AT&T has just taken the wraps off the mid-ranged HTC One VX smartphone yesterday, which is more or less a downgraded version of the One S (not in all aspects). The device was initially slated to arrive last month, but that didn’t happen and it has been finally announced now. The One Series of smartphones in the U.S has a pretty decent following, and the addition of this new droid should certainly be welcome. Although, considering the current market scenario, one would imagine if HTC is a tad too late in launching this device in the market. The device is up for grabs for $49.99 on a two year contract and $299.99 with a 1 year contract on AT&T. The off contract pricing is $399.99.
As far as the hardware of the device is concerned, it’s pretty much on par with most mid-ranged smartphones we see. But as with any HTC device, it stands a notch above the current lot of mid-ranged droids. The usual array of HTC’s design elements combined by the software customization (Android 4.0 with Sense UI 4+) are on board the device, so expect to be at home if you’re familiar with the HTC One Series of smartphones. Surprisingly the device doesn’t seem to have a unibody design as most of HTC’s new smartphones do. The exclusion of this particular feature could be to cut costs as this is a mid-ranged smartphone.
The smartphone packs a 4.5-inch Super LCD 2 panel with a qHD resolution. Also on board is a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, a 5MP rear camera with the HTC ImageSense chip and a VGA front facing camera. The One VX also has 1GB of RAM which is on par with most smartphones out there, so running plenty of apps in the background should be a breeze with this one. The device has 8GB of internal storage, but that’s nothing to worry about as the microSD card ensures users can add cards of up to 32GB. The device comes with Beats Audio branding as well. HTC has plans for a Jelly Bean update apparently, which should go live anytime next year. What goes against the device is the limited internal storage (although it can be expanded) and the OS version of Android it’s running. The display or the pixel density is a non issue as this is a mid-ranged device. It is yet to be seen if the $49.99 price tag will attract any buyers at all, especially considering the kind of devices on offer today for the same price range or even less. Regardless, this phone is long overdue and AT&T will be happy to get the launch of the device. Whether it will sell well or not is a whole different story.