Apr 10 AT 8:02 AM Nick Gray 26 Comments

HTC One V video shows off unboxing and benchmark scores


The HTC One X and One S have been getting a lot of attention lately, but that doesn’t mean the entry-level HTC One V has been completely forgotten. Even though the HTC One V isn’t expected to go on sale in Europe for a few more weeks, that doesn’t mean we have to wait that long to get a closer look at the device.

Netbook news managed to buy the HTC One V in Taiwan, and were kind enough to share a pretty lengthy unboxing video which also covers a few benchmarks and shows the handset running some of the latest games featured on Google Play. The HTC One V may be running on a Snapdragon S2 SoC with the Adreno 205 GPU, but you’ll notice that the benchmark numbers and gaming performance is definitely a step or two ahead of last year’s phone running on the same chip. Combine the handset’s performance with HTC’s new ImageSense camera technology and a $325 price tag and you have the ingredients for an instant success.

We’re expecting several regional carriers in the U.S. market to sell the HTC One V within the next month or two. We don’t know what the handset’s final price will be on this side of the Atlantic, but the One V would be impossible to pass up if someone prices it at $300.

Is the HTC One V the right combination of value and performance with phones like the HTC One X on the market?

HTC One V Specifications

  • 1GHz single-core Qualcomm processor
  • 3.7-inch TFT capacitive display (480 x 800)
  • HTC Sense 4.0
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB built-in storage
  • 5-megapixel camera w/ LED flash and AF
  • MicroSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Bluetooth v4.0 w/ A2DP
  • MicroUSB
  • Dimensions: 120.3 x 59.7 x 9.2mm
  • Weight: 115g

Source: NetbookNews

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Joel

    Makes you wonder what some of the older devices with similar stats would be able to accomplish if they had ICS.

    • Lucian Armasu

      I’ve put ICS on some low-end ARM11 600 Mhz phones, and to my surprise they work better than ever before, especially for graphic intensive apps like the Play Store, which works pretty slow on those devices.

      Still I wish manufacturers would move away already from ARM11 to Cortex A7 or at least Cortex A5 as a stop-gap. Chrome for example doesn’t work on these devices because it doesn’t support the ARMv6 architecture. It’s the only mobile chip that still on that architecture. Everything else is on ARMv7.

      • nosense

        That brings the question down to HTC..

        They prefer to sell rregurgitaded crap…before updating their current lineup to ICS

  • jakkuz

    In a shop around my corner, V is priced around 440 USD and about the same amount costs dual core Moto Atrix, so if V prices will stay at that level, I see no reason to buy it.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Hmmmmm 512mb of Ram… Single Gore Proc? Practially an EVO running Sense 4.0…. Sooo why isn’t the OG EVO getting updated?… HmmmmHmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm????????

    • spazby

      agreed, it goes the same for other manufacturers…

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      The EVO 4G isn’t getting updated because the update plan would call for an older, heavier version of Sense. The logic behind the decision isn’t bulletproof by any means.

      • Jimmy_Jo

        There is no reason that the EVO 4G shouldn’t be getting this OS. Android 4.0 with Sense 3.6. The stats on this phone and ton the new SONY phone with ICS have the same specs as the EVO….

        • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

          People tend to forget that the HTC EVO 4G has many of the same internal components as the Nexus One – the same phone Google decided not to update to ICS. These phones are running on a Qualcomm S1 SoC with an Adreno 200 GPU.

          • Jimmy_Jo

            Oh I see… so it’s really about an outdated chip architecture? I forgot that the next-gen chips can have similar specs but handle things a lot more efficiently (read: better, faster without killing the battery as quick)…

            Still I feel like they could give us a paired down version of ICS. If this phone is going to have Sense 4.0, and that’s a typo, then why can’t EVO lovers get Sense 3.6?

            And I’m not just complaining because I plan to get the HTC EVO 4G LTE so I’ll have ICS soon enough it just seems unfair to those who don’t want a new phone.

  • Derek

    So this piece of crap phone can get Sense 4.0 and ICS but the HTC Rezound cant get Sense 4.0? And all of HTC’s other dual core phones can’t get ICS? What a crock. I knew it surely wasnt because of hardware limitations, its clearly because they dont want to put forth the resources to upgrade us. They only want to concentrate on the next new phone that they can soak us for. I am so sick of this.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      I’m not standing up for HTC on releasing HTC Sense 3.6 for older devices, but I do understand why they did it. The majority of consumers (you know, those 850k new android users each day) take a lot longer to get accustomed to their phones. Sense 3.6 looks and feels a lot more like Sense 3.0 and 3.5 and goes not loose of of the features which HTC has baked in to previous versions.

      Sense 4.0 is a complete rebuilt with different features and would most likely confuse the majority of users if they upgraded from a previous version of sense. Case and point, my wife was bewildered when her Nexus One was updated from Froyo to Gingerbread simply because the color scheme changed and some of the graphics were tweaked – and she’s been a smartphone user for 4 years.

      • hi

        They just want to give another reason for us to buy the one

  • redraider133

    It’s so they can make people think they *need* to buy this to get it. I dont understand why companies do this, they should keep all their phones on the same version at least of their skin and not just keep it for certain phones in their lineup.

  • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

    That render in the post image looks fat as hell. Is it really that big?

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Dimensions: 120.3 x 59.7 x 9.2mm, just slightly thicker than the One X which measures 8.9mm in thickness.

  • Paul Atreides

    This is a slap in the face. HTC stop fragmenting your phones, You’re going to force Sense on us then keep Sense uniform.

    • Paul Atreides

      After reading some of Nick’s replies I feel a little different about it. Just a little, because I still think Manufacturers like HTC should offer some of these add-ons in the market. On topic, I think this device should have a qwerty keyboard a la G1.

  • blt

    isn’t it better to just buy desireS?
    complete waste of money

    • Erin B

      You could, but you will spend a little more for the Desire S than for the V. Also, you don’t get Beats (if you like that sort of thing) and ImageSense with a much better camera.

  • Erin B

    I don’t see why people have issues with this phone. I plan on buying this phone in a month or two to replace my HTC Desire. This is an amazing device for less than half the price of the HTC One X. I don’t do much gaming, but the main appeal for me is the camera. I’ve been taking a lot more pictures lately with Instragram with my Desire and the ImageSense tech on the V should make all my iPhone mates green with envy.

  • dVyper

    Very nice. I just wish it looked a bit nicer…

  • Rovex

    I dont have an issue with this phone either. Its ideal if you want a smaller device. Sure its got an old CPU, but if its smooth, who cares? How many games wont actually run on it? Not that many to be honest, few actually need a lot of power.

    • honourbound68

      very true. i think most smart phone users under-utilize their phones anyway. i’ve had to show many of my co-workers different apps so that they can read the news, check movie times, backup texts etc. so, imho entry level-midrange phones can still have single core yada yada yada.

  • fc1032

    >.> Nexus One Y NO GET ICS?!?!

    Nice phone though, HTC is doing so well with the One series.

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