Jan 31 AT 9:34 AM Taylor Wimberly 101 Comments

HTC’s thinnest Android phone captured on video

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

Want to catch a glimpse of HTC’s thinnest Android smartphone ahead of Mobile World Congress? A YouTube video just appeared online which reveals the HTC Ville, a device that is rumored to feature a metal unibody design under 8mm thick.

Additional details that have been leaked so far include Android 4.0, Sense 4.0, 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 8 MP rear camera, VGA front camera, HSPA+, Bluetooh 4.0, and a 1,650 mAh battery.

The dual-core Snapdragon S4 will feature Qualcomm’s new Krait CPU 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.

In the video we can see the performance lags quite a bit, but this is pre-production software. Hopefully HTC can achieve the same smooth performance that we have seen on the Transformer Prime.

HTC is scheduled to hold their MWC press conference on February 26th at 8:30 PM (Barcelona Time) and we will be on-site to check out whatever they announce. Be on the lookout for more details over the coming weeks.

Update: The video has been pulled at the request of HTC. We saved a copy, but don’t want to piss off HTC by re-uploading it. A screen capture can be seen below.

Via: HTC-Hub

Source: YouTube

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  • http://about.me/patrick.connelly pcon

    That’s pretty nice. However, I’m not a fan of the fact that most of the new phones have such I large screen. I think that the screen size of the Incredible is just about perfect.

    • BiGMERF

      agreed 100 percent. looks like a flattened sensation

    • Jeff Pan

      So true!

      Big screen rocks!

    • yankeesusa

      Really? Just go back to your iphone.

  • spazby

    Looks really nice. At which point is thin too thin? Don’t want to keep dropping the phone…

    • delinear

      I had the same thought – and if it feels too fragile and you have to put a case on it to protect it, then it’s no longer thin (it’s just that the customer is providing the case instead of the manufacturer). It does look great, though!

      • Hue Three of Five

        My girl has the Razr and it’s “thinness” can be awkward. But is overall a nice feature and is even better with a TPU case.

    • M0nk

      I think that thin is too thin when they provide a phone will all that specs and only 1650mah battery. I would change 1 or 2 mm more for twice the battery any day. I think that anything below 10mm is fine.

  • roosterk506

    I love huge screens

    • http://facebook.com/jestertx2001 Jesse Moreno

      Totally agree. I thought big screens would be the standard after the Evo came out. Guess not. :/

  • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

    Take the HTC Sensation and add apply a steamroller, and you get the ville

    • Correactive

      Not really. Ice cream sandwhich, sense 4 and an updated processor optimized for ICS and sense 4. That puts into the next generation of phones.

      • Correactive


      • Anne A

        Maybe he means the body of the phone, and not necessarily the specs? It does have a similar look…

      • dcds

        You didn’t get the joke.

    • aranea

      I like sensation. I thought it would be too big but I used my brother’s and it feels good. Though I think bigger than that maybe awkward.

      Spec’s of this one is pretty good too. Let’s hope HTC won’t lock this one up.

  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    Not a fan of what HTC did to Android 4.0.

    • Paul Atreides

      Sense needs a extreme make over, and not the miniscule tweaks they’ve done.

    • E

      i agree i love htc phones and kinda dealt with sens since the original EVO but on this is just a huge mess and come on 4.0 is good enough where it dose not need any UI any body coming from any other phone can say this too google finally got it perfect on my opinion with ICS

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        It’s not about what Google has done with the UI, it’s about what HTC want’s the experience to be. I’ll agree that many of us love stock ICS, but HTC need to make sure that their phones offer a different experience than all the other devices out there.

        If every phone was running stock Android, we’d all be complaining about the fact that everyone’s phones look identical. The grass is always greener on the other side.

        • aranea

          The thing is options. I’m OK with phones coming with whatever skin they want as long as I have the option to use the stock Android without a need to root the phone.

  • Jorge Vieira

    First off i hate videos recorded like that it urks me. And it looks like the nexus one but bigger! And that sense is pretty nice, is that over ics or gingerbread?

    • Jorge Vieira

      i see it ics idk then….but it sure looks thin. And qHD….idk

  • scores87

    Looks great except for the qhd screen (not that bad) and it is probably s3 not krait but still looks awesome

    • scores87

      Oops didn’t read it us krait sorry

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      We already saw Snapdragon S4 phones at CES. We will see many more at MWC. Qualcomm has a minority investment in HTC, so you can be sure we will see some S4 phones coming down the pipe. I have no reason to believe this phone is not S4 like rumored.

  • Hue Three of Five

    Looks sweet, but battery capacity is still kind of low. The Razr has 1780. HTC is my fav though. I hope something like this comes to Verizon. It will be probably be thicker if Verizon gets ahold of it.

    • co.ag.2005

      This. When will HTC learn that it needs to include at least an 1800 mAh battery (my opinion of course). I do like the phone, though.

      • redraider133

        Or remove sense and then it would be ok with a smaller battery. Sense is a real battery killer.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Don’t forget that that this will be one of the first phones with a Qualcomm S4 28nm chip inside which means its a low more efficient than older chips. Don’t forget the the DROID RAZR also has a separate radio chip for LTE which adds significant power drain.

      • metafor

        Still, it’d be nice to have a beefy battery. I realize that even with the smaller battery, this will likely pull the same if not better battery life than the RAZR MAXX (mostly due to the power-hogging LTE radio in the MAXX) but I’d like 16+ hours of usage for once in an Android phone.

  • http://youtube.com/user/jawckamoe Marcus

    It looks nice, but that is incredibly thin. And HTC made ICS not look like ICS anymore… oh well; the specs are really nice.

  • Jahmon

    How thin is this compared to a Nexus One ?

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      The Nexus One measured 119 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm. This phone should be between 20-25% thinner than the Nexus One.

  • bparkey

    I want a buttonless phone now. It is the new big thing and that is what I want. I’m such a sheep.

  • Rhino3081

    Not bad, but nothing special, IMO

    1. It looks like a bigger Nexus :(
    2. qhd 4.3, all phones should be 720p now
    3. Where’s ICS. Sure it says 4.0 in the menu but it looks like Sence 3.5. Fail!

    Three strikes and your out. :)

    • redraider133

      Ics has nothing to do with sense….

    • bellken

      The android version is shown to be 4.0.1 at the 2:16 point – ICS

    • AsakuraZero

      if this is really Sense 4, htc its doing it wrong, not even samsung its killing ICS that much on their UI.

      i had read android design and used CM9, this is a deal breaker, just give us an unlocked bootloader and let me flash CM9 or ASOP roms

      • scores87

        HTC does unlock their bootloaders maybe not at launch but they release the unlocking tool online

    • gqkevyn

      I actually liked the looks of the Nexus One. and this is ICS, but with Sense 4.0. From the video Sense 4.0 looks better to me than before. I would still prefer stock.

      qHD is a bit disappointing. Not sure if I’ll upgrade from the Sensation.

    • Rhino3081

      To clarify… I know its running ICS 4.0.1. Its just HTC has so heavly skinned it I would never know with out looking. That to me is not a good practice with 4.0. Like AsakuraZero said “if this is Sence 4.0 HTC is doing it all wrong” and its not a bad looking phone, its just a tired design and HTC needs to update their look and stop using so much gray.

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        The look is getting pretty dated, but the alternative is to go back to using plastic and making phones that look and feel like Samsung phones. I know they are light and thin, but I’d prefer an aluminum uni-body phone any day.

  • Ivan Todorov

    Nice phone but at what price? :)

  • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

    It looks like the build quality is solid. I was hoping htc would go slightly bigger on the screen.
    The new Sense isn’t looking very good, but I’m going to hope that it will be improved by the time this phone comes out.

  • redraider133

    Sense looks nice on that phone. Can’t wait to see how it runs on other HTC phones.

  • Prime

    I love sense 3.0 & 3.5! But like someone said already! Not a fan of what they did to Sense 4.0!

  • Jorge Encarnação

    OO I like the design of that phone. I’ve always liked HTC designs on Android phones, and this one looks really slick and cool.

  • cmdr430

    I have tried to watch the video, but it keeps saying that it is private…Any suggestions?

  • Richard Yarrell

    Straight up i am happy with my GALAXY NEXUS today nothing beats that. Htc has to seriously step up that game before i purchase again. Getting to use to stock right now….

    • squiddy20

      HTC’s sole purpose is not to please you King Dick. Deal with it.

  • rfvgyhn

    Video is private.

    Also, with the full metal body, does that mean it will have the same issues with WiFi as the Transformer Prime? Or is that just an issue with how Asus built their tablet?

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      HTC has had aluminum shells on their phones for two years now. They typically concentrate all the radios into a plastic section towards the bottom or top of the device for better reception.


    “Krait CPU core that offers a 60% performance increase compared to … Snapdragon S1, S2, and S3.”

    Are my expectations too high, or am I right on in being a little dissappointed that this will only offer a 60% increase in perfomance over my EVO4G? I thought technology was supposed to double every 6 months. Although I suppose if they give us something back in the battery life department, it could be worth it.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Well I think the compute performance is clock-for-clock speeds. S4 will start around 1.5-1.7 GHz and go much higher than previous Snapdragons.


        Fair enough. I had been excited by all the hype around here for the Krait core, but i guess i was shocked to see it at “only” 60% better.

        And I meant to say technology was supposed to double every 18 months… not 6 months.

        • metafor

          The mobile world also doesn’t work like the desktop world. It isn’t just chasing raw compute performance. Krait was made to require far lower power than Scorpion despite the higher performance.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      The time frame is actually 18 months. The S4 is actually 60% better than the S3 chip which was about 50% better that the S2 of the Desire HD/Desire Z which was better that the S1 which was in the EVO 4G.

      If you’re upgrading from the EVO 4G, you’re probably looking at performance improvement between 200-300%. If you base it on NenaMark2 benchmarks, the msm8960 chip inside the Ville is 694% more powerful. http://nena.se/nenamark/view?version=2


        Well alright. Put like that, looks like i was more misinformed than anything else. Thanks… got me all excited again!

        (and also, I did correct myself in a post above in regards to the 6/18 months timeframe)

  • rojo623

    HTC is so notorious for poor battery life. The Thunderbolt was the perfect example. I really didn’t like that phone.
    Performance time with the G-nex literally doubles that of the Thunderbolt. Anyway… I digress – HTC — Time to take a page out of Moto’s book and focus on an insane battery.

    • Bart

      Don’t forget that the thunderbolt was the first LTE phone ever built…with new technology there will always be those who have to lead the way in innovation (htc in this case), but those people are also more likely to run into problems. Others can freeride off of the solutions to these problems…

      • redraider133

        But it still had considerably worse battery life than the charge and revolution which used the same lte chips…. HTC is just known to have bad battery life and use smaller batteries in their phones. I think any phone with a 4.3 screen or larger should come standard with at least an 1800mah battery.

  • romy134
  • romy134

    only 3 buttons also

  • vid500

    HTC does nice phones, with their great materials and the screen really going all over the front without the waste of space. I like it. And the sence gives the aditional tuch to it. (for me) But I really don’t know why they didn’t go for the tablet market a bit more. They could do a great job there. (the Flyer wasn’t my favorite thou)

  • Dirge

    HTC just had to kill ICS’ design. :(
    and I read in article that there was some lag, it could have just been Sense slowing things down.

    • Bart

      Or…you know…a rom running tons of debugging code… If you search for the video on youtube you can clearly see it’s a test build.

  • Wunako

    i can deal with the sense for awhile but this is pretty much gearing up to be my next phone. Ofcoarse its nothing a little rooting cant fix.

    alot of people compain that all the HTC phones look the same but i really love their designs, its always sleek and solid, they greys are nice but i would like to see this phone in a nice black metal tone like the rezound it would look sick

  • imperticus

    not wow enough to buy this phone in the middle of my phone. I don’t expect this will be there flagship phone, if it is Samsung S3 will leave it for dirt.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Don’t forget that HTC unveiled their mid-range phones at Mobile World Congress last year while saving their flagship devices (Sensation and EVO 3D) for CTIA. This is probably the natural mid-range replacement for the HTC Desire S.

  • Derek

    I hate how it always goes. I just bought the HTC Rezound (the best hardware on the market) and as soon as I do, theres a new phone right around the corner with 60% better CPU…

    • Bart

      If you would read blogs like this one a little more often, you could have expected that very thing;)

    • redraider133

      Well this most likely won’t come to verizon anytime soon. I mean look how long it took them to get a dual core htc device? I would assume if something like this is coming to verizon it would not be until at least after summer at the earliest.

  • Hall Lo

    The sense at its earlier times did make sense, all those tweaks to android, but now it just doesnt.
    I DUN want extra animations that is really useless (like the options flying out one by one), I want tweaks to functionality! If this is the Sense 4.0 I might just get a Sammy/Sony.

  • Rising33

    Reminds me so much of the Nexus One. I hope its just as exciting specs wise. Next batch of phones need to have those next gen processors, dual or quad cores and the most important ingredient ICS 4.0

  • inviolable

    What’s with the tiny battery

  • greeny42

    Does the thinness kill battery life?

    • redraider133

      Sense kills battery life…

  • thaghost

    I wish google would let HTC make the next nexus device. I really cant wait that long so i wish that HTC would just release a vanilla device. As much as i loft their hardware, i am no longer a fan of sense.

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  • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

    Now what I’d like to see is a video leak for HTC’s Zeta.

    • Bart

      Alas, that turned out to be a hoax…their flagship device will be the Edge (or endeavor, or supreme, or “randomnewname”)

      • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

        Oops, yeah, I meant the Edge.

  • Vance

    Would definitely need to be rooted and reloaded with CM-7.1 before I’d use it.

  • 2C

    The phone looks nice but I’ll never buy a phone with sense ui. Former G1 & Nexus One user…current Galaxy Nexus user.

  • Angie Wimberly

    I would like this!

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    I love stock ICS, but i don’t mind sense, I love it. My only gripe would be that it is qhd and not 720p, and I would of took a krait quad-core S4.

  • yankeesusa

    Yeah, thats the only thing this phone has wrong, qhd screen not 720p, other then that this phone is great. Except that I kinda got used to having a 3d camera on my evo 3d. I use the 3d video all the time and used it several times on vacation. Maybe htc will replace the evo 3d with a variant lte with 720p screen and nfc chip. All I know is that the next few months will be interesting.

  • Mr. Green

    I waited to see how this phone will look like…

    And now I refuse to buy it for those reasons:

    (1)It has capacitive buttons! Future is on-screen buttons like the Galaxy Nexus!

    (2)And prefer the crescent shape of the dock of the older sense than this (unoriginal) dock that looks exactly like every other damn android skinned or stock, way to lose sense UI uniqueness HTC.

    So I’ll buy a Galaxy Nexus instead for those couple of reasons mentioned above, waiting for the sexy white version release and the 1st price drop!

  • tottyrice

    not going to get it i need a phone that looks different not one that blends in with the rest of them

  • E-man

    When he goes into settings you can see the phone number and also on the main screen you can see his weather location. So where was he exactly? Also, you can hear foreign music in the background.

  • benben

    I’m a big fan of HTC’s hardware and this handset is one of the nicest I’ve ever seen.
    But seriously! They just ruined ICS with those ugly tile animations :/
    If they really want to differentiate themselves they should just scrap the whole thing and start over.

  • Huy

    Personally, I don’t really like Sense 4.0,the VGA front-facing camera and qHD screen resolution. I expect at least 2MP front-facing camera and 720p resolution for a flagship product with Snapdragon S4. Otherwise, I don’t see many compelling reasons to get this HTC Ville.

  • jamal adam

    You either go big or go home.

  • aykutb

    so much want..but that font is a no go, what happened to good ol’ sense font?

  • tumpero

    With some rooting and de-Sensefying algorithm I’m sold.

  • Schmidty850

    Wow that is an amazing looking phone. Would definitely love to place MIUI on that baby

  • A.Khalil

    Was it only me, or the menue was reallly lagggy!