Sunday, January 20, 2013

HTC One SV - More Desire X than One S

The HTC One SV is going to be released in the Philippines. The HTC One SV is a LTE phone with the Asia model supporting the 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz frequencies. This should mean that it should be compatible with Globe and Smart's LTE networks, though it will not support all of Smarts frequencies, which also include 850 MHz and 2100 MHz. As far as the HTC One SV is concerned, that is the good news.

The bad news. If you were expecting a supped up HTC One S, the HTC One SV is not what you were expecting. The two phones don't even look alike. Instead of a the slim 7.9 mm aluminum frame of the HTC One S. You get a thicker 9.3 mm polycarbonate frame. And the difference don't end there. The HTC One SV is really more of an upgraded HTC Desire X than an updated HTC One S. I will stop comparing it with the HTC One S, even if they have similar names.

Before going into the rest of the details, I should mention that the HTC One SV is reportedly to be sold for a price of over Php20,000. I am hoping this estimate is wrong, because the phones specifications do not justify this price.

The HTC One SV with a 4.3-inch display with a low WVGA (480 x 800) resolution. On the flip side, you find a 5 MP camera. For over 20K, you would expect at least a HD display and an 8 MP or better camera these days.  

The phone run Android 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich. Inside you will find a dual core Qualcomm Krait processor running at 1.2 GHz, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage, which is expandable via a Micro SD card slot. The battery is a 1800 mAh unit. Nothing justifies a over 20K asking price either.  

Lets hope it has a lower selling price, somewhere south of Php20,000. If not, skip this and take a look at Sony Xperia V instead.

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