Jan 13 AT 4:47 PM Dustin Earley 81 Comments

HTC’s thinnest phone, the Ville, rumored to land at T-Mobile

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

If you were feeling let down by T-Mobile’s weak showing at CES this year, it’s time to turn that frown upside down. According to Evan Blass of PocketNow, T-Mobile will begin carrying HTC’s thinnest phone ever created, the HTC Ville, this spring.

Expected to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress, rumored specs on the HTC Ville have been around since early November, 2011. Along with Android 4.0 and Sense UI 4, the Ville is expected to launch with:

  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
  • Adreno 225 GPU
  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display
  • Beats Audio
  • Backside-illuminated 8 megapixel camera capable of rivaling point-and-shoot quality
  • 1650mAh battery

As exciting as the Snapdragon S4, Android 4.0 and Super AMOLED display are, the Ville’s crowning achievement is its sleek metal construction and staggering thinness. At just under 8mm, the Ville will be thinner than both the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S II.

Along with information on the Ville, Blass also detailed a new service coming to HTC known as HTC Family. HTC Family will be integrated in the latest version of Sense, and features new ways for families to communicate, along with geolocation tools for staying connected. HTC Family is also rumored to be announced at MWC. Look for the T-Mobile branded Ville to on display at CTIA.

Source: PocketNow

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • http://midweststitch.com ajonrichards

    Holy buckets! Combining the sexiness of Samsung’s phones with the burly usefulness of HTC’s Sense software! I want to be in the dead center of this Venn diagram!

    • Jeff Pan

      Haha! You stole my words!

      “the Ville will be thinner than both the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S II”

      That would be awesome! Ville it is!

  • Techrocket9

    Did anyone else read the name as the HTC Vile?

    • http://midweststitch.com ajonrichards

      yes. They gotta change that name.

      • romy134

        When I first read is I was like………. what?

        • cb2000a

          Exactly….a very poor choice of name for this phone…HTC Vile? Yeah I want to buy that….NOT!

    • johnnycsx

      I speak French, and ville is city. Of course, I also read vile over and over though lol

      • Andy_jr

        My question is – what language are we supposed to use when pronouncing this?

        English – “Vill”
        French – “Vee”
        Spanish – “Veeya or “Veelya”

        (Note: I do not speak French or Spanish, so my approximations may be wrong, but I do know that the “LL” combination has a variety of pronunciations.)

        • Bob

          Maybe broken Chinese English: Realry

    • Futureboy

      I totally read it as “Vile” and I have to say, even with the negative connotation, I much prefer the name “Vile” to “Ville.”

      • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

        Agreed. Though with a name like “Vile”, I think it needs to come in a dark forest-like green with blood red accents.

    • Tangent

      This is likely just another development name, just like My Sensation was developed as the Pyramid. It’ll probably hit the stores as the HTC Spectacular or something…

  • spazby

    looks like a great phone

  • golfpedaler

    I want…I want…I want

  • Gr8Ray

    Nice to see HTC still doesn’t care about spec’ing a decent sized battery.

  • R.S

    Glad to hear T-Mobile is still getting good phones!

    • AppleFUD

      too bad they are going to be the last to get the Galaxy Nexus–they should have been the first.

      • Nory826

        Yeah, I can’t believe they still haven’t said a word about getting it. They should’ve said something by now if they were, right?

    • cvette83

      I hope this is a good sign of better things to come. I’m getting close to my contract being up and with no awesome phones being announced, I’ve been thinking about changing carriers. Maybe they’ll come out with something to change my mind.

  • Ironzey Lewis

    Not this time HTC, I’m still stuck with my Sensation.

    • ags29

      Exactly. It’s a slightly updated Sensation. They’ll need something mind-blowing to get me again. I think I might actually wait out my 2 yr contract to make the upgrade more worth it :)

  • metafor

    As with the transformer prime, the only thing that’d hold me back is the screen resolution. In the age of 720p displays, qHD just ain’t gonna cut it.

    Also, I hope this isn’t a pentile AMOLED.

    • M3rc Nate

      You know about the T-Prime 700T right? Full 1080P screen res.

      So people seem pretty happy with the idea of Sense UI being on this….so are we for UI’s now? Last time i checked, Vanilla android ruled (especially vanilla 4.0). Also that it takes longer for them to release a OS update because they have to get the phone to have the new OS and get the UI to work as well?

      Now that im getting a tablet (said 700T), i personally am not so sure on the whole “4.x inch+” screens. I think 4 inches is about perfect. Anything more and its a bit too much like a mini tablet, especially if you own a tablet already, your probably only using your actual phone for texting and telecommunication calls, not for media anymore (that you do on your tablet now).

      Overall, gorgeous looking phone. Though i own a G2 and i havent fully switched over to the mindset of not having a physical keyboard yet. Even my T-Prime 700T will have the keyboard dock so it will have a physical keyboard.

      • metafor

        I will likely get the 700T, my comment was obviously in reference to the Transformer Prime currently selling.

        As for stock vs Sense. HTC’s will always have Sense and in reality, it’s not that bad of a UI. However, for me at least, it’s easy enough to root and put a custom ROM on there.

        I’m excited since this will likely be the first S4 phone announced.

      • Ironzey Lewis

        I would be surprised if they DIDN’T put sense on it. The only thing I ask is that they update sense to make it feel like you have ICS not Gingerbread with a couple more features. That leaked sensed ICS update seemed pretty weak. From the pics it seemed too much like gingerbread.

  • n25philly

    no HD screen? Pass

  • OutofPlace

    I’m one of the lucky few whose G2x hasn’t been an absolute disaster. I don’t get the random reboots and other bugs associated with the phone. All in all I’m still pretty happy with it. That being said, this phone might be the kicker that gets me to upgrade. I’ve never had a phone with Sense, and I’ve always thought it was pretty sexy…

    • deucezulu22

      No you are not, I had my G2X for almost a month now and have not experience any of those issues. I had compared my phone to the likes of the Sensation and come to realize my phone is more fluid and fast (no lag) compare to Sense, I also had a MyTouch 3G so my experience with Android has always been without any UI overhauls. So I’m either going to wait and hope T-Mobile gets the Galaxy Nexus or wait for HTC/LG to come out with another high end plain ICS phone to use my upgrade on. It would be nice if HTC came out with a T-Mobile G3 phone.

  • Toonshorty

    This looked brilliant until I read “Beats Audio” at which point it then becomes the HTC Vile.

    HTC need to drop this beats audio nonsense. If you’re going to pair up with an audio company at least pick a good one that doesn’t make £15 headphones and then sell them for £250.

    • johnnycsx

      I assume you don’t actually own Beats? Most scream quality. I love and will stick to my Bose IE2′s, but I’ve tried plenty of different Beats, both in-, on-, and over-ear, and all are impressive. That, and the interchangeable wire most have make them far less likely to be broken, seeing as the wire is usually the piece to go. Would it really matter anyway? Takes a real idiot (that’s you, by the way, in case the subtlety was too hard for you to follow) to think a PHONE sucks for the HEADPHONES they feature.

      • demize!

        Nice that they’re including headphones at all. The Amaze didnt come with any afaik.

  • Alberto

    From the specifications, it sounds good! It could be better, but looks nice!


    may get this one for my lady..

  • uknowme

    This sounds pretty promising. I’m wondering how that S4 is going to be.

    • johnnycsx

      Sounds good so far, I admit the dual-core part kind of puts me off though. Sure, the number of cores doesn’t really mean better performance, but I’m pretty impressed with my Transformer Prime, I’m hoping dual-core performance still compares (or exceeds, who knows).

  • tc

    this is great and all, but what about the quad-core htc edge? now THAT’s a phone worth waiting on

  • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

    Good looking phone with great specs… and it’s on T-Mobile… from HTC…

    I just dropped my phone in a sink full of water and it’s not one of those new “water resistant/proof/something” phones at CES. Looks like I need a new device! This one!

    … oh crap in the spring you say :(

  • DroidPower

    specs look good, but sad to see it’s coming in the spring. maybe another phone will claim the “thinnest” title before this one gets released. happy that it’s on Tmobile though

  • damambt

    I thinks I’ve said this before but here i go again:
    “T-MO always gets the best HTC phones!”

  • Nathan D.

    This is beast but I would like a 720p screen res instead of qHD.

  • dave

    Due to how the human mind works peoplw are going to read the name of the phone as the VILE.

    Ooops.. marketing error.

  • aakash

    whats new here? on the ‘thin’ part of it?

  • LSH99

    They are going to be in big trouble with that small of a battery.

  • Richard Yarrell

    I definately want to see what the S4 platform will be like. I also want to see what Sense 4.0 will be like. Otherwise still weak battery and qhd nope not for me. Htc has got to come real strong with quadore with real battery life…Meanwhile i just love how i am rolling now NOTHING TOPS THIS DEVICE… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSSulYcE47Y&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    • squiddy20

      Annnnd not even 3 months ago you were saying the same exact thing of the Evo 3D, even going so far as to say how “legendary” it was and how it would be “Sprint’s flagship phone well into 2012″. Broken record anyone?

      • Nory826

        I have the GSM galaxy nexus on T-Mobile, and I think its a pretty epic device. Just my opinion though.

      • Marc (Its me… again -_-)

        How do you two keep bumping into each other?…. you guys must really be up to date with some of newest phones.

        • Marc (Its me… again -_-)

          sorry for the typos; I type too fast and generate too many grammatical errors.

        • squiddy20

          Actually, as Richard will be quick to point out, I have what he likes to refer to as a “useless” Samsung Moment, a phone that was released a little over 2 years ago on Sprint. Sure, Sprint/Samsung ditched Moment users on 2.1, but the devs over at SDX have ported 2.2 from several other phones to the Moment, and there’s still a few people attempting to get 2.3 working. But I’m not typing this on my phone, I’m typing this up on what Dick will oftentimes refer to as a “5 year old laptop”, but is in fact a 2.5 year old Macbook Pro. You see, Dickie likes to make insults that either make no sense whatsoever, or are completely baseless, unfounded, and generally just plain childish.
          As for how we keep “bumping into each other”, you wouldn’t happen to believe in random chance, would you? :P

  • jsweetser2

    too little, too late. Sorry Tmobile. January 25th i’m going where the Nexus phones are. I’ll be back if you pick up the next Nexus

  • Marcofromda510

    No more At&t buy out and with this coming out, i think i found my new phone to get. well worth the wait. glad ive been patient thus far with getting a new phone. currently have the MyTouch 4G. A real good mid tier phone, but ready to see the high end phones the android has to offer.

  • KC

    Does it comes with NFC? I want a quadcore, but a fast dual-core will suffice, but it must have NFC. To go ICS, it must be able to handle Android Beam. And sadly, as usual, HTC battery is shitty at 1650mAH.

  • Hall Lo

    Not bad specs :)

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  • staryoshi

    This looks like an awesome offering from htc. I wish my phone had at least a qHD resolution :P

  • WlfHart

    Looking forward to the option, might grab this to hold over until the Note II.

  • jamal adam

    Where is that HD display I’m looking for?

  • nrorm

    but with sense and aosp?! I like sense, but would really prefer an HTC top of the line phone without it—-Was 2009 the last time we saw this with the original nexus? its been too long

  • Gekko

    HTC designs are starting to look dated and tired compared to the Samsungs like the new G-NEX. sleek, all black, rounded, no lines, and no buttons is the way to go. these HTC square slabs with big edged bezels and backings and cheesy ornamentation and faux markings and designs don’t look so hot anymore.

    the EVO is a year and a half old. HTC and Chou need to go back to the drawing board and start innovating again rather than be lazy and spitting out EVO variants all day long (EVO, Incredible, Thunderbolt, Desire, EVO 3D, Design 4G, etc.) Chou better kick it up a notch and get his ass in gear or he and HTC are going to keep on getting smoked by Samsung and ultimately be put out of business.

    • aykutb

      hate much?

  • aykutb

    so much want,it looks like “the new desire”

  • xRogerxC

    Honestly, besides the S4 processor, everything else on this phone is just average. T-Mobile needs to at least get an HTC phone that is in the same league as the HTC Rezound.

    QHd is just horrible on anything 4+ inches in screen size. I can guarantee you that the Super Amoled screen will be Pentile, which again just doesn’t cut it. The battery size is pathetic, and proves once again that trying to be the thinnest phone should not have to come at the price of a puny battery!

    Don’t settle for this phone until you have at least taken a look at the Rezound just to show you how awesome a nice 720p screen looks. HTC should have at least used a 720p screen, that would make the decision to get one a little easier.

    I realize the Rezound is for Verizon, but everyone really needs to see the 720p screens in action. Once you’ve used one, there’s no going back to QHd or anyting less.

  • Christopher Wueste

    This is the biggest phone announcement for TMO in a good long while. While I won’t be upgrading any time soon, it is nice to see TMO getting some action. Now let’s just hope other manufacturers have phones on the way to TMO.

  • sunrise

    Looks beautiful. Hopefully, the S4 is super efficient on battery use, if not they should beef up the battery specs.

  • Sid

    I’d rather have 9mm thickness and battery life like the Droid Razr MAXX.

    • johnnycsx

      Agreed. I don’t mind a bit of thickness at all, seeing as most of my phones get the Otterbox treatment. I really don’t see why everyone likes everything thinner. Give me something with respectable guts and a big battery, and I’ll gladly deal with the thickness. (Within reason of course, my cell should never start looking like my land-line.

  • Tony Torres

    That phone is gonna be awsome!!!

  • vid500

    It looks amazing. The high end HTC phones are really great looking, with the metal and a display that going over the whole device. Something for me maybe but I have to wait to get out of my current contract. And I got used to the HTC sence.

  • H3csc

    One day android will be thin enough to cut through your hand and double as a weapon.

  • TruFactz

    First, you people with the qHD issue? The sensation’s screen can handle 1080p videos with amazing quality, if your just talking about a UI being in full 1080p, it’s not that serious. How small do you want your UI to be????

    • benben

      I completely agree. No need to complain about qHD res on a 4.3″ screen.
      I hope we’ll see this one in Europe. I would certainly be tempted to buy it.

  • SGB101

    lets hope that this device is stronger than the moto razor, ive seen reports or screen cracking if left in back pocket.

    thin is not always best.

  • Dennis Petrospour

    No quad core

    no 720p screen?

    No thanks

  • Perry

    Vile? as in what apple is?

  • Stella

    Nice specs but not mind blowing. I like HTC phones so I may give this one a try.

  • yankeesusa

    The specs aren’t mind blowing but this is still a sweet phone. If I was with tmobile I would give this a shot for sure. I would not mind the next evo looking like this, except adding 2 flashes and an even better camera, although this camera is almost as good as you can get on a phone besides the iphone camera. The camera on this phone should be even better with all the news on android 4.0 making the software even better. My goodness this phone is sexy!

  • Jeremy

    It’s a really skinny Amaze 4G… The biggest downfall is going to be its battery life.

  • THo

    The Adreno 225 will be the first GPU on an Android to match and likely surpass the PowerVR SGX 543MP2 used on the ipad2 & 4S. Why starve it with a 4.3 qHD?

  • _Diego

    It’d be sold for his smaller sibling in a flash!

  • techvudu

    with HTC’s promise to provide less phones at a better quality the Ville looks pretty nice but definitely not heavy on the specs department. This phone at best specs out to fall of 2011 and shows me nothing as an advantage other than slim size. I appreciate the metallic body of an HTC phone but worry more about the screen that Ill be looking at every time I use my phone. Come on HTC I still have hope but Beats Audio and a mediocre battery just don’t excite.