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HTC One SV review

Repackaged and 4G enabled, is the One SV the ultimate mid-range smartphone?

Our Verdict

It's good to see another proper mid-range handset enter the 4G fray, but the Taiwanese firm has got its sums wrong on this occasion and ultimately that's going to make the HTC One SV a difficult one to shift.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 800
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • 4G enabled
  • Decent battery life
  • Good media capabilities
  • MicroSD card slot

Against

  • Cheaper design
  • Lesser specs
  • Lots of compromises
  • Only Android 4.0

The HTC One SV probably should have offered more than it does. It drew us in with its promise of 4G connectivity and a name which resembled the great One S, but we ended up feeling a bit disappointed.

We liked

The main selling point for the HTC One SV is its 4G capabilities and to be fair it handles this very well.

Internet browsing speeds were impressive, app downloads swift and we could update Twitter and Facebook in a flash. It also performed well as a portable hotspot for our laptop as we hurtled along on a train.

Battery life was another thing which impressed us and it's not very often we get to say that. The One SV happily lasted a day and with careful use we could stretch it to two before we had to start locating the charger.

We disliked

The price. The HTC One SV costs the same as the One S which sports a better processor, screen, chassis and camera and although it may not be 4G enabled there's an awful lot of compromise for little gain here.

It's disappointing to see a smartphone launching now which is still running Ice Cream Sandwich, as Jelly Bean has been established for a while and HTC has already launched a handset which runs Android 4.1 out the box – the One X+.

Verdict

We can't help but think the HTC One SV has been rushed out to capitalise on the 4G rollout which is picking up speed in Europe and this phone is looking to cash in on those desperate to have the latest technology.

That's not to say the One SV is a bad handset – if HTC had priced it closer to the One V instead of the One S then it would be a very different proposition, unfortunately it's not and that's the main issue we have.

It's good to see another proper mid-range handset enter the 4G fray, but the Taiwanese firm has got its sums wrong on this occasion and ultimately that's going to make the HTC One SV a difficult one to shift.

Thanks to unlocked-mobiles.com for sending us a HTC One SV to review and to EE for supplying us with a 4G sim.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOne SV
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 800, LTE 1800, LTE 2600
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD, microSD High Capacity (microSDHC)
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)122 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density217 ppi
Height128 mm
Width66.9 mm
Depth9.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameOne SV Smartphone
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineOne SV
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, G-sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HSH008-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

Superfast performer. Dual-core, 1.2GHz processor and 4G LTE* speeds give you the power to keep up with you and all your demands.

Amazing Camera. Two high-res cameras for sharp photos, even in low light. One-press continuous shooting captures your fast-moving shots while HTC VideoPic simultaneously takes full HD video and hi res photos.

Authentic Sound. Every sound is immersive and rich with customized Beats Audio™. Music has deeper bass, crisper vocals and detailed high notes, just as the artist intended.

Limited Warranty1 Year