With the One Series of smart/superphones, HTC has dialled things down, and it's great to see that simplicity on the Desire X too.

It's not the full version of Sense, more a tweaked version that takes away things like the re-designed multi-tasking window. Where before we saw large thumbnails cascading across the screen that could be removed by swiping upwards, we now see the standard Google list layout, although this is no less functional.

There's the same rash of HTC toys throughout the phone – from the Music Hub, which brings together the likes of SoundHound, 7Digital and the Music Player (enhanced by Beats Audio) to the camera.
It's not the same 'amazing experience' as touted by HTC for the One Series, but still features a lot of the impressive features seen on that range. For instance, there's the same pre-shot effects that can make the photo look more 'alternative', and the burst mode (engaged by holding down the shutter key) and still works as well as on other phones.

The processor, a 1GHz dual core offering, might not sound like much in today's world, but given we're talking about a company that made the HTC Desire a slick phone on a single core, and the fact it's rocking a Qualcomm S4 chip, we can see why this is a lag free experience under the finger.
Websites load with the expected aplomb, opening and closing apps is a slick enough experience and the messaging system is adequate enough, although the days where we looked at the HTC keyboard as the best in the business are sadly gone as this one still brought out a little lag, and the accuracy isn't as gifted as it once was.

It's worth noting that this is a pre-production model though, so we'll reserve judgement until our full HTC Desire X review.

Other niceties include 25GB of onboard storage with Dropbox, which HTC says helps make up for the fact there's only 4GB included on the phone, and precision-drilled speaker grills for that added sense of craftsmanship.

Early verdict :

Let's get onto the important thing: price. This phone is set to sit above the Desire C, but below the HTC One V, in the range of products from the Taiwanese manufacturer.

And while we predictably couldn't get HTC to confirm it, the Desire X could come in for just £15-£20 a month on contract, or £180-£200 on pay as you go deals. This would be a real howitzer of a handset to throw at that segment, as while the HTC name doesn't command the same level of fervour among smartphone users, those wanting to stick with the Desire name will love the idea of halving their bills.

The HTC Desire X release date is set for mid-September in the UK, so it won't be long before we get to update this hands on with a full, in-depth review of a possible mid-range marvel.