Nov 09 AT 11:43 AM Taylor Wimberly 27 Comments

HTC Ville coming next year with Android 4.0, Sense 4.0, and Snapdragon S4


Curious what’s in the pipeline for HTC next year? In addition to launching the Tegra 3-powered Edge, it appears HTC is also working on the Ville – their first smartphone with Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon S4 processor. The latest info comes from Jonathan Geller of BGR who doesn’t exactly have the best track record with recent rumors, but he seems pretty confident in his source and the specs line up with what we expect for Q1 2012.

Rumored specs of the HTC Ville include:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • HTC Sense UI 4.0
  • 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 (MSM8960)
  • 8-megapixel backside-illuminated camera¬†with 1080p HD video capture
  • Beats Audio
  • Metal construction case and just¬†8mm thick
  • 1650 mAh battery
  • No NFC support

Jonathan reports that HTC will announce the Ville at Mobile World Congress in February and he expects the device to go on sale in April. That’s around the same time we expect the HTC Edge to debut, so it will be interesting to see these two devices go head to head. As many of you already know, Tegra 3 is the first mobile quad-core processor and Snapdragon S4 is the first dual-core processor at 28 nm.

Based on the rumored specs, which device looks more appealing to you? The HTC Edge or the HTC Ville?

Source: BGR

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  • Slith

    I read that whole article thinking it was “Vile”. Looks pretty good I wonder how it will price out next to the Edge.

  • metafor

    No 720p display?

    • iamXiV92a

      No NFC either? (not really a deal breaker, but it’d be nice to have)

      • metafor

        NFC isn’t that big a deal for me but for a large screen, I’d prefer a higher resolution. I currently have a Sensation and while the screen is nice, I’d prefer a higher pixel density.

  • 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.

  • Nate B.

    I can’t say this is just like any other HTC handset because its not. I hope the new Sense it comes with put HTC back on track as far as software. I fell out of love with sense after the Hero days. It hasn’t been anything useful or different in my opinion. I think ice cream will force these guys to work harder and it’ll be what they need. Personally I don’t think ice cream needs a makeover.

    • godzirra

      It would make sense if if HTC made their phones Sense-less… It’s like buying a PC or Mac with a complete different UI.. Why cover up the beauty of Android 4.0!!

  • Eric

    So spec wise it will be basically a Galaxy S 2 T989 except without NFC? lol

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Nope. This will be one of the first phones with the 28nm Snapdragon S4. Expect industry leading performance and battery life.

      • metafor

        I think the most notable thing is that the S4 will be the first device with a 28nm LTE modem. Looking at current LTE devices, absolutely none of them are usable with respect to battery life when you actually use the LTE network.

        Hopefully shrinking the LTE modem to 28nm will resolve this issue.

      • Mike

        Exactly why i could care less right now about Tegra 3. Yes it’s amazing to have 4-core cpu on a phone, but it’s still 40nm process and without the low power 5th core there wouldn’t be much improvement on battery life. I just wish the release this sooner. If the don’t take away the micro-sd slot, I’ll most likely buy it, just wish they would release this soon, by the time April hits, of course there will be better devices announced/leaked, and it always turns into a waiting game.

  • DroidSamurai

    I won’t even look at any top-tier Android phones that don’t have NFC from this point on. Look, Google introduced NFC last year, and it wants to push NFC to its platform. But ODMs continue to ignore this simple addition. If they don’t believe in the future vision of the platform, I don’t believe in them, period.

    • xsynth

      I tend to look the other way if it doesn’t have NFC too. Especially if it’s on 4.0. Google has specifically made software for this (Android Beam) so to not add the NFC chip is missing out on a new core part of the 4.0 experience.

  • Ironzey

    Why such a small screen?

    • Taylor Wimberly

      So 4.3 inch is small now haha?

  • Richard Yarrell

    OMG if this is the next evo I’m gunna have sex with myself until its released.

    • Dale Bebeau

      Classic Yarrell… XD

  • Nathan

    Nice device

  • triangle

    I think any new high end device in 2012 must have ICS to start. After that, an HD screen is also something it must have for me. NFC is also going to be an important feature, though that’s probably a little more subjective until the functionality is further developed. As far as the processor, the Tegra 3, the Qualcomm S4 and next gen Samsung Exynos chips seem to be the best that have been announced so far.

    While the new phones sound great, I just want the Galaxy Nexus. I think that’ll be enough for me for a while.

  • snowbdr89….squiddy20

    I know I have been the biggest ass on this site for so long it’s honestly shameful. I don’t deserve anyone to be nice to me since i am suck a throb. please forgive me everyone me and my friend need to get our acts together we have serious mental issues and must go receive medical attention. Wish us luck we will need it.

    • Kye

      Its painfully obvious who wrote this. Richard arn’t you nearly 50 now? Shouldnt you just be rising above these antics? Isnt that what 50 year olds are supposed to do? Be mature and move along?

      You sound like a teenager. Youre embarrassing yourself.

    • snowbdr89

      Another pathetic attempt by dick the dummy yarrell

  • Dougie Howser MD

    The battery is still insufficient even on HSPA, if this is indeed the speed.

    • heyYu

      I agree HTC really need to find a way to put a bigger battery; though I love my HTC Inspire 4G.

  • MarkT

    With ICS on screen buttons making devices cleaner and leaner I wonder if this will make manufacturers work harder on their Android OS skinning efforts.

    With less ways to differentiate the physical handset I don’t see any manufacturers abandoning Touchwiz / Sense etc. Which is a shame, as I much prefer naked Android.

    It also raises the question that should Apple ditch their single remaining button then lots of Android manufacturers may have the opportunity (if inclined) to take Apple to court on looks alone…

  • Samar

    Loving it.

  • pritams

    not bad…