HTC has announced a new Android smartphone named the One SV, and has revealed that it will be coming to the EE network soon. Posting a picture on its official Facebook page, HTC said: “We are delighted to announced that EE will be our strategic partner for the UK launch of the new HTC One SV”. HTC already supplies the upper-range One XL to EE, making this its second device for use on the UK’s first 4G LTE network.
The One SV initially made its debut in Asia last month, but it was unclear whether the phone would make it to the UK. At the time, we noticed the 1800MHz 4G band support that EE smartphones require, but didn’t hold out much hope it would reach these shores, given EE’s preference for top-of-the-range devices.
Adding the One SV to its range will certainly bolster its cheaper offerings though, which currently consists of only the Huawei Ascend P1 and the Lumia 820. The HTC brand name is strong enough to make an impact for those customers not wanting to go with Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 handset.
EE’s One SV appears to have the same specification as the previously announced version except for one important change. The screen still measures 4.3-inches and has a 480 x 800 pixel resolution, and the processor is a 1.2GHz Snapdragon with 1GB of RAM. The alteration is in its operating system, as Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was previously announced, however, the UK-bound One SV has Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as standard. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s still a little disappointing.
No word has been given on an exact release date or the price of the One SV, but we expect more details to come through very soon.