Made official earlier this month, HTC Desire V should have been an affordable ICS-based smartphone. However, the dual-SIM handset has just been introduced in India and is currently priced at Rs 21,999 (385 USD or 305 EUR) outright.
For an emerging market such as India, the Desire V
may seem overpriced, but that's the price one would need to pay in order to get themselves a smartphone powered by the latest version of Android, namely Ice Cream Sandwich.
Although HTC confirmed the Desire V is dual-SIM, the device only features dual standby, and lacks dual active like other recently launched dual-SIM mobile phones.
On the positive side, HTC Desire V has been packed with Beats Audio audio technology, which has only been embedded onto top tier phones.
Still, given the recent HTC statement, in which the company mentions it will not launch entry-level phones anymore, putting Beats technology in mid-range devices makes sense.
HTC Desire V is equipped with a 1 GHz single core processor, which is why it falls intro the mid-entry category of Android smartphones. As we already mentioned earlier, the smartphone is powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich integrated with HTC Sense 4.0 UI.
On the inside, the phone packs only 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD card.
It is also worth mentioning major retailer Flipkart
is currently offering the HTC Desire V
along with a free 8GB microSD memory card in the sales package. However, the phone is expected to ship in 6-8 business days.
Furthemore, the Desire V sports a more than decent 4.0-inch capacitive touchcreen display that supports 480 x 800 pixels resolution, and a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and HD (720p) video recording. Last but not least, HTC Desire V drains energy from a 1650 mAh Li-Ion battery and offer both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support. Via