Canadian readers, if you’re looking for a decent, elegant, and affordable entry-level Android-based smartphone and you have a tough time deciding what to buy, your problem might just be solved later this week.
The HTC One V is set to hit the Canadian market the day after tomorrow, as we reported a while back, and could be made available in other markets as soon as next week. And while we suspected the handheld to target tech users on a tight budget, we now have a first confirmation of sorts about the actual pricing of the device.
The guys at MobileSyrup, one of our most trusted sources of rumors and leaks in Canada, have managed to get their grubby hands on what they claim to be an screenshot from carrier Bell’s internal management system. According to the picture, the One V will go up in the North for $299.95 with no contract.
That’s pretty affordable, considering what this little guy has to offer, and should be more than okay for those of you who want to stay hip and get a new Android smartphone, but not spend an arm and a leg for purchasing it.
On the other hand, I find it a bit strange that the One V has the same price tag with no contract, as well as with a one-year, two years, and three years agreement in the leak. I’m not 100% familiar with how Canadians usually do business, but in the States, as well as in most other countries, carrier branded devices are always cheaper than no-contract phones. Oh, well, I guess it could be a spelling error (or three).
For those of you who’ve missed the One V’s formal introduction a while back, let’s say that the phone will sport a 3.7-inch touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, will be powered by a single-core 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and will feature 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of on-board storage, a 5 MP rear-facing camera, and Beats Audio enhancements. The 3.7-incher will run Android 4.0 ICS out of the box with HTC’s Sense UI 4.0 on top.
Will you be looking for the One V once it will hit Canadian stores? Is $300 a fair price to pay for HTC’s new entry-level phone? Will you be buying this with or without a contract? Let us know in the comments section below!