Specs summary

Screen
4.3"

The HTC One SV's screen is 4.3 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1800mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1800 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 18.8 days standby time, 230 minutes (2G), minutes (3G).


Reviews (6.9/10 Avg. rating)


The Inquirer

Good design, 4G connectivity is nippy, decent battery life

from The Inquirer

The HTC One SV isn't a bad mid-range phone, but despite the handset's 4G LTE capability we think there are better alternatives available on the market. At £36 a month on EE, it's at the top end of the mid-range market, and considering that you can pick up a Samsung Galaxy S3 with a higher-resolu...More

The HTC One SV isn't a bad mid-range phone, but despite the handset's 4G LTE capability we think there are better alternatives available on the market. At £36 a month on EE, it's at the top end of the mid-range market, and considering that you can pick up a Samsung Galaxy S3 with a higher-resolution screen, a nippier processor and more intuitve software for around £25 a month, we're not sure that LTE is worth the price bump. That said, if you're desperate to get your hands on a 4G phone but don't fancy paying upwards of £40 a month, the HTC One SV certainly will get the job done. It does have an excellent battery life, after all.

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Phonedog

A solid Android smartphone at a reasonable no-contract price

from Phonedog

Prepaid carriers are starting to change to reflect the times. They get that consumers are after well-designed smartphones, and that often times, a customer will sacrifice the carrier they want to get the device they want. The HTC One SV is proof that you can get a solid Android smartphone at a re...More

Prepaid carriers are starting to change to reflect the times. They get that consumers are after well-designed smartphones, and that often times, a customer will sacrifice the carrier they want to get the device they want. The HTC One SV is proof that you can get a solid Android smartphone at a reasonable no-contract price. It's missing some of the specifications and goodies that high-end devices out there have, but the overall package offers a lot. If you're after a no-contract smartphone that's beautifully designed and offers decent specifications like a dual-core processor, 4.3-inch display, and 4G LTE, this is a solid choice for you.

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Laptop Magazine

A stylish no-contract phone that delivers plenty of value

from Laptop Magazine

At $329, the One SV for Cricket is anything but an impulse buy. After all, you can pick up the nearly identical One VXfor AT&T for just $50. However, you'll save a bundle in the long run and still enjoy a premium design, speedy dual-core performance and a feature-rich camera. We can overlook the...More

At $329, the One SV for Cricket is anything but an impulse buy. After all, you can pick up the nearly identical One VXfor AT&T for just $50. However, you'll save a bundle in the long run and still enjoy a premium design, speedy dual-core performance and a feature-rich camera. We can overlook the low-res display on the One VS. What prevents this handset from earning a higher rating is Cricket's limited 4G LTE footprint and that the phone is running older Android Ice Cream Sandwich software. Overall, though, the One VS is a stylish no-contract phone that delivers plenty of value.

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Tech Advisor

Comfortable design, 4G capabilities and reasonably good battery life

from Tech Advisor

The HTC One SV is a mid-range Android phone that has a comfortable design, 4G capabilities and reasonably good battery life. However, the low resolution screen and mediocre camera make it overpriced. A good but far from great smartphone.

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The HTC One SV is a mid-range Android phone that has a comfortable design, 4G capabilities and reasonably good battery life. However, the low resolution screen and mediocre camera make it overpriced. A good but far from great smartphone.

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Pocket-lint

The HTC One SV isn't a bad phone, but it does have weaknesses

from Pocket-lint

There are always going to be compromises in the mid-range. The HTC One SV makes some to be more affordable which we can live with: it’s powerful enough for daily activities and the screen resolution, although lacking the wow factor, is enough for most things.

Naturally 4G is appeali...More

There are always going to be compromises in the mid-range. The HTC One SV makes some to be more affordable which we can live with: it’s powerful enough for daily activities and the screen resolution, although lacking the wow factor, is enough for most things.

Naturally 4G is appealing, but this phone does start to look rather expensive when you attach the tariff to it, as EE’s pricing is currently rather aggressive. The real question is whether it’s the fastest network performance you’re after, or the best device, as you may well be able to pick up a better HTC phone, without 4G, elsewhere.

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Pocket-lint

Limited specs, low res display and average camera

from Pocket-lint

Overall, the HTC One SV isn't a bad phone, but it does have weaknesses and, as this is sitting on EE, you could pick up a much better handset for £30 when you take out your contract, making it something of a hard sell.

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Overall, the HTC One SV isn't a bad phone, but it does have weaknesses and, as this is sitting on EE, you could pick up a much better handset for £30 when you take out your contract, making it something of a hard sell.

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Engadget

A middleweight performer that's not just a pretty face

from Engadget

The One SV is all about compromise. Its specifications aren't going to wow anyone into an impulse purchase, especially in a world spoiled by quad-core chips and 720p displays. Still, performance is more than adequate. However, a fast-loading 5-megapixel camera will allow for some opportunistic sh...More

The One SV is all about compromise. Its specifications aren't going to wow anyone into an impulse purchase, especially in a world spoiled by quad-core chips and 720p displays. Still, performance is more than adequate. However, a fast-loading 5-megapixel camera will allow for some opportunistic shots, even if it won't ultimately satisfy more advanced photographers.

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GSMArena

Not quite an entry-level Android smartphone

The HTC One SV packs a curious personality, that's for sure. The handset combines good looks (especially in the red color scheme), superb build quality, rich set of features, and adequate performance all in one - those are qualities which HTC smartphones are well known for. Even an Android power user should be able to live with the handset on a daily basis without having much to complain about....

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The HTC One SV packs a curious personality, that's for sure. The handset combines good looks (especially in the red color scheme), superb build quality, rich set of features, and adequate performance all in one - those are qualities which HTC smartphones are well known for. Even an Android power user should be able to live with the handset on a daily basis without having much to complain about.

As far as the phone's disadvantages go, we must note that they are highly atypical for an HTC device in this particular price range. We are still scratching our heads over the display's WVGA resolution - after all, it was HTC, which first started offering phones with the higher-res qHD screens back when WVGA was still considered the standard in 2011.

The still camera could have offered much better performance, too - it is not up to par with what the camcorder has to offer. And our remark has nothing to do with the relatively low megapixel count it has on tap - there are plenty of fine 5MP snappers out there.

Finally, we find the lack of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box puzzling, given that the OS has been around for more than six months now. We're guessing that HTC have skimped on the latest Android on purpose in order to keep the One SV from cannibalizing the sales of its own higher-end models.

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Know Your Mobile

A nice looking phone with decent specs and killer internet speeds

from Know Your Mobile

HTC's One SV LTE is let down by its price. Sure it's a nice looking phone with decent specs and killer internet speeds, but rocking a price tag of £36 per month isn't compelling - and that's with just 500MB of data.

It's also disappointing to see such out of date version of Android and Sen...More

HTC's One SV LTE is let down by its price. Sure it's a nice looking phone with decent specs and killer internet speeds, but rocking a price tag of £36 per month isn't compelling - and that's with just 500MB of data.

It's also disappointing to see such out of date version of Android and Sense onboard, not to mention lacklustre image quality for the camera. Still, Sense is polished and the user experience is strong. Games play back well, it's expandable, the battery is removable and as an operating system, Android is stronger than ever.

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Know Your Mobile

Bright, vibrant display but mediocre screen resolution out of date version of Android

from Know Your Mobile

HTC's One SV LTE is let down by its price. Sure it's a nice looking phone with decent specs and killer internet speeds, but rocking a price tag of £36 per month isn't compelling - and that's with just 500MB of data.

It's also disappointing to see such out of date version of Android and Sense onboard, not to mention lacklustre image quality for the camera. Still, Sense is polished and the user experience is strong. Games play back well, it's expandable, the battery is removable and as an operating system, Android is stronger than ever....

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HTC's One SV LTE is let down by its price. Sure it's a nice looking phone with decent specs and killer internet speeds, but rocking a price tag of £36 per month isn't compelling - and that's with just 500MB of data.

It's also disappointing to see such out of date version of Android and Sense onboard, not to mention lacklustre image quality for the camera. Still, Sense is polished and the user experience is strong. Games play back well, it's expandable, the battery is removable and as an operating system, Android is stronger than ever.

If you like the look of the phone, you can pick it up on a non 4G tariff for about £26 or £329 offline. That said, with the infinitely better HTC One X+ available on a similar monthly tariff and the Google Nexus 4 costing £229 offline, yet again, it's a hard sell.

Accordingly, this is one of the few times we end an HTC review without a recommendation, at least not until the price drops significantly.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date January 16, 2013
Regions available USA, United Kindom
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
LTE:
1900/700 MHz
Data:
EV-DO Rev. A, LTE
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Processor Qualcomm Dual-core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory No
RAM 1 GB
ROM 8 GB
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.61 W/kg
Body: 0.93 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1800 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time 627 minutes
4G Surfing Time 420 minutes
Talk Time 230 minutes
3G Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 18.8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.8 x 6.7 x 0.9 cm (5 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 122 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density 217 pixels
Size 4.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry XT9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Scenes, Group shot, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, TXT
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Dropbox, Skydrive, Polaris Office, YouTube)
Included Software / Apps -
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