It hasn't been terribly clear if or when the HTC One V would launch in the US, but HTC's working to firm things up — the company just announced that the One V will be coming to "a variety of US partners this summer." Unfortunately, there weren't any more concrete details given, but it seems likely the One V will hit smaller regional carriers around the country. It's also not yet clear whether this "global" variant of the One V will be any different than the one that launched in Europe earlier this year, but the specs HTC quoted in its most recent press release make it sound like it'll be unchanged from the model we reviewed recently. It'll still contain the 1GHz Snapdragon S3 processor, 5-megapixel backside-illuminated camera, 3.7-inch screen with an 800 x 480 resolution, Beats Audio, and Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4. While no one will mistake the One V for its more powerful big brothers, this phone could represent a nice value for those interested in an Android 4.0 handset on one of the countries less prominent carriers — we'll be looking forward to learning exactly where and when this phone will launch this summer.

Update: We've reached out to HTC to try and find more info on where the One V will be launching — but in the meantime, PhoneScoop believes it'll be launching on at least MetroPCS, Virgin Mobile, and US Cellular, according to what it heard at MWC. Those carriers would certainly make sense; we're trying to confirm this and find out if any other regional carriers plan on selling the One V this summer.

Update 2: HTC was unable to give us any further details on carriers, so we'll likely have to wait for the regional carriers themselves to confirm whether or not they'll be carrying the One V this summer.