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HTC launches dual-SIM Android smartphone, the Desire V

HTC has crafted its first dual-SIM smartphone in the Desire V, which is set to be released across Europe - though seemingly bypassing the UK for the time being.

The model's launch provides a welcome distraction from the gloom-laden press surrounding the company of late, after Microsoft excluded HTC from their forthcoming Windows tablet system. The revenue cut is likely to hit hard, with the Taiwanese firm already suffering financial difficulties.

The dual-SIM capability is the Desire V's attention-grabbing feature, allowing frequent overseas travelers to switch networks with ease on-the-go. The phone also sports a 4in display, 5-megapixel rear camera, 1GHz single core processor, 4GB of internal memory and will run Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

But potential suitors in the UK will be left disappointed by news its release does not yet encompass our shores. HTC has confirmed that there are currently no plans to stock the country with the Desire V, but given the company's current woes, they'd be foolish not to drop the device over to our smartphone-hungry public if it proves a success elsewhere.