Back when HTC announced that it wouldn't be making any more "cheap, cheap phones," a lot of us hoped that this would lead to a much more simplified handset lineup from the company. Especially after the reveal of the One Series, it looked like figuring out which device was better than the others would finally become simple. Now, to utterly ruin that hope, here is the HTC One SV! It's better than the One V, but not quite as good as the One VX in some ways, but also doesn't measure up to the One S in others, and frankly my head is spinning at this point.
If you're Cyber Monday shopping for a new phone and intend on ditching the "traditional" carrier for a much more affordable pay-as-you-go plan, Virgin Mobile may be a good place to start looking. For today only, the Sprint subsidiary has knocked $100 off three of its most popular phones: the HTC EVO V 4G is now $150, the Samsung Galaxy Reverb is $100, and the HTC One V can be scored for just $50. Those are all insanely good deals on some pretty decent hardware.
Today, the Verge posted photos of what is supposedly known internally as the HTC Proto. Previous reports said that it would be a 4" device with a dual-core Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel camera, 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM and HSPA support. It's no beast by any means, but still a solid device for a low-end phone.
The device continues HTC's preference for capacitive buttons on the front. Unlike the One V, however, this phone does not appear to have the trademark "chin". All-in-all, it's not a huge spec bump from previous iterations of the One V, assuming this is a successor, but it seems to at least be a nice refresh.
The One V is continuing to blaze across the US carrier trail - first, Virgin Mobile began selling the device for $200 prepaid, and now US Cellular has joined the fray.
Available now online, US Cellular's One V will cost $129.99 after one of those wonderful $100 mail-in rebates. Unfortunately, if you're new to US Cellular, you'll have to sign a two-year contract upon purchasing the device; if you're an existing customer, it doesn't appear you'll have to sign anything of the sort. If for some reason you'd prefer to get the handset from a brick-and-mortar location, you'll have to wait till July 6th.
A few months back, HTC let slip that the lowest-end member of its One family, the One V, would hit "a variety of US partners" come summer. It looks like that rollout is already firing up, as Virgin Mobile USA today announced that it's now selling the prepaid handset for $199.99.
As with all other members of the One series, Virgin Mobile's One V will come with Beats audio and Sense 4 on top of ICS, for better or for worse. As a reminder, here's the full spec list:
- 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255
- Adreno 205 GPU vinyl
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB ROM (1GB available for apps) with microSD slot
- 3.7-inch 480 x 800 display
- 1500mAh non-removable battery
- 5MP rear camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- FM Radio
- Dimensions: 4.73" (L) x 2.35" (W) x 0.36" (D)
- Weight: 4.06 ounces
- Android 4.0 with HTC Sense 4.0
Needless to say, the One V isn't going to be breaking any records in terms of horsepower, but considering it's only $199.99 prepaid (no contract), it should be worth a look for Virgin Mobile customers nonetheless.
There are many cheap Android phones on the market today. Most of these devices will have a single core processor clocked at around 1GHz, and there won't be an awful lot of RAM to speak of either. This remains true of the HTC One V, but the latest budget phone to come out of the Taiwanese company has one key difference: it's running the latest version of Android.
That's right, you can finally own a budget device that doesn't ship with a version of Android that was released 2 years ago! Before you start celebrating too soon, though, you may want to take a look at some of the pros and cons that come with this phone and decide whether you want to take it on a 2-year contractual spin.
For everyone wanting to get a piece of new HTC tech, it looks like the littlest brother of the HTC One family, the One V, will be making its way stateside "later this summer."
For the uninitiated, the One V is the budget device from the One Series, packing some rather meager specs:
- 3.7-inch 480x800 display
- 1GHz single-core processor
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB built-in storage
- 5MP F/2.0 rear shooter
- Android 4.0 with Sense 4
While it's definitely no powerhouse on paper, it does bring some unique features to the world of budget devices, like Ice Cream Sandwich, the now less-intrusive Sense 4, and HTC's impressive new camera.
An Android phone is like a Leatherman Tool. It does a lot of things - without a doubt, a triumph of function over form. Android is the world's most versatile mobile operating system, the most tweakable, the most adaptable, and the most fully-featured. It just does more than any other comparable product out there. But if Android is a Leatherman, the iPhone is the basic Swiss Army Knife - compact, simple, iconic, and good enough for the vast majority of people, even if it does do a little less.
Building on that analogy, Android users, even die-hard fans, actually look at their phones more like tools.
HTC, keeping up with its recent pattern of speedy source release, has dropped official ICS kernel source code for a heaping handful of devices, perhaps most notably the One V, a member of HTC's new One line which hasn't yet debuted in many countries.
Other devices include the US variant of the Vivid and several iterations of the Sensation, with the Desire HD and myTouch 4G Slide's Gingerbread (2.3) kernel source also being dropped.
Those interested in tweaking or developing with the official kernel source of the above devices should head over to HTC's Developer Center (linked below) to grab the downloads.
Last night we got some hands-on time with HTC's new family of smartphones - the One series. While we didn't get a hands-on video with the One X (largely due to a dead battery), we did spend a fair amount of time with the One S, which shares most of its hardware with its larger sibling.
The main difference between the two lies in the displays. The One S packs a 4.3" SAMOLED qHD display (540x960), while the One X has HTC's new 4.7" S-LCD2 HD screen (1280x720). Both share the same Qualcomm S4 dual-core processor, clocked at 1.5GHz (the international version of the One X will have a quad-core Tegra 3, but not in the US).