Aug 31 AT 8:55 AM Nick Gray 23 Comments

Rumored HTC Runnymede: 4.7-inch display, Beats headphones


The HTC Holiday, HTC Vigor, HTC Kingdom and HTC Ruby are still awaiting their official unveiling, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate on the phones that will come after them. The HTC Runnymede is expected to be available around the holidays and is rumored to feature some pretty interesting specs. It’s expected to run Android 2.3.4 with HTC Sense 3.5.  Rather a dual-core processor like the phones listed above, the HTC Runnymede is said to be powered by a single-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor with 768 MB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. The device will measure less than 10mm in thickness and will come bundled with Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.

One of the phone’s highlights will be the 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash. Video capture on the HTC Runnymede will be limited to 720p, but users will have the ability to capture video at 60fps. If that wasn’t enough, the 8 megapixel camera features a back-lit sensor paired with a 28mm wide-angle lens.

Those specs don’t sound too outrageous, but we’re scratching our heads a little over the display.  According to the report, the HTC Runnymede will sport a massive 4.7-inch (480×800) display.  We’ve known for a while that manufacturers are in a race to the top–all trying to put out a phone with the largest display possible–but we don’t think something that big will look good with a WVGA resolution.  Most other rumored HTC handsets are expected to feature qHD or 720 HD resolutions displays.

While the HTC Runnymede may not be the most powerful handset to hit the market this year, it certainly can’t be considered mid-range.  Would any of you be willing to buy a phone with a WVGA 4.7-inch screen?  The offer certainly sounds appealing, but only if the bundled Beats headphones don’t add anything to the cost.

Source: Pocket Now

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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    Goodness 4.7? wow that may be over doing it.. 4.3 is ideal while 4.5 is a lil to much but passable,. 4.7 may just be lil to much.. Then again I wont prejudge since i thought the same about 4.3 and 4.5. I my end up warming up to it, we shall see

    • 4.7inchers stand pride

      4.7 inches?? wow, thats half of my dick size!!!

      • snowbdr89

        Thats not whats you’re cousin said

  • Nathan

    Wow they are interesting specs it isn’t high, high end but it isn’t Med range but I think I wouldn’t get it but it to early to make a decision just yet.

  • BigDroid

    The Vigor has a 4.3″ 720p resolution screen which looks awesome. Retina display who??

    • Dirge

      I didn’t know the Vigor was out already. :o Tell me, how does that 720p resolution screen look?

  • Nick Gray

    If the phone comes bundles with Beats headphones, I’m thinking the price will jump at least $50 – taking the price to around $250. Verizon’s been charging a premium for their 4G handsets, so I guess HTC might be able to get away with charging an extra $50 for $100 headphones.

    I’ve hear a lot of mixed reviews on Beats, but there’s no doubt that they have been a huge success. they may not be the best deal around when it comes to high quality headphones, but since when are any of us looking for the best deal? We buy what we want because we want it!

  • Jay Green

    Why dont they the beats speakers INSIDE the phone!?! I truly miss my Treo 700wx speaker from years ago…was louder than hell and didn’t distort! Could have it on the sink and hear it IN the shower over the water noise. Wish beats/bose/SOMEONE could come up with some loud (and clear) internal speaker(s)

  • Gordon

    5″ display is just fine if you can fit it into a EVO form factor. how? edge to edge display, nix the capactive buttons via ice cream sammmmmmmich.

  • Richard Yarrell

    As I stated in various past comments people better pay close attention to what will take place the ladder part of 2011 and all of 2012. HTC will be bringing some serious FIRE to all customers especially will the EVO BRAND in 2012. You will definitely see a 4.7 to 5.0 screen on the next EVO with a 1850 to 2000 mil amp hr battery.. EVO will always rule..

    • snowbdr89

      and we care about you’re worthless opinions?

      • Richard Yarrell

        Talk about worthless I’m sure you know everything about that….

        • squiddy20

          Have you seen ratings on ANY/ALL of your comments lately? They’re. All. Negative. In fact, well over half of your comments have been rated so low that they’ve been “hidden”. And you’re telling him that he’s “worthless”? Try looking in a mirror. Your statement would be 100% accurate then.

    • Missy

      lad·der Noun /ˈladÉ™r/
      1. A structure consisting of a series of bars or steps between two lengths of wood, metal, or rope, used for climbing up or down something.

      lat·ter Adjective /ˈlatÉ™r/
      1. Situated or occurring nearer to the end of something than to the beginning.

    • Dirge

      We didn’t know you were an HTC insider. /s

    • squiddy20

      “…all customers especially WILL the Evo brand”???
      “the ladder part”????

      WTF happened to all the perfect spelling and grammar in your pitiful excuse for a “review”?
      “…with the Evo brand”
      “the latter part”
      Before anyone can take you even REMOTELY seriously, you might want to try spelling stuff right.

      • snowbdr89

        dick always bashes in vze for high prices but im curious to know dicks opinion on sprints upcoming etf fees soon to be 350

      • Richard Yarrell

        The faceless crew I laugh at you guys every day cause I know like fools your comments will always be here something we all get a big enjoyment out of. Too bad you and @snowbdr don’t have the heart to put a face to all the useless comments you bring to this site…At best the both of you are the BIGGEST JOKES on the internet….Your world must be pretty lonely….

        • squiddy20

          As I have said before you ignorant dolt, just because we are “faceless” means absolutely nothing. What difference would it make if I put a profile picture up? So you could insult me about my “flaws”? How sad. Im half your age and am a bigger man than you. The fact that you are insulting me about being “lonely” and the “biggest joke on the internet” while not knowing one concrete detail about me must mean that you are experiencing these things. Cheer up. If you would only shut up, I’m sure people would love to be around you and you would be lonely no more. As for the “biggest joke” bit, that can also be solved if you would shut your ignorant, tactless, utterly absurd mouth. I mean, who else do you know of who has been booted off of Phandroid THREE times, Android Police once, AND Android Central? If that’s not “the biggest joke”, I don’t know what is. Please, by all means, keep me laughing at your utter stupidity.

  • R.S

    Would I be interested in a phone with a screen that large? Yes, but I would have to check it out first in person to see how well the display is.

    Would I pay more for a phone because it comes with Beats by Dre? No, because I haven’t worn corded headphones in two years and thus I’ve gotten used to not having a cord. Even if they sounded better than my BT headphones, I would give up better perfomance for not having to deal with cords.

  • Murph

    Why can’t they put an amazing camera like that on ALL phones!?

  • http://MagnifyingTERRIBLEpixelation Raptor

    But hopefully all will see 720p is long overdue