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Hands-on pictures of the HTC Desire V, with some benchmarks on the side

June 15, 2012

Dual-SIM phones have been around since the early 2000s, so they aren’t really anything out of the ordinary these days. But when a dual-SIM device is being released by a major manufacturer such as HTC (or Sony, for that matter), it’s certainly something to behold, at least for a while.

Below you’ll find some hands-on pictures of the dual-SIM HTC Desire V, as posted by CNET Asia, along with their brief impression of the phone.

First, here’s a quick reminder about the HTC Desire V’s specs. The phone comes with a 4-inch WVGA display, 1GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A processor, enhanced Adreno 200 GPU, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, 5MP rear camera with LED flash, microSD card slot, Beats audio enhancement, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Sense 4, and 1,650mAh battery. The Desire V measures at 62.3 x 118.5 x 9.3 mm and weighs 114 grams.

Moving on to CNET’s impressions of the phone. Like other recent offerings from HTC, the Desire V has an attractive unibody design that almost rivals that of the One X. The solid build of the phone gets CNET’s (and ours) approval.

Because it’s a dual active phone (HSDPA and EDGE), it means you can receive incoming calls on the second SIM card even when you’re talking on the first one. The status bar on top will show the two networks your phone is connected to. Making a phone call is as simple as choosing from which SIM card you want to call from.

The screen, despite its 800 x 480 resolution, looks great. And while the Desire V has a 5MP rear shooter with autofocus, it lacks the pizazz of its One series cousins – mostly due to the absence of HTC’s imaging chip, which makes HD video recording out of the question. In terms of performance, the single-core processor shows its age and you can expect some sluggishness.

As a bonus, CNMO has posted some benchmarks results of the HTC Desire V (or its equivalent in China – the HTC T328w).

The HTC Desire V is already available in China, and it will hit other Asian countries in the coming days for roughly US$350. We’re not sure why there’s a big price discrepancy from the European market, as the phone is expected to cost US$470 there.

How about it, interested in getting the HTC Desire V?