Nov 25 AT 7:29 PM Taylor Wimberly 68 Comments

Leaker shows us HTC’s thinnest Android phone

Leaked render of the HTC Ville, now HTC One S.

Earlier this month we learned of the HTC Ville when the specs were leaked and today we get out first look at the device thanks to some renders shared by Evan Blass of PocketNow. As previously reported, the HTC Ville is rumored to feature a metal unibody design under 8mm thick, which would make it HTC’s thinnest handset to date.

In addition to being the thinnest Android phone from HTC, it should also be the fastest. The Ville is rumored to be one of the first devices with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon S4 processor. The dual-core Snapdragon S4 will feature Qualcomm’s new Krait core that offers a 60% performance increase compared to the existing Scorpion micro-architecture found in the Snapdragon S1, S2, and S3. A new Adreno 225 GPU will also provide 50% faster graphics performance.

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

Expect HTC to debut the Ville at Mobile World Congress in late February. If the rumored release date holds true, we should see the HTC Ville in stores by April. Possible carriers in the US include AT&T and Verizon (and maybe Sprint?), since the Snapdragon S4 will be the first system-on-a-chip to feature an integrated multimode LTE modem.

If you’ve been waiting on the second-generation of 4G LTE phones that are thinner and offer longer battery life, then pencil in the HTC Ville at the top of your wish list.

Source: PocketNow

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  • kurt hinds

    I like the look and construction of the ville! Sleek, metal and ics equal win!!

  • Dirty_Azkals

    Take that you plastic loving Samsung. HTC’s phone can not only beat down your phone but their owners too. Just wipe the blood away from the unibody construction or it will rust. You won’t need a case for this phone.

    • CJ LaFleur

      If htc is so great then why did google drop htc for samsung in the production of nexus devices? Thats because sense infects the pureness of the google experience! And samsungs display is a thousand times better than htc’s. Super amoled hd plus rules all! so does ICS!

      • droid sam

        Wow, none of that makes sense. All nexus devices have stock android on them, so it doesn’t matter if HTC uses sense or miui. Google is in complete control. As far as hardware goes, Samsung makes their displays while HTC is forced to buy them from Sony since Samsung had huge supply chain issues and was forcing HTC and other OEMs to delay product launches.

    • CJ LaFleur

      If htc’s so great, why did google drop htc for samsung in the production of the nexus phones. That’because htc sense infects the purity of the google experience. On top of that, the super amoled hd plus display on the galaxy nexus beats the crap out of htc!

      • Samuel

        Htc sense will never be on a Nexus device, did the htc nexus one have sense? Samsung is great, but right now i have a Htc sensation 4G, i plan on buying the next generation Galaxy S or whatever will succeed the Galaxy S II, i had to get away from touchwiz for a while.

        • iucidium

          Just root.

  • Hassan

    Sleek and beautiful but why they still keep the capacitive buttons ! It should be nixed !

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      These are just renders. The final product could look different and lose the soft buttons.

      • Hassan

        That’s would be great. They should follow the pattern of ICS.

      • iucidium

        Sense will make use of them *shudder*

    • http://www.d0wn.com fabien

      The software buttons are optional on ICS . phone makers can continue to use capacitive buttons if they like

      • Hassan

        Even if it works, one the main features of ICS is the ditching of capacitive buttons. Supporting legacy buttons does not mean they keep what they are doing now.

  • pikahatonjon

    I feel like htc would use the same 720p display that’s in the rezound rather than a qhd super amoled

    offtopic, androidandme’s mobile site is really beautiful. kudos to taylor/whoever designed it

    • myke sorrel

      Was thinking the same thing.

  • Kaz

    Stop it! Every time I think I know which phone I want, you show me another that makes me want to wait for it.. I’ve been waiting since my upgrade date back in March!

    • Tangent

      Welcome to the world of technology lol. You’re just going to have to jump in and buy one you like. If you keep waiting for the next big thing, you’re going to be waiting forever. The next shiny new concept is always just around the corner.

  • Dirge

    HD screen or GTFO. :)

  • Ironzey

    4.3 that’s it? Should be bigger. HTC needs to come stronger than 4.3.

    • droid sam

      I know large screen displays are all the rage, but why would anyone want a phone that requires you to use two hands or adjust your grip to simply access your notifications. If you want something bigger, get yourself a small tablet.

      • Ironzey

        It’s about choice. Samsung is doing it right, lots of choice, many different form factors and options. HTC while I love their phones it’s more of the same thing, dual core, 4.3 inch screen, great design but that isn’t enough to keep me coming back. It seems they are completely comfortable releasing the same phone over and over just slightly tweaked, this is another example, not even NFC, too bad. I love the idea of the Galaxy Note, big with a stylus but alas I love T mobile and I’m not switching.

        • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

          Don’t forget that there’s the HTC Edge. http://androidandme.com/2011/11/devices/htc-edge-to-be-worlds-first-quad-core-tegra-3-smartphone/

          It’ll have a Tegra 3 chip and a 4.7-inch 720p display. There’s something for everyone.

        • dodo

          Samsung has choice? What are you smoking? Samsung hardware as looked very similar since the success of the galaxy. Have a look at all te different materials and finishes HTC use. Check all the different forms. Not to mention Samsung piggy backed the whole iOS look.

      • iucidium

        Or…grow.

  • charliethesuperturtle

    Ill wait for either a quad core s4 or tegra 3

  • Richard Yarrell

    Battery life will be the focus of the future with the snapdragon S4. Hopefully we all will see something better than today’s technology I look forward to that as LTE will become the main standard.

    • iucidium

      Sense will destroy any inclination of ‘battery life’

  • pairojn

    display ratio only 5:3 same as leaked photo of HTC Edge also 5:3, display qHD & 720p ratio must be 16:9.

    • Bart

      That’s why it’s called a “render”…

  • Nathan

    Nice phone, but most likely it not heading to T-Mobile

    • Carlos

      Maybe, it could be the Sensation 2.

      • Wunako

        that’d be great to see. im wondering how sense 4 would differ from 3.5

  • Tico4674

    I can’t believe I’m thinking of this phone as mid-range because it’s only a dual core!

  • http://whysoangrybirds.com mikeyDroid

    Funny how some of you think a “metal chassis” will stop your screen from cracking any sooner.. I don’t care if the back gets dinged.

  • ericl5112

    qHD needs to die. So few phones used it, and now we are moving to 720p. Leave it be. There are already enough resolutions for devs to worry about.

    • Andrew

      ICS is suposed to help devs to create apps that fit any resolution, isn’t it?

  • iucidium

    ‘With Sense’

    *cries*

  • andy
  • pooper_scooper

    I didn’t know so many people didn’t like sense!? That’s so foreign to me because its actually why I keep choosing HTC over others. Battery life isn’t relevant to sense on any phones I’ve had either. Also its MUCH easier to turn sense off, then put sense on a non-sense phone. Best hardware, and much more true color displays from HTC as well. I can’t stand the current color cast from most amoled screens. Just looks ugly.

  • JBnHollywood

    I was actually sold until I read no nfc support…. Always one thing missing to make my next phone happen……

    • http://www.d0wn.com fabien

      i was disapointed also !

    • iamXiV92a

      I too was sold up till the NO NFC support. Bummer because I like HTC Sense, though it is a battery hog

  • Androidcrazed6

    Thumbs up if you are keeping your fingers crossed for this or the Edge to come on Sprint!!!!!

  • cheeto

    I absolutely love the design and build quality of HTC phones. I’m running a epic touch gs2 but I miss the feel and look of my evo 3d. Only thing is qualcom processors suck. User experience is also bit laggy.glad to see they’re using amoled screen which is one of the reasons why I switched to the gs2.

  • Androidcrazed6

    AHHHHHHHH CANT WAIT TO SEE IF IT COMES OUT ON SPRINT!!!

    Just the looks of the device burns the IFAG in soo many ways!!1

    I am someone looking for a device that will blow my mind for Xmas but the only smartphone on Sprint that was in my opinion realllllly good was the S2 but i am very picky with design and that didnt cut the cake so i am hoping to get the Transformer Prime after comparisons with other tablets !!!!!!!

    But i had heard that this phone or the Edge will be on the next line of Evo which were AWSOME!!

  • Rick

    is there any chance we ever see a 3.5inches phone again ? think of the people with small hands !

    • metafor

      They did make the rhyme for girly men. It even comes in pink

  • glococo

    HTC = Poor camera + poor flash + HighPrices

    • aaron g

      Poor camera? Are you serious. The myTouch 4G Slide was rated the best android camera on the market and the Amaze 4G and Rezound both feature the exact same camera hardware and software. HTC is at the top of its game right now with its BI imaging sensors, instant capture (introduced by HTC before Samsung had it) and f2.2 lenses. Try them out. You wont be disappointed.

  • http://androidtidbits.com Androidtidbits.com

    I’m certainly loving it metal design. Also looking forward for what HTC Sense 4.0 has to offer on consumers. I’m Looking forward for this sexy phone.

  • ranwanimator

    I don’t know about anyone else, but the name isn’t really doing anything for me. I read it as “Vile” every time I look at it.

    • Tangent

      If they hold true to form, it’ll never hit the market with that name anyway…

  • mountainmaniac

    Sexy!!!! great design, build quality and up to date software and hardware is making it harder than ever to resist upgrading my phone mid-contract

  • classic_hero

    thats pretty sexy

  • John Walker

    I’m thinking it’s about time that HTC makes a thin device. Not sure why they have made the last few so thick, even being 4G devices on VZW they should have been thinner than they were.

    • Shawn J

      HTC does everything for a reason. Its all in their master plan.

  • androidexclusive.com

    No NFC…..Why ruin a good phone?

  • jd1ezal

    Some people love HTC Sense and some hate it. I think HTC makes quality phones myself. The different between HTC and most other companies they design phones that plain look good and feel good from a physical build.

  • dased14

    that looks good lets see if sprint picks this up, may have to get one if they do

  • lolobabes

    thats one darn sexy phone…

    OT: why is there on G+ sharing button here? lol

  • Shawn J

    Cant wait for this device to launch!

  • http://www.androidfamily.net/ androidfamily

    LOL… Odd assumption that I want to regress designs, no, I was merely saying that HTC used to make ‘unique’ designs… My all time favourite design still is the N93i – fabulous… I proudly had one of those, and the rotating swivel S700 (sonye ..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000631046637 Jimmy Bones

    HTC phones are well designed. I believe they are the best on the market. From window based phones to android phones, HTC just wins it all. This phone here is a threat to the Motorola Droid Razr.

    • SuperAndroid

      As far as design goes, yeah HTC phones look great and are usually made of good quality materials but the internal specs always let me down.

  • donger

    Can’t wait for this, looks good.

  • HexiJosh

    Just looking at this makes me want to throw my Evo 3D out the window. And I like my 3D.

  • Samar

    Waiting for the day when my phone will be paper like thin and anamantum like strong.

  • Robert Whittaker

    Looks much better than the galaxy nexus. Can I turn the “sense” off?

  1. kurt hindsGuest 3 years ago

    I like the look and construction of the ville! Sleek, metal and ics equal win!!

  2. Take that you plastic loving Samsung. HTC’s phone can not only beat down your phone but their owners too. Just wipe the blood away from the unibody construction or it will rust. You won’t need a case for this phone.

    • If htc is so great then why did google drop htc for samsung in the production of nexus devices? Thats because sense infects the pureness of the google experience! And samsungs display is a thousand times better than htc’s. Super amoled hd plus rules all! so does ICS!

      • droid samGuest 3 years ago

        Wow, none of that makes sense. All nexus devices have stock android on them, so it doesn’t matter if HTC uses sense or miui. Google is in complete control. As far as hardware goes, Samsung makes their displays while HTC is forced to buy them from Sony since Samsung had huge supply chain issues and was forcing HTC and other OEMs to delay product launches.

    • If htc’s so great, why did google drop htc for samsung in the production of the nexus phones. That’because htc sense infects the purity of the google experience. On top of that, the super amoled hd plus display on the galaxy nexus beats the crap out of htc!

      • SamuelGuest 3 years ago

        Htc sense will never be on a Nexus device, did the htc nexus one have sense? Samsung is great, but right now i have a Htc sensation 4G, i plan on buying the next generation Galaxy S or whatever will succeed the Galaxy S II, i had to get away from touchwiz for a while.

  3. HassanGuest 3 years ago

    Sleek and beautiful but why they still keep the capacitive buttons ! It should be nixed !

    • These are just renders. The final product could look different and lose the soft buttons.

    • fabienGuest 3 years ago

      The software buttons are optional on ICS . phone makers can continue to use capacitive buttons if they like

      • HassanGuest 3 years ago

        Even if it works, one the main features of ICS is the ditching of capacitive buttons. Supporting legacy buttons does not mean they keep what they are doing now.

  4. I feel like htc would use the same 720p display that’s in the rezound rather than a qhd super amoled

    offtopic, androidandme’s mobile site is really beautiful. kudos to taylor/whoever designed it

    • myke sorrelGuest 3 years ago

      Was thinking the same thing.

  5. KazGuest 3 years ago

    Stop it! Every time I think I know which phone I want, you show me another that makes me want to wait for it.. I’ve been waiting since my upgrade date back in March!

    • Welcome to the world of technology lol. You’re just going to have to jump in and buy one you like. If you keep waiting for the next big thing, you’re going to be waiting forever. The next shiny new concept is always just around the corner.

  6. HD screen or GTFO. :)

  7. 4.3 that’s it? Should be bigger. HTC needs to come stronger than 4.3.

    • droid samGuest 3 years ago

      I know large screen displays are all the rage, but why would anyone want a phone that requires you to use two hands or adjust your grip to simply access your notifications. If you want something bigger, get yourself a small tablet.

      • It’s about choice. Samsung is doing it right, lots of choice, many different form factors and options. HTC while I love their phones it’s more of the same thing, dual core, 4.3 inch screen, great design but that isn’t enough to keep me coming back. It seems they are completely comfortable releasing the same phone over and over just slightly tweaked, this is another example, not even NFC, too bad. I love the idea of the Galaxy Note, big with a stylus but alas I love T mobile and I’m not switching.

      • Or…grow.

  8. Ill wait for either a quad core s4 or tegra 3

  9. Battery life will be the focus of the future with the snapdragon S4. Hopefully we all will see something better than today’s technology I look forward to that as LTE will become the main standard.

  10. display ratio only 5:3 same as leaked photo of HTC Edge also 5:3, display qHD & 720p ratio must be 16:9.

    • BartGuest 3 years ago

      That’s why it’s called a “render”…

  11. Nice phone, but most likely it not heading to T-Mobile

    • CarlosGuest 3 years ago

      Maybe, it could be the Sensation 2.

      • that’d be great to see. im wondering how sense 4 would differ from 3.5

  12. I can’t believe I’m thinking of this phone as mid-range because it’s only a dual core!

  13. Funny how some of you think a “metal chassis” will stop your screen from cracking any sooner.. I don’t care if the back gets dinged.

  14. qHD needs to die. So few phones used it, and now we are moving to 720p. Leave it be. There are already enough resolutions for devs to worry about.

    • AndrewGuest 3 years ago

      ICS is suposed to help devs to create apps that fit any resolution, isn’t it?

  15. ‘With Sense’

    *cries*

  16. pooper_scooperGuest 3 years ago

    I didn’t know so many people didn’t like sense!? That’s so foreign to me because its actually why I keep choosing HTC over others. Battery life isn’t relevant to sense on any phones I’ve had either. Also its MUCH easier to turn sense off, then put sense on a non-sense phone. Best hardware, and much more true color displays from HTC as well. I can’t stand the current color cast from most amoled screens. Just looks ugly.

  17. I was actually sold until I read no nfc support…. Always one thing missing to make my next phone happen……

    • fabienGuest 3 years ago

      i was disapointed also !

    • I too was sold up till the NO NFC support. Bummer because I like HTC Sense, though it is a battery hog

  18. Thumbs up if you are keeping your fingers crossed for this or the Edge to come on Sprint!!!!!

  19. cheetoGuest 3 years ago

    I absolutely love the design and build quality of HTC phones. I’m running a epic touch gs2 but I miss the feel and look of my evo 3d. Only thing is qualcom processors suck. User experience is also bit laggy.glad to see they’re using amoled screen which is one of the reasons why I switched to the gs2.

  20. AHHHHHHHH CANT WAIT TO SEE IF IT COMES OUT ON SPRINT!!!

    Just the looks of the device burns the IFAG in soo many ways!!1

    I am someone looking for a device that will blow my mind for Xmas but the only smartphone on Sprint that was in my opinion realllllly good was the S2 but i am very picky with design and that didnt cut the cake so i am hoping to get the Transformer Prime after comparisons with other tablets !!!!!!!

    But i had heard that this phone or the Edge will be on the next line of Evo which were AWSOME!!

  21. RickGuest 3 years ago

    is there any chance we ever see a 3.5inches phone again ? think of the people with small hands !

    • metaforGuest 3 years ago

      They did make the rhyme for girly men. It even comes in pink

  22. glococoGuest 3 years ago

    HTC = Poor camera + poor flash + HighPrices

    • aaron gGuest 3 years ago

      Poor camera? Are you serious. The myTouch 4G Slide was rated the best android camera on the market and the Amaze 4G and Rezound both feature the exact same camera hardware and software. HTC is at the top of its game right now with its BI imaging sensors, instant capture (introduced by HTC before Samsung had it) and f2.2 lenses. Try them out. You wont be disappointed.

  23. I’m certainly loving it metal design. Also looking forward for what HTC Sense 4.0 has to offer on consumers. I’m Looking forward for this sexy phone.

  24. I don’t know about anyone else, but the name isn’t really doing anything for me. I read it as “Vile” every time I look at it.

    • If they hold true to form, it’ll never hit the market with that name anyway…

  25. Sexy!!!! great design, build quality and up to date software and hardware is making it harder than ever to resist upgrading my phone mid-contract

  26. thats pretty sexy

  27. I’m thinking it’s about time that HTC makes a thin device. Not sure why they have made the last few so thick, even being 4G devices on VZW they should have been thinner than they were.

  28. No NFC…..Why ruin a good phone?

  29. Some people love HTC Sense and some hate it. I think HTC makes quality phones myself. The different between HTC and most other companies they design phones that plain look good and feel good from a physical build.

  30. that looks good lets see if sprint picks this up, may have to get one if they do

  31. thats one darn sexy phone…

    OT: why is there on G+ sharing button here? lol

  32. Cant wait for this device to launch!

  33. androidfamilyGuest 3 years ago

    LOL… Odd assumption that I want to regress designs, no, I was merely saying that HTC used to make ‘unique’ designs… My all time favourite design still is the N93i – fabulous… I proudly had one of those, and the rotating swivel S700 (sonye ..

  34. HTC phones are well designed. I believe they are the best on the market. From window based phones to android phones, HTC just wins it all. This phone here is a threat to the Motorola Droid Razr.

    • As far as design goes, yeah HTC phones look great and are usually made of good quality materials but the internal specs always let me down.

  35. Can’t wait for this, looks good.

  36. Just looking at this makes me want to throw my Evo 3D out the window. And I like my 3D.

  37. Waiting for the day when my phone will be paper like thin and anamantum like strong.

  38. Looks much better than the galaxy nexus. Can I turn the “sense” off?