A Review of HTC Desire SV


When HTC launched the Desire series, everyone had just one thing on their mind. Can there be such phones in the mid-price range? And then HTC released a new range of phones, the Desire C, the Desire X, the Desire VC. But there was seen a necessity in developing Dual SIM phones with advanced hardware, and then HTC came with a solution; THE HTC DESIRE SV.

The HTC Desire SV.

The HTC Desire SV.

The HTC Desire SV is Dual SIM (GSM+GSM) Android smartphone running on the ICS 4.0 version of Android. It comes with mind blowing features for its price range; an 4.3 inch Super LCD display, Dual core processor clocked at 1 Ghz, 768 MB of RAM, 4 GB on-board memory with an option for memory card (microSD), an 8 Megapixel camera and the best part is its Beats Audio Enhancements. (Well some countries have released a single SIM version with LTE connectivity instead.)


The Design and The Specs

Measuring 129.74×67.9x 10.7 mm in dimensions with a weight of 131 g, this phone fits well in your hand. The phone has rounded corners and comes with a decent matt finish back panel. One has to admire the build of this phone mainly because of its well designed and implemented plastic body.

On the front is the 4.3 inch Super LCD 2 capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 480 pixels. The display is impressively great for such a phone with the colors being as vibrant as they can be. Outdoor visibility is not at all a problem. (It’s the same display used in the HTC flagship model One X).

Above the screen is a wide earpiece and a hidden proximity sensor which adds to the aesthetics of the phone. There are three navigation keys seen below the screen which are touch sensitive and they do work well.

At the top of the phone is a power/screen lock button and a 3.5 mm standard audio jack. On the right side of the phone are the volume rocker keys. At the bottom is the microUSB port and a small hole for the microphone. In all the HTC Desire SV looks great with a decent yet impressive look.

Over to the specs, at the core is a Dual core Snapdragon processor clocked at 1 Ghz. The phone is powered by 768 MB of RAM. A detailed report of the specs is given below.

A Detailed Specs Report. Credits: HTC

A Detailed Specs Report.
Credits: HTC


The 8 megapixel camera is another great offering in this phone. The picture quality is great but does deteriorate in low light conditions and also during the night. The LED doesn’t do much to help this. But for the rest of the time, you can expect the best picture quality for a mid-range phone.

A Pic captured from the phone.

A Pic captured with the phone.


The phone is powered by 1620 mAh removable battery. This can easily fare you through the day provided you don’t use the internet much. But in case you need that extra safety, you can go in for another battery pack.

 The Software

I admit it, I have never seen a UI like the one designed by HTC. The sfotware of the phone goes well with the hardware. Smooth animations, sensitive touch, quick response is what you can expect from this phone. The phone runs on Android 4.0 ICS but now has an update for 4.2 Jelly Bean. The HTC Sense UI seems a little outdated and the company could actually consider rolling out an update. In all, the phone runs almost all your apps quite well except that it tries hard to cope with heavy tasks and especially live wallpaper.


The Cons

Don’t be surprised, the phone has some short comings too. First thing is the internal memory. The company claims to provide 4 GB of internal memory but what you actually get is just around 1 GB for your needs. The phone does slag sometime but that is a rare occurrence (not if you tend to do heavy tasks on your phone). The quality of video recording too is not at all satisfactory. The biggest disappointment is this phone doesn’t sport a front camera. So for all the skype users out there, this is a huge disappointment.


In all a great phone. It’s currently priced at around Rs.18,000. So if the cons don’t bother you much, you can surely go in for this phone.


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