After a golden streak of reviewing high-end, flagship smartphones we find ourselves taking a step back and looking at the other end of the spectrum; after all, there are a lot of people out there who don't desire something so big or so expensive. The HTC One V with us today is one of these mid-to-low range devices that tries to pack the best hardware possible while still keeping the price down.

We've used the One X in depth and the One S shortly, so we already know that HTC has set the bar high for the One Series when it comes to quality. HTC's offerings of yesteryear where, needless to say, average and we're really happy to see that HTC have lifted their game despite somewhat disappointing sales. We really hope that they can continue the trend and round out a great series of smartphones.

However don't expect anything too fancy in the One V, as the low price point and target market mean HTC hasn't gone out of their way to set performance records. You get a modest Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255 chipset which has become the centerpiece of second-generation Windows Phones with its 1 GHz single-core Scorpion processor plus Adreno 205 graphics chip.

Surprisingly HTC has included a 3.7-inch WVGA (480 x 800) Super LCD 2 display, and while neither the size or resolution are outstanding, I know Super LCD 2 means quality from my experience with the One X. A 5-megapixel camera is welcome, as is Beats Audio enhancements and an aluminium unibody case.

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