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HTC goes 'flame' red with latest Android phone, the One SV for Cricket

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Gallery Photo: HTC One SV for Cricket hands-on photos
Gallery Photo: HTC One SV for Cricket hands-on photos

HTC is stretching its One series down to prepaid carriers once again with the One SV, a 4.2-inch Android phone that's coming to Cricket with CDMA and LTE support (if you're in an area that's supported). If you go by color alone — HTC's calling it 'flame' — the One SV also shows a bit of its relation to the Windows Phone 8X, but the Android 4.0 phone shares a shares more of a design heritage with the One S and AT&T's budget One VX. What that means is that HTC has opted for plastic here, but it remains a solid-feeling device that is noticeably — though not greatly — thicker and heavier than the One S.

Of course, the One SV is laden with HTC's Sense 4 skin, and we continue to feel that it doesn't add to Google's stock experience. Performance is good, though; the dual-core, 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 processor seems to be up to the task. The screen is a 4.2-inch, 800 x 480 Super LCD, and while we're glad to see HTC's dumped the Pentile AMOLED panel on the One S, the quality of this display does not come anywhere near the still-stunning One X. Rounding out the specs are 8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, and a 5-megapixel camera. HTC tells us that users on Cricket will be able to purchase it on January 16th for $349.99.