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Pictures of HTC ‘Proto’ emerge

Some of the best Android devices out there are manufactured by HTC. Previously, we had some information on a device codenamed as “Proto”, and the specs looked like it would be the successor of HTC One V, and now the images are out!

Having 9.62mm of thickness, the Proto has a 4-inch WVGA SLCD display — up from the One V’s 3.7-inch component — along with a 5-megapixel camera, 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, and 7.2Mbps HSPA. Apart from all that, the major upgrade is the inclusion of a dual-core Qualcomm processor (a step up from the One V’s single-core unit)
It’s not clear whether the device will be a part of the One series or not. As seen from the images above, the design doesn’t resemble or follow the current One V’s design cues. HTC One V has a chin, which is not found on the “Proto”, and the company seems to have opted for a rounded case which is more in line with the higher end devices from the One series.

The current HTC One V features a 1 GHz single core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 3.7 inch Super LCD 2 capacitive touchscreen (that supports WVGA, 480 x 800 pixel resolution with 16 M colors), Beats Audio support and a 5 megapixel shooter, but the main attraction, however, is that it runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense 4.0 overlay out of the box.

Most of the mobile phone manufacturers are going through a financial nightmare. HTC’s profit dropped by 57.8% in the last quarter, compared to a year ago. The Taiwanese giant announced rather small $250 million in profit for second quarter. The executives explained the situation by holding responsible the conditions in Europe and unsuccessful launch in the US, partially due to Apple’s legal filing. HTC has been almost silent since its One series event at February’s Mobile World Congress.

The original One series is great, but isn’t bringing in the volumes that the company had expected. The One series devices definitely aren’t helping the company’s current financial situation, and the only way out is to add fresh devices to its lineup. Samsung’s on the other hand returned profits figures of as high as $5.9 billion, and this figure is largely attributed to its flagship device for 2012, the Samsung Galaxy S III. Samsung’s case testifies the fact that adding new attractive devices will definitely help company’s sales and profits. It’s high time for HTC to have more devices in its portfolio, and they have made a note of it and definitely working on it.

Pricing plays a vital role, and One V is definitely a good product at its price point. It would be great to see an already great device with better processor and more screen real estate. It’s not sure whether the Proto will come with Beats Audio or not as HTC has sold 25% of its stakes in Beats Audio back to its original owners, however, HTC still reserves exclusive rights in mobile segment. What are your thoughts on HTC Proto? One component which I didn’t like in HTC One V is its adreno 205 GPU, which is pretty outdated when compared to other devices in its category. They should consider putting at least an adreno 220 GPU in the device. Do you want the company to fix any flaws that you found on One V? Connect with us using the comment form below.