In scarce supply during the big Sunday night reveal at Mobile World Congress and sadly without a working battery, we finally managed to track down an HTC One V. The third and final member of the new HTC One dynasty, the HTC One V is something of a nod to HTC’s past while wholly being part of the new generation.
First of all, and most noticably, there’s the old HTC chin. This little design characteristic has been with us since the first Android phone – the HTC Dream (aka T-Mobile G1) – and continued on HTC phones like the HTC Hero and the HTC Legend.
Secondly, unlike the HTC One X and HTC One S which both come with sizeable amounts of internal storage (but no memory card slot) the HTC One V keeps it old school, rocking a micro SD card slot next to a modest 4GB of built-in memory.
The HTC One V however has the same f/2.0 lens, same 0.2-seconds focus time and same great HTC Image Chip and same BSI (back/side illuminated) sensor as the HTC One X and HTC One S. The sensor size – 5-megapixels – is a little smaller than the 8-megapixel units of the other two but otherwise the cameras are the same.
The HTC One V also runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense 4 stacked on top. Sadly we weren’t able to see this in action on this particular model – we’ll have to wait ’til our review unit drops in.