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HTC’s One SV Coming to the UK as Mid-Range LTE Offering

December 11, 2012 - Written By Tom Dawson

It would appear that HTC’s One Series isn’t completely done with, as we first thought, as HTC are releasing yet another model into the line-up, at least in the UK. The handset has been announced for other regions before and now it’s heading for the UK as a mid-range offering for the new LTE market in the UK. There’s no guessing which carrier this is heading to – as there’s only one 4G LTE operator in the UK right now – as it’s said to be coming to Everything Everywhere (or EE as they like to be addressed as) in the coming weeks.

The device isn’t going to turn any heads but, depending on how you use your smartphone, it might not disappoint you either. Take a look at the specs below:

  • 4.3″ Super LCD2 Display with a WVGA (800 x 480) resolution
  • Dual-Core Snapdragon S4 CPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of Storage with microSD card slot supporting up to 32GB
  • Beats Audio
  • NFC
  • 1.6MP front-facing camera with a 5.0MP rear-facing shooter
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 4 on top

All-in-all not a stunning device from HTC and not just because it isn’t packing a 720p display or a quad-core CPU but because it seems like a confused launch for HTC and strikes us a sort of lazy launch from the company. The One S has been on shelves for months and months in the UK and it would have made more sense to d©but an LTE version of that phone rather than bring this to market, don’t you think? We thought that a qHD display was bad enough but WVGA rearing it’s ugly head at 4.3-inches is not something I can imagine being a pleasant experience. We realize that keeping the costs down and bringing LTE to as many people as possible is essential but it doesn’t look like this is the phone to take full advantage of those new speeds.

In the UK there are billboards everywhere promoting the network’s performance when it comes to YouTube but, who is going to enjoy YouTube on a display like that? Nevertheless if this is priced right and perhaps priced well as an outright purchase on EE then it could be a money grabber for the network at Christmas time. As a Brit who isn’t sold on EE’s poor LTE offering I’m certainly not enticed by this phone but, for those out there that cannot wait for Facebook to launch then this should be a good device.

[Source: Engadget]