HTC One S and V to come soon to Australia via Optus, no word on pricing just yet
HTC’s high-end One X has been available for quite some time in Australia, but the mid-range One S and low-end One V are nowhere to be found at any Aussie major carrier right now. However, we knew that it was only a matter of time until Australian tech users will be able to enjoy HTC’s entire One series of smartphones, and now ausdroid.net has gotten an anonymous tip confirming the coming of the S and V.
According to the source, the One S and V will be made available in the near future via Optus, Australia’s second largest mobile carrier right now. Optus is one of the carriers offering the One X on contract with no upfront payment and starting at $44 monthly payments for two years.
As you might suspect, Ausdroid’s source knows nothing about One S and V’s future prices on Optus, but it’s safe to assume that both phones will be made available significantly cheaper than the One X. You can therefore expect no upfront payments for both handhelds, as well as $35-40 monthly payments for the One S and $25-30 for the V.
The anonymous tipster has also failed to mention if either of the two phones will be made available exclusively from Optus or if they’ll come to other Aussie carriers as well. As you might know, both Vodafone and Telstra, the two other major Australian networks, are selling HTC’s high-end One device (Vodafone as the One X and Telstra as the One XL).
As far as tech specs and features go, the Australian HTC One S will not come with the dual-core 1.5 GHz S4 processor we have all gotten to love lately, but with the 1.7 GHz S3 CPU powering the European and Asian versions of the phone.
Other than that, the One S from Optus will come with the same specs as in the US, including a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with 960 x 540 pixels resolution, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, an 8 MP rear-facing camera, the running of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and a 1,650 mAh non-removable battery. The microSD card slot will be missing in Australia, too, so that’s another reason to not expect the handheld with much excitement.
The low-end One V will be powered by a 1 GHz single-core CPU and will feature 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of on-board storage, the running of Android ICS, a 5 MP rear-facing camera, a 3.7-inch 480-by-800 touchscreen, and a microSD card slot.
Is anyone excited about the One S and V coming to Australia? And if so, do you think Optus will gain exclusivity for any one of the two handhelds?