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2012-08-24_08h45_18

Yesterday, we saw a leaked image of an HTC phone said to be internally called the "Proto." Thanks to an eagle-eyed reader, it was brought to our attention that this isn't a new device at all; it's a slightly more powerful version of the Desire V that's already been released in international markets.

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Left: Proto leak; Right: Desire V (from HTC.com)

The only difference between the two? The Proto is said to sport a 1GHz dual-core processor, whereas the Desire V has a 1GHz single-core chip. Other than that, it's the same phone: 4" display, 512MB RAM, 5MP rear shooter, and Android 4.0.

At this point, it's pretty safe to assume that the Proto will probably end up in U.S. or EU markets (or both), likely under a different moniker than the Desire V (and possibly still as the successor to the One V). In that respect I guess it could be considered a new device, but that's much like saying the EU One X and U.S. One X are not the same phone because they sport different processors.

For all intents and purposes, the HTC Proto is nothing more than a slightly beefier Desire V.

Thanks, Jensn!

Cameron Summerson
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  • krazyfrog

    One major difference you missed out is that the Desire V is a dual-SIM phone (GSM+GSM). For now this phone is only available in the Asian markets as far as I know. There is another version of this phone, called the Desire VC, which is only available in India and Indonesia, that has a slightly different design and GSM+CDMA connectivity.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I didn't miss it, just didn't bring it up because the Proto rumor didn't include any details about single or dual SIMs.

      • krazyfrog

        My bad.

  • Shrome Khanna

    It has 1 GB RAM, not 512 MB, and will probably have full Sense 4 (Like One S and One X) not Sense 4A (Like One V) https://twitter.com/Football4PDA/status/238937501375549440

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      That link says 768MB RAM, not 1GB. Either way, yesterday's leak and source stated 512, so I stuck with what was previously reported.

      • Shrome Khanna

        Lol, sorry I misread there, but this is from Football, he's been accurate on every leak I saw thus far, so I believe him, but I don't know why the previous leaks said 512 MB. What good would dual core do if you can't open more than 3/4 apps?

  • GazaIan

    HTC wanted to come down on the amounts of different phones released... And to do that, they released 50 different phones. Good job.

    • BroodjeBami

      2011 EU:
      Sensation
      Sensation XE
      Sensation XL
      Rhyme
      Wildfire s
      Incredible s
      Desire s

      201 EU:
      One X
      One V
      One S

      And probably one or 2 more phones. You're right. They totally didn't keep their word.
      If you don't know what you're talking about then please just don't talk.

      • GazaIan

        Look up. There is a Desire V RIGHT THERE. Not to mention the One XL, The Desire C, the Desire C2, the Incredible 4G LTE, the EVO 4G LTE, the other two HTC Dragon phones for China (also known as The Desire VC and VT), the Asian One S variant, need I continue?

        • BroodjeBami

          I said EU. But you want to talk international? Fine.
          https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_HTC_phones

          2011: 22
          2012: 7
          Need I continue?

        • Freak4Dell

          Things like the Evo 4G LTE are more the fault of the carriers than HTC. The carriers think they need differentiation, and none of these companies has the balls to tell them to take a hike. The Evo 4G LTE is just a One X at heart.

          • GazaIan

            Indeed, but Samsung has shown that all the extra shit doesn't have to happen. The US models are all the same with a Snapdragon S4 and 2GB of RAM. I hear Canada has the same models too (except the radios, which HAVE to be different). Every Galaxy S III has the exact same design, so visually there are no differences across any GSIII.

          • Freak4Dell

            Yeah, they're getting better about it with the SGIII, but Samsung is still a way worse offender of this than HTC, in my opinion. They pull this bullshit even without the carrier influence, just to broaden their own portfolio. They'll release the same phone 20 times, each with one or two minor differences. The Galaxy lineup takes more pages than an encyclopedia at this point. At least HTC has really only done this for the carriers and various global regions.

            There's not much I like about Apple, but one of the things I do like is that they release one device universally. Even when they had to add CDMA radios for essentially just 2 networks in one country, they didn't release different versions of the phone. Other than memory, a current model iPhone is a current model iPhone. People know what they're getting with it, whereas with HTC or Samsung, you have to read the spec sheets to find out what the difference between a One X or an Evo 4G LTE is, or why the Galaxy SII Skyrocket has a different name than the Galaxy SII Epic 4G Touch. Then you're still left confused on why these things have such ridiculous names in the first place.

    • anamika

      In a subsidized market like US i am not sure why anyone would release more then one mobile. You need at different price points when people buy mobiles.