Compact One V last to join HTC lineup sans carrier

Of HTC's three fresh new handsets, only the pint-size One V lacks a carrier deal.

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Perhaps it's because it has a chin like the old HTC Hero , or maybe it's because the phone has a smaller 3.7-inch screen. Whatever the reason, the new HTC One V didn't launch at Mobile World Congress with splashy plans to land on a U.S. carrier.

The HTC One V is the third announced handset to run ICS, but unlike the HTC One X , which boasts a fire-breathing quad-core processor, the One V will ship with a slow single-core CPU. That said, the phone will come with Google's latest and greatest Ice Cream Sandwich OS, aka Android 4.0.

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Other specs are less impressive, such as the device's 3.7-inch screen and 5-megapixel camera. Harkening back to the company's Legend class phones from years back, the HTC Once V will be carved from a single block of aluminum. It's a materiel I personally like, but I'm not sure about the raised chin at the bottom edge of the phone.

HTC says the One series will hit stores in April. While a dual-core version of the HTC One X will be scooped up by AT&T, and the new One S will land on T-Mobile , sadly, carrier plans for both the quad-core One X and One V haven't been disclosed. Check back soon for more info and hands-on time with these devices.

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Brian Bennett is senior editor for appliances at CNET and reviews a wide range of household and smart-home products. These include everything from microwave ovens, blenders, ranges and coffee makers to personal weather stations. An NYC native, Brian now resides in bucolic Louisville, Kentucky where he dreams of someday owning the sparkling house of the future.

 

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