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First Look: The HTC One VX promises a lot of smartphone for $50

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First Look: The HTC One VX promises a lot of smartphone for $50

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A new entry to AT&T's Android smartphone ranks, the $49.99 HTC One VX packs dual-core processing, 4G LTE, plus a nimble camera.

Hi. This is Brian Bennett for CNET.com, and today we're taking a first look at the HTC One VX for AT&T. This handset costs very affordable, $49.99, and is available now for purchase. If you're anything like me, you may not expect much smartphone for under 50 bucks, but the HTC One VX actually offers quite a bit of hardware and capabilities for not much cash up front. Powering the handset is a respectably fast 1.2 gigahertz dual core Snapdragon processor and decently large 1 gigabyte allotment of RAM. Sure it's not a blazing quad core chip you'll find in more expensive devices. It does however have enough chops to drive the phone's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system with agility. That's right. I said Ice Cream Sandwich and not Google's latest and greatest version of Android, Jelly Bean. Still you do get HTC's well-crafted sense for UI which sits on top of Android. The One VX may not have as premium look as HTC's other handsets. Either such as the One X plus or One S. While those phones are molded from a single piece of polycarbonate or anodized aluminum, the One VX's chassis is ordinary plastic. Even so it doesn't feel cheap. It's thin and has an attractive silver and white color scheme. Above the 4.5-inch QHD resolution screen is a VGA front-facing camera. Below are 3 capacitive buttons for Android functions. The right side holds a long trim volume bar while up top is a headphone jack and power button. On the backside is the phone's 5-megapixel camera and LED flash. Underneath the battery cover are slots for micro SD and SIM cards plus an embedded 1810 milliamp battery. Other features on the One VX include Beats audio-processing technology and connection to AT&T's 4G LTE data network. While the HTC One VX's 5-megapixel camera has a comparatively low resolution, it uses a backside illuminated sensor, shoots pictures quickly and has plenty of features and shooting modes, such as an HDR mode, panorama, continuous shooting, and ability to snap shots while recording video. When you add it all up, the HTC One VX seems to offer a lot for its low price. Check back soon at CNET.com for a full review. I'm Brian Bennett and this has been a first look at the HTC One VX.

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