On the heels of Sprint's prepaid-service announcement, HTC and Cricket Wireless have leaked the launch of a new mid-tier smartphone for the prepaid carrier. Cricket Wireless in mid-January will roll out the HTC One SV, a new model in HTC's popular One series.
The HTC One SV has a 4.3-inch super LCD-2 touchscreen with scratch- and fingerprint-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. The device taps into 4G LTE or 3G networks, offers a 5-megapixel camera and studio-quality sound. Running HTC Sense 5 on Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, the phone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU. HTC is promising high-quality video streaming, gaming and multitasking.
Since the subsidies are not present, the phone is not cheap. Prepaid customers will shell out $349.99 for the device, but it is still much less than an iPhone on a prepaid plan. And, for a limited time, the HTC One SV is available on Cricket's 4G LTE Android rate plans that offer double the monthly data allowance offered in Cricket's 3G rate plans. The $50 4G LTE Android Double Data Rate Plan allows up to 2 GB of full-speed data; the $60 plan allows 5 GB of full-speed data and the $70 plan offers up to 10 GB of full-speed data.
Tapping NFC Technology
HTC said One SV users could avoid running out of space for documents, movies, pictures and apps . The smartphone has expandable storage through a microSD card slot with support for up to 32 GB cards and integration with Dropbox. The device also offers NFC technology and Android Beam, making it possible for users to share content with a tap of the phone to another NFC-enabled device.
The HTC One SV offers a camera with advanced functions, including one-press continuous shooting and HTC VideoPic combined with advanced low-light performance for shots in challenging lighting conditions. The HTC One SV's 5 megapixel, f/2.0 back-side illuminated main camera with panorama and 1080p HD video recording is complemented with a 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera.
The front camera also features back-side illumination, and an f/2.2 lens. Whether at sunset or in candlelight, the HTC One SV's front camera promises a good self-portrait. (continued...)