Hello Proto: new HTC budget-buster shows its face

Hello Proto: new HTC budget-buster shows its faceTo be honest, we're still a bit unsure where to slot the HTC Proto we heard about earlier in the month into our sense of the smartphone state of the nation.

Is it the first of a new wave, an incremental update to the One V, or something else altogether? Time will tell, but in the meantime here's what it will look like.

As you can see, HTC has gone for a more standard smartphone design approach than with the One V, dropping the chin-out look that dates all the way back to the T-Mobile G1 for a more conventional rounded look.

In fact, design-wise it seems to have nothing in common at all with the One V it has been so widely compared to, which supports the theory that this is part of a completely new generation of devices we're likely to see more of in the months to come.

The all-black matt/gloss chassis repositions the camera module vertically, and interestingly the Beats Audio label remains, though this doesn't necessarily mean anything as the chassis would probably have been made a little while ago.

There's no fresh news on what will be on the Proto's inside, but based on the leak a couple of weeks ago we're expecting a 4in WVGA display, dual-core Qualcomm 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera and 4GB of internal storage.

It's not quite entry-level, but like the One V it's close, and with a half-decent price it could be a serious option for cash-strapped smartphone lovers. We're hoping to hear more at IFA 2012 next week, but the Proto is expected to go on sale over the autumn.

Via The Verge

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