The chin is in at Virgin Mobile — the Sprint-owned prepaid wireless carrier has quietly launched one of HTC’s latest and greatest smartphones, the entry-level-but-quite-capable HTC One V. Complete with a throwback Android chin beneath the device’s 3.7-inch WVGA display, the One V features a 1GHz Snapdragon S2 processor, a 5-megapixel camera with HTC ImageChip technology, 4GB of internal storage, microSDHC support, Beats Audio, 512MB of RAM and Sense 4 on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Virgin Mobile subscribers new and old can now purchase the sleek smartphone for just $199 without any contract, and plans start at just $35 per month for 300 voice minutes and unlimited messaging and data, though data speeds are throttled after 2.5GB of usage during a single billing period. More →
Following a report that stated Google’s next major Android updated could launch as early as the second quarter this year, the Internet giant is now said to be prepping Android 5.0 Jelly Bean for a third-quarter release. DigiTimes cited unnamed industry sources on Thursday in claiming Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-powered smartphones will finally begin to proliferate in the second quarter this year. Read on for more. More →
HTC’s revenue during the first two months of 2012 has plummeted 45% compared to the same period last year. The popular vendor on Tuesday published its unaudited results for February 2012, during which it pulled in an estimated NT$20.3 billion, down 37% from the NT$32.1 billion it earned in the same month a year earlier. HTC’s revenue so far this year totals approximately NT$36.9 billion, a 45% drop-off from the NT$67.1 billion it pulled in between January and February in 2011. HTC had previously lowered its guidance for the first quarter of 2012, and business isn’t expected to pick up until the Taiwan-based vendor releases its next-generation flagship Android phones, the One X, One S and One V in April. HTC’s February earnings release follows below. More →
Rounding out the trio of smartphones HTC unveiled at its Mobile World Congress 2012 press conference on Sunday is the HTC One V, an entry-level smartphone that picks up where the HTC Legend left off. This will be the most affordable One-branded smartphone HTC launches in the first half of the year, and while the specs don’t hold a candle to the One X or One V, this is absolutely a phone that will go far among budget-conscious consumers in Europe and other regions where the phone will be released. Check out our hands-on photo gallery below, and hit the break for the rest of our early impressions.
HTC took particular care to address the widest possible range of smartphone users with its new device announcements at Mobile World Congress this year. The Taiwan-based vendor unveiled its new “HTC One” flagship brand during a press conference on Sunday, and within the initial batch of One devices lies the entry-level HTC One V. Don’t let the term “entry-level” fool you, however — this is an extremely capable smartphone that replaces the HTC Legend and can easily hold its own against other Android devices. Spec highlights include a unibody aluminum case complete with HTC’s once-signature Android chin, a 3.7-inch WVGA display, a single-core 1GHz Snapdragon S2 processor, a 5-megapixel camera with HTC ImageChip technology, 4GB of internal storage plus 25GB of free Dropbox cloud storage for two years, Beats Audio, 512MB of RAM and Sense 4 atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. While HTC hasn’t yet announced firm launch details, the One V will be released in the second quarter this year at what should be a wallet-friendly price. Stay tuned for our hands-on with the HTC One V.
Greek site FullGSM has published photos and information surrounding what looks to be HTC’s upcoming quad-core flagship Android phone, the HTC One X. It appears that there might also be a lineup of smartphones with the One name, as it’s reported that there will be an HTC One S and an HTC One V introduced soon as well. We’ll know soon enough… One more photo after the break.