09
Nov
HTC-Ville-BGR

Hot on the heels of the HTC Edge, rumors of yet another HTC offering have surfaced. This one is codenamed Ville, and the word on the street is the HTC will announce this bad-boy alongside the Edge at Mobile World Congress. According to BGR, the Ville is packing some reasonable specs on the hardware side:

HTC-Ville-BGR

  • 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • 8MP rear shooter (the same one that's reportedly in the Edge)
  • Metal construction
  • Less than 8mm thick
  • HSPA+
  • 1650mAh battery

As you may have guessed from the above image, the Ville will come loaded with Ice Cream Sandwich, and Sense 4.0 is said to be coming along for the ride as well.

Currently, we're hearing a tentative release date of sometime in April '12, but I would definitely expect that to change several times before we actually see this handset on the market.

What do you think -- after hearing all of the amazing features offered by the Tegra 3 quad-core, is a dual-core phone set to come out six months from now out of the question, despite the sleek, ultra-thin design?

[BGR]

Cameron Summerson
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  • Brendon

    More SAMOLED devices? Awesome :-)

    • Tom

      Yaay, because everyone who wants a qHD SAMOLED display and an "ultra-thin" phone won't just grab a RAZR... "ultra-thin" to HTC means 9.5mm, the RAZR is 7.1... This phone is a waste. Fack HTC.

      • behelit

        yeh but it's buttonless!
        I would get it if it had a 2000mAh battery. 1650 seems quite poor, especially for a battery hungry htc phone.

        • BobbyPhoenix

          Actually being buttonless is a hinder sort of. If you are a rooter you will be limited to ICS ROMs. How would anything on GB or back work without buttons? Yeah ICS is the next thing, but so many ROMs with GB are awesome. Not that is a bad thing, but think about it. Hmmmm?

      • IamBeast

        1. It clearly states that it will be less than 8mm thin.
        2. Unlike Motorola, HTC is known for good cameras in the high end smartphones.
        3. Unlike Motoblur, at least Sense is useful. Even though they both bog down the system.
        4. If they're still using a snapdragon processor and it's supposed to be released in April '12, it will probably be the S4 krait meaning it'll be battery wise, faster than the OMAP4430, and probably include a better GPU.
        5. It'll have a removeable battery.
        So there you go. 5 reasons why someone might choose this over the Razr.

  • Mesmorino

    "As you may have guessed from the above image, the Ville will come loaded with Ice Cream Sandwich, along with Sense 4.0."

    There is NOTHING in the image that is indicative of either Ice Cream Sandwich or Sense 4.0.

    • Brandito

      Except for the fact that there are no buttons on the face of the device of course.

      That covers ICS, who gives a hoot about sense 4.0 when you have ICS?

      • http://www.twitter.com/teamROU Phil Oakley

        I'd much rather have stock ICS (with maybe a few HTC additions) and an unlocked bootloader than Sense 4.0.

      • rustygh

        The hoot about sense 4.0 is that it is what is needed to run ICS on HTC.

    • Jeremy

      No physical buttons...

    • Will

      Yes there is. No hardware or capacitive touch buttons = ICS. That background = Sense.

      ICS + Sense = Sense 4.0! Simple!

  • James L

    No buttons I see...nice, ICS nice

  • http://www.twitter.com/teamROU Phil Oakley

    The Edge was fake. I'm 99% sure of it. Why? Because I'm confident there will be no quad core with Gingerbread. Simple as that.

    But this, on the other hand, looks lot better, and a true successor to the Sensation. It's likely I'll try and get this to replace my Sensation.

    • Cameron Summerson

      There was never a mention of Gingerbread on the Edge. You have to keep in mind that the image of the device is nothing more than a rendering, so the actual device may look nothing like the leaked shots that we've seen.

      • http://www.twitter.com/teamROU Phil Oakley

        Well, it had cap. buttons, so...I dunno. But I don't think any new phone will have cap. buttons and ICS preloaded. I dunno.
        Also, Gary from Eurodroid pointed out that all HTC's renderings which have been leaked before had the phone 'standing' on a flat surface, while the Edge's was reflected.

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          Since Android will support both, it's very likely that there will be phones that will have capacitive buttons, especially right now when ICS isn't even released yet - these phones could have been conceived many months ago.

  • http://androidpolice.com Brian O’Toole

    That image is a joke, right? :/

  • Randy

    "What do you think -- after hearing all of the amazing features offered by the Tegra 3 quad-core, is a dual-core phone set to come out six months from now out of the question, despite the sleek, ultra-thin design?"

    My thoughts exactly. Especially since I'm not due for an upgrade for another 6 months anyways. I want that Tegra 3!

  • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

    Just as 1 GHz phones have become budget Android phones today. I feel that it's safe to say that this and other dual-core phone will become budget phones come next year. Seeing as everyone will be releasing their Tegra 3/equivalent quad-core beasts by the time this is released.
    Personally my 2 year contract is up in February then I can ditch this iPhone 4 and get an Android with Tegra 3. I only hope some come out shortly after CES! =X
    PLEASE 2012 Q1 Tegra 3 ICS phones for AT&T!!!

    • todd

      My thought is that although this is a relatively high-specced device for right now, releasing 6 months from now will put this down into the midrange. The qHD display is what really suggests this to me.

    • IamBeast

      I'd rather have dual core cortex A15s with two cortext A4s as companion cores than a quad-core cortex A9 and a little companion core that nVidia is going. They're only good in the GPU area. Qualcomm is supposed ot release a quad-core to compete with nVidia, but I haven't heard anything from TI nor Samsung and I hope they both go dual-core A15s which will be better.

  • kev

    All it needs is an earpiece, then it might even do the "phone" part in smartphone.

  • L boogie

    After getting pumped for the steroid/ unicorn blood fueled Edge, HTC is on a roll now I'm hoping that the dual core is based on the S4 SoC and Cameron, we might need more watchtowers afterall :-)

    • eric

      Android Central says its s4 .. of course .. rumored s4
      I hope thats true!

    • eric

      Android Centxx says its s4 .. of course .. rumored s4
      I hope thats true!

  • Dragonithe

    They will probably do the same thing they did 2 years ago with the Legend and the Desire.
    One awesome looking piece of hardware, and one beast.

    • Ben

      I agree. I actually bought a Legend but it was just getting too slow for me, so I sold it and purchased a Desire Z.
      This handset, Ville, would be perfect with a Tegra 3 processor.

  • StephenParker

    Mannnnn. That's insanely sleek.

  • Jeff A

    IF YOU AGREE WITH THE FOLLOWING PLEASE FEEL FREE TO POST ON YOUR Google+ etc.
    Open Letter to +Samsung Mobile +HTC +Motorola Mobility
    A tip for you all from what I believe is the vast majority of Android users.

    -With ICS its time to stop it with the overlays.

    What I believe Android users want it to get the root Android experience on their phone as soon as possible. Maybe in the past it made sense to 'jazz up' Android a bit and add some flavour, but I think that time has passed.

    I am sure there are people that love the custom OEM UI of their choice, and if you do feel that your companies skin offers something that the user wants on top of ICS, please consider releasing it as an app to be installed on your devices and updated with newer versions.

    From here on please consider it no longer acceptable to make us wait months for your teams to update your phones to the latest OS.
    This should be a point of competition between your companies, who gets out updates to their phones fastest, and it should be measured in days, hopefully hours, not weeks.

    We love your hardware, please leave Android to Google. Why do you think people like the idea of the Nexus line? Its because it takes your bureaucracies out of the loop.

    • L boogie

      +5 absolutely agree with you

    • Ashley

      I totally agree, I love my sense UI, but give us the choice which bits we want to add or take away. My Acer tablet has no skin, and its fine, and will get better with ICS.
      Time to push Android forward, and piss off the iPhoney users completely.

  • Vinny

    I agree 100%. The problem with companies like HTC, they bank on customers buying their phones because it has the sense overlay built in. With their sales going over the top last year it will be very hard to convince the sales team that their sense overlay is past tense. With the new ICS soft ware I would hope they take a longer look at maybe giving their customers the choice to remove the sense overlay if they choose. This way the customers have the best of both worlds.

  • John

    All these companies are releasing phones with similar specs and the same OS. The major difference between them is the custom UI. While I prefer the vanilla experience and feel that there should be more vanilla options than just the nexus line these UIs are what separate the phones. If I am HTC I would most likely keep putting Sense on my product, if I'm Motorola I would start considering some vanilla options but if Samy, HTC, and Moto all use vanilla all the time what makes the consumer buy their product over the competition.

  • PJ

    On the dual-core vs. quad-core thing:

    This phone may use a Snapdragon S4 SoC (with Qualcomm's new Krait architecture) which has a much higher IPC than the Cortex-A9 cores you'll find in a Tegra 3 device. It may very well be faster than Tegra 3 devices for many applications depending on how multi-threaded they are.

    • IamBeast

      That and the fact that the S4s will be clocked at 1.5/2.0 GHz per a core and even 2.5GHz. Plus, they'll be 28nm as opposed to nVidia's 40nm on the Tegra 3.

  • jeremy

    wow, this thing is getting outta control now... there's no physical proof of this product yet but there's a picture of a slab with some Sense wallpaper on it. haha wow... and they say it's been "outed"? o man... this is just ridiculous now. anyone can come up with those specs and a picture of a slab... geez...

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