Rumours and details about the HTC Proto keep surfacing  repeatedly. The last time HTC fans got excited about the handset was when some images of the Proto popped up as there was nothing much to go by except a few leaked specifications at the time. The latest bit of information about this handset comes via a Swedish website called Technytt; the site claims to have learned that the handset will be launched as the HTC Desire X.

Smartphone companies tend to have codenames for their devices before officially unveiling them. The codenames are usually alpha-numeric names, or as is the case with the HTC Proto, an unofficial name that will be changed to something more customer-friendly when unveiled.

Technytt states that this handset has been listed with a number of retailers and is referred to as the Desire X. We still don't know what this handset will feature specification-wise, but the site reckons that it will make its official debut at the IFA 2012 event scheduled to take place later this month.

First images of the handset surface

To be launched as the Desire X?

Here is a quick look at the supposed specifications of the HTC Proto:

  • 4-inch, WVGA display
  • 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • 5 megapixel camera with flash
  • Beats Audio

It was rumoured that at 9.62 mm thick, the Proto or Desire X will have a four-inch WVGA SLCD display, a 5 megapixel camera, 4 GB of storage, 512 MB of RAM, and 7.2 Mbps HSPA. If these are really the Desire X's specs, the handset will be somewhat bigger than the HTC One V, which has a 3.7-inch screen. One V owners frustrated with its performance might be most intrigued by the Proto's processor bump, though: it may have a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8225 (a lower-end member of the Snapdragon S4 series) clocked at 1 GHz, which is quite better than the One V's single-core unit. The HTC Desire X may also be lined up for Beats Audio branding. If this happens, any speculation of HTC and Beats drifting apart will be negated.

HTC bought 50.1 percent of Beats Electronics in August 2011 to enhance its phones and keep up with the rising competition in the mobile market. It is speculated that HTC has made the move due to growing competition from Samsung. However, the company recently sold back 25 percent of the shares to the founders of Beats Electronics for $150 million. After this announcement, HTC’s shares fell by 4 percent.

However, HTC remains Beats' largest shareholder with a 25.1 percent stake, with Beats' founders holding the remainder 25.57 percent and the voting rights. HTC recently issued a statements which reads, “HTC remains strongly committed to Beats Audio and including their innovation in our devices. Any rumor of HTC no longer integrating Beats Audio into our devices is categorically false.”

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