handset.
Internally the Desire X is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 8255 buffered by 768MB RAM and though you might think the inclusion of that recent Qualcomm chip has the performance zipping along unperturbed -- well, you'd be wrong. Given, this is a budget handset, but the lag we noticed was not only heavily evident, it was also inconsistent. At times, it appeared as if the handset was revving up its clock speed from a sleepier state since transitions from the homescreen to app drawer and even app launches showcased a definite lag. This quirk also extended to the use of the navigation buttons at the base of the screen, leading us to believe the phone hadn't registered our touch.
Browser performance was much of the same, as pages loaded in about 20 seconds and then took a while to re-render when we attempted pinch-to-zoom. We managed to run Quadrant on the device and unsurprisingly the phone clocked in a comparatively low score of 2254, corroborating the sluggish real-world usage evinced. As always, however, we must remember that we're not playing with final firmware here, so this may not reflect the performance of the device once it's out.
All in all, its an attractive option for Android newbs looking for a stylish device with acceptable specs. The Desire X is set to launch internationally sometime this September for 299 Euros, but for those of you living in the UK, look for it to hit shelves at Virgin or Phones4U.
Mat Smith contributed to this report.