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HTC Proto smartphone to be unveiled at IFA?

Could the HTC Proto be the new mainstream smartphone from HTC? Well, at least one report thinks so.

A picture of the phone - whose final commercial name has yet to be announced - has been published by The Verge and shows a fairly unexciting handset with a Beats Audio logo and what appears to be a distinctive 'chin'.

The phone could be available at the upcoming IFA event in Berlin, where Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy Note 2 at an Unpacked event.

The Proto is said to have a 4in 800 x 480 pixel display, a dual-core Snapdragon system-on-chip clocked at 1GHz, a 5-megapixel camera, a chassis that’s less than 10mm thick and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Those specifications are similar to the single-core HTC One V (which we suspect it will replace) and quite similar to the Sony Xperia U which has a smaller display.

One likely reason why HTC wants to replace the HTC One V so quickly is because it offers very poor value for money. It costs at least £210 in the UK - that's 60 per cent more than what the Sony Xperia U costs.