Upon launching the camera application we're greeted by the same familiar user interface seen on all of HTC's recent Android smartphones. And that's nothing to complain about really because the UI offers not only the usual camera features and tweaks, such as various shooting modes and scene adjustments, but also a few bells and whistles like the slow-motion video mode (120 frames per second at 768 by 464 pixels) and the built-in image filters.

But now let's take a look at some actual images. First, a few tech details: the HTC One SV offers a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with BSI sensor, F2.0 aperture, and dedicated imaging chip. However, you shouldn't be paying too much attention to those fancy terms as the photos that the smartphone captures are nothing beyond average. On the bright side of things, the shutter lag is barely there and consecutive frames can be captured at a very rapid pace. But on the other hand, images lack detail and digital noise can be easily spotted in grayish areas. When it comes to video recording, you can crank up the resolution all the way to 1080p, but again, footage lacks in detail.

HTC One SV Sample Video:

HTC One SV Slow Motion Sample Video:

HTC One SV Sample Video:

So in a nutshell, the HTC One SV gets the job done if all you need is to take a casual photo every once in a while. Just don't expect any miracles out of its 5-megapixel snapper as you're likely not going to get them.


HTC has always made sure that its Android smartphones perform well in the multimedia department, and the One SV is no exception. The stock music player is rich in terms of features, so you get all the bells and whistles you'd expect like the lock-screen controls and the home-screen widget. There's also SoundHound integration, which you may use to fill all the missing information in the tracks you have stored on your HTC One SV. Last but definitely not least, Beats Audio integration is on board boosting the dynamics and lower frequency spectrum of music listened through the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack.

There is no dedicated video player installed on the HTC one SV. Instead, videos that you have recorded or copied onto the smartphone's memory can be watched using the gallery application. That, actually, isn't that bad of a solution because the video UI has been enhanced with a few handy features. You can capture screenshots of the video being played, share the video on a social network of your choice, or spice up the audio track with the help of Beats Audio technology. Any popular video format you can think of is playable out of the box, except for DivX. All of our video samples, including those in 1080p ran without skipping a frame.



1. lee480 unregistered

Because of the similar price, I would rather choose the sleek Xperia V.

4. Charlie_boy

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

would definitely agree with you there.... 13MP vs 5MP camera 720p vs 480p display but is it really the same price? where?

6. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

and also waterproof and the price is in hong kong

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Damn! The ear-piece speaker grill is ugly... And it's very noticeable. They should've painted it black.

3. Charlie_boy

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

many midrange phone reviews are coming out... It seems the galaxy S III Mini (8.9) still gets the top marks for this class.. phones with similar specs also include: 7.5 - HTC One VX 7.5 - LG Optimus L9 7.0 - Samsung Galaxy Express Is it fair? bias? what do you think guys?

5. thelegend6657 unregistered

Galaxy s3 mini does not deserve that score ! It's just a GALAXY S ADVANCE with jellybean . Bias ! But problem is most phonearena users are Samsung fanboys so they are pleased with the score

7. Charlie_boy

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

S Advance has a JB upgrade now, but I must admire your comparison and filtering skills... How did you come to know that both phones are virtually the same in specs? Although S III Mini has 256MB more RAM, but S Advance has an higher MP in front-facing cam...

8. myredbones

Posts: 2; Member since: May 17, 2014

Superb phone..had it 4m now..Everything amazing luv the body style even ordered another original battery cover in blk.. To change it up a lil now my one sv looks like a blk n bright red ice cream sandwich...
One SV
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.6 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 1800 mAh

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