It’s no secret that we love HTC’s One Series. The trio of devices which were unveiled at MWC in February have certainly impressed, with the incredible balance we found in the HTC One S and the headline making Tegra 3 quad-core performance of the HTC One X. It’s the third member of this group who makes headlines today, the somewhat unassuming HTC One V is now coming to the US on Virgin Mobile.
The One V may not be as clear cut in its target audience, but if you’re looking for a premium smartphone at a decent price, add the V to your shortlist. Consumers in the UK have been able to pick up all three of the One Series handsets for sometime now and more recently, the US were able to benefit from some dual-core Snapdragon S4-sporting HTC One X goodness, but the V was oddly absent.
The Verge picked up that Virgin Mobile, who in the US operate under Sprint’s network, are offering the One V up for just $199.99, which compared to UK pricing of £220 and up, is pretty impressive. Tariffs also included with the One V range from a $35 a month two year deal offering up 300 minutes with unlimited texts and data up to a $55 a month which covers all the bases with unlimited usage. Unlike the majority of UK carriers, you’ll have to fork out an extra $15 a month to use the One V’s hotspot functionality, so bear that in mind.
The One V doesn’t have the same hardware clout as its bigger brother the One S, but it is HTC’s first single-core device to run Android Ice Cream Sandwich out the box. We were also impressed with its beautiful screen and its use of the distinctive HTC ‘chin’ design.