The HTC One V that launched earlier this week, it’s going to come to three American operators according to an HTC spokesperson who spoke to PhoneScoop. Metro PCS, U.S. Cellular, and Virgin Mobile will carry HTC’s budget Android device, though we have no idea when it’ll launch, nor how much it’ll cost. Here’s what we do know: the One V is the direct successor to the two year old HTC Legend. It has the exact same look and feel, but under the hood there’s quite a few number of improvements. Starting with the screen, you’re looking at 3.7 inches of LCD technology with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels in the One V. The Legend pumped out just 320 x 480 pixels and measured only 3.2 inches diagonal, though it was AMOLED. Inside there’s also a 1 GHz single core processor, up from the 600 MHz chip inside the original Legend. As for the OS, the Legend shipped with and never got updated from Android 2.2, whereas the One V will come with Ice Cream Sandwich. And finally the camera. The two year old Legend and the One V both have a 5 megapixel shooter, though the One V will have a much improved sensor that’ll be paired with equally improved optics.
It’s hard to say whether or not this thing will sell by the millions since we need some actual play time with the device, but we’re pretty confident in saying that it’ll be a hit for the fashion conscious crowd who doesn’t want to invest in something like the One S, which is much more powerful, but also much more expensive.
Thing is, the One V’s specs were considered bleeding edge in 2010. Now it’s HTC’s “budget” device. That’s pretty freaking incredible when you think about it. How long until you’ll be able to buy something like the One V for under 200 EUR?
Bring on MWC 2013!