HTC’s last device announced at Mobile World Congress, the HTC One V finally went on sale last week as well as some additional pricing details that were released for the UK. Today we’ve got one and were able to take it for a quick test drive and enjoy Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and their updated Sense UI experience on a lower end device like the One V. This phone is a good sign that HTC should be able to update most of their older devices. Lets jump in shall we?

First off you’ll notice the design aspects similar to the One X and the One S, since they are a part of the new “One” brand image. Then you’ll quickly spot that chin on the device just like the old HTC Legend — I know a few of you still rock that phone right? With the One V we get some pretty low-end specs but don’t let that fool you. This 3.7-inch single-core device packs enough power to operate smoothly and swiftly on Ice Cream Sandwich.

HTC’s equipped it with a 3.7-inch SLCD display with a 480 x 800 resolution, a single-core 1.0 GHz Qualcomm processor that seems to handle most tasks just fine, 512MB of RAM, then just 4GB of internal storage. You do get a micro-SD slot for extra storage unlike the others listed above but that is about the only benefit. They’ve also tossed in a decent 5 megapixel camera around back capable of 720p video.

Like mentioned in the video above HTC has removed a few graphical things probably due to the hardware available. the usual Sense UI “show all homecreens” when pinching fingers together has been removed, and the impressive and fluid transition and window animations seem to be removed or toned down too. This isn’t a huge concern, especially for such an awesome price, but some might opt for the better One devices like the One S.

Being an older spec’d single core device the phone might not handle multiple flash based webpages or some graphic intensive games available on the market, but for a top quality and solid feeling device this makes one awesome push for the budget market. Stay tuned for a full review coming your way soon.

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