HTC has officially unveiled the One SV, its first mid-range smartphone for the UK offering 4G capabilities.
Home to a pretty modest spec sheet that includes a 1.2GHz dual core processor and a five-megapixel camera, the One SV’s claim to fame is its LTE support, as the Taiwanese phone-maker bids to fill a gap in the market – in Britain, anyway - for keenly priced 4G handsets.
Similar in size to the excellent One S, the SV also features a reasonably capacious 4.3-inch Super LCD2 touchscreen display, with Beats Audio technology, which has become synonymous with the One range, enhancing the handset’s media credentials.
Although there’s only 8GB of on board storage, this can be expanded with a microSD card. What we don’t yet know yet, though, is whether Android Jelly Bean will be installed out of the box or rolled out as an update after launch. But we sure hope it will be available one way or the other.
Other than that, the One SV is a fairly standard affair. It’s obviously a handset aimed at consumers who are perhaps a tad put off by the expensive 4G tariffs.
Pricing and release details have not been officially confirmed. However, SIM free retailer Unlocked Mobiles is already taking pre-order for the handset for £329.98, making it a pretty attractive alternative to the similarly priced LG Nexus 4, with deliveries expected to begin on January 2nd.
Stay tuned for full availability gen for the One SV as more vendors and networks make their announcements.