The third HTC One smartphone which was announced at last month's Mobile World Congress, is the HTC One V, which is HTC's current entry-level Android phone of the new One series. Not as excellent spec'ed as the One X or One S, it's nevertheless also running Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich, which is also enhanced with HTC Sense 4.0. But is only powered by a single-core CPU at 1 GHz but also supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 850/900/2100 MHz as well as WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. Furthermore supported are the the Android typical G-sensors, proximity and an ambient light sensor as well as aGPS and the not yet widely supported GLONASS satellite system.
Design-wise is the One V the grandson of the HTC Legend; like the Legend, the One V features a unibody aluminum design with a chin. However, the screen resolution was massively increased and the Gorilla Glass protected 3,7" Super LCD2 touchscreen is now supporting WVGA (480 x 800 pixel). In terms of the camera, HTC hasn't made any compromises and while the One V is only featuring a 5 8 megapixel autofocus camera, it comes with a smart LED flash which determines the distance from the subject, a BSI sensor (for better low-light captures), a F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens which allows to record 720p HD videos. HTC's new Sense 4.0 software supports a continuous shooting mode which captures multiple snapshots with a single tap and the video stabilization feature removes annoying and shaky motion. Unfortunately, the HTC One V isn't featuring a front facing camera. Quite typical for HTC One phones is the support for Betas by Beats Audio.
The One S requires a mico-SIM and is the only One-series phone which allows to expand the inbuilt memory of 512 MB RAM/4 GB of flash memory with a microSD card. Nevertheless, like all new One smartphones, the One S is also getting free 25 GB of Dropbox online storage for two years. The device comes with the now typical Android 4.0 button layout which features the home, back and most recently used keys. However, HTC's touch sensitive buttons are physically located bellow the screen, not like the Galaxy Nexus' virtual buttons. Unfortunately is the micro USB port not supporting MHL-HDMI and therefore, the Onve V can't be connected to HDMI TVs.
At a size of 120.3 x 59.7 x 9.24 mm, the HTC One V weights 115 gram , including the non removable 1.500 mAh Li-Polymer battery.
The One V is now or soon commercially available across Europe and Asia since last week and available in two colors, black (as pictured above) and grey. In Germany and Austria it retails for 299.00 Euro.
Cheers ~ Arne