Feb 06 AT 2:19 PM Nick Gray 35 Comments

Leaked images give us a closer look at the HTC Ville


New images of the HTC Ville have been spotted, giving us a closer look at the exterior of the device. Anyone who has owned an HTC device in the past year and a half will immediately recognize the unibody aluminum casing and HTC’s unique styling. As we’ve mentioned in the past, the HTC Ville features many of the design characteristics of the HTC Desire S which seems appropriate given that the Ville will most likely be the natural replacement for last year’s mid-range handset. The Ville’s spec sheet includes a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 chip, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display, 1650 mAh battery and an 8 megapixel shooter capable of recording video in 1080p and a 3 megapixel front-facing camera.

We’ve played around with the colors a little on some of the images so that you can get a better look at the front of the HTC Ville. Just like what we saw in the leaked HTC Ville video last week, the handset features three capacitive buttons (back, home, menu) underneath the 4.3-inch qHD display. This is a departure from HTC’s typical button layout which currently includes a dedicated search button. The front side of the Ville is fairly plain, featuring a wide speaker grill above the display with a prominent 3 megapixel front-facing camera directly to the right of it.

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The right side of the phone sports the volume rocker and the left side features the device’s power port which is a perfect location if HTC plans on making a desktop dock of the Ville. The back side of the Ville is plain as well with a single LED flash accompanying the 8 megapixel camera at the top and two rubber sections which most likely house the handset’s antenna. The most noticeable difference between the HTC Ville and most of HTC’s current devices is the device’s 8mm thick body. We know that many Android manufacturers are in a race to produce the thinnest smartphone on the planet, but we doubt any of them will feel as solid as the Ville with its aluminum shell.

Below is a leaked video of the HTC Ville which shows of HTC Sense 4.0 running on Android 4.0.

We’re only three weeks away from the official unveiling of the HTC Ville at Mobile World Congress. All we really need now is an official launch date, price and we should be all set. Would any of you buy the HTC Ville if your favorite service provider decided to sell the phone for $200?

Via: Android-Life

Source: ePrice

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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  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    Awesome but i would of preferred quad-core S4 with 720p, beats and no ICS.

    • fatspirit

      No ICS? Why?

      • eallan

        Probably means “No sense”

    • inviolable

      What do you mean no ICS?

  • spazby

    Not bad but still waiting on galaxy s3

  • Kenneth Ohonba

    It’s so hilarious how all these htc phones all look the same. Can’t they design something that doesn’t already look like a copy of the sensation? Lol they are all so boring to look at smh…..

    • whosaidwhat

      I’m not sure why people are giving you -1′s because you are right. HTC is slowing turning into RIM. 95% of their phones look the same. I have the G2 but I’m thinking about a Samsung S3 for my next phone.

      • DROID Sam

        Um… have you seen a Samsung phone lately? The only difference between the Galaxy S and the Galaxy S II was the fact that it was slightly larger. Yes, HTC’s phones look a lot alike, but they look a lot better than the competition and the fact that they use aluminum rather than cheap plastics goes a very long ways in my book.

        • Shi-theed

          Umm would you rather have the cost of the phone go to the build quality on the inside, or have it mostly spent on a heavy build surrounding the phone which may potentially lead to a decreased call quality and poor wifi signaling..

          We know that samsung is doing something right, as they are the #1 android phone seller

        • whosaidwhat

          All of HTC’s phones for the past two years have looked slightly different than the Nexus One. Like you said, they do look a like and they are starting to look boring. People made a big deal out of Samsung’s plastic phones but they are actually very durable phones. They are light and don’t feel cheap. My G2 feels like a brick and after a year and half of using the phone, I’m not sure the weight adds anything to the phone.

          You can’t compare the Galaxy S and Galaxy S 2 and tell me they are almost identical. That’s like saying the Iphone 3gs and Iphone 4 are alike. The only thing those two phones have in common are the software and plastic casing. The difference is night and day. Not to mention the different designs the US carriers decided on for the US variant of both the Galaxy S and S II.

          You don’t have to agree with my point of view, all I know is that Samsung is doing something right and HTC needs to refocus. They themselves know they need to refocus so I’m not sure why you think they are doing just fine.

    • Gabe

      You’re right Kenneth.. HTC is lacking in innovation.. they need to start stepping it up and they need to start producing “sense”-less phones

  • R.S

    Would I buy it for $200 if my provider sold it?

    No but only because I’m not in the market for a new phone. Although, now that I’ve grown accustomed to a 4.52 inch screen, I don’t know if I’d want to drop down in size even if it’s only .22 of an inch.

    Still a nice phone though!

  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    For $200, the Ville would be hard to pass up. That being said, I’m really waiting for the Tegra 3 powered HTC Edge and it’s 720p HD display. It may not be at thin as the Ville, but since I keep my devices for at least 18 months I need something that won’t look outdated by late 2012.

    • CTown

      I understand the whole qHD vs 720p thing but still: A Tegra HTC phone just does not seem right. NVIDIA is trying to break up the team! NVIDIA… home-wrecker.

  • fatspirit

    I love HTC (I love Montenegro too!), but will compare it with Sony Xperia S.

    • DROID Sam

      This thing’s featuring an S4 chip which is 60% more powerful that the S3 inside the XPERIA S.

  • greeny42

    Fix the battery life first.

    • EmilyS

      Battery life? Um… this phone isn’t even out yet. How do you know it has battery life issues?

      • greeny42

        The size of the battery and HTC’s admitted poor battery life track record.

  • Y314K

    Seems they can’t get away from the Nexus 1 look… As for the internals…. My HD2 with ICS can do everything this phone can… So I’ll be skipping this…. And will keep an eye out on the SGIII & Asus PadPhone…

    Go back to the drawing board… Don’t u guyz remember the original Europe Hero… Now that phone had character…

    • DROID Sam

      Completely agree about the Hero. That thing was amazing! But do you seriously think a phone with an S2 chip can do the same as one with an S4? If the S4 is 60% more powerful than a dual-core S3 that means it’s about 150% more powerful than your HD2.

  • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

    Very nice, but I’ll be waiting to see what else is coming. I love the build quality of HTC phones, but Samsung’s Galaxy Note and GSIII devices might be enough to pull me away.

  • Wunako

    ive been looking at this phone and could possibly be my next one, i hope tho they make a few minor changes to the final version, i would love a bigger screen on it. as far as it having tegra 3, im not too concerned with that knowing that the new dual cores are better and more ironed out then the ones from last year, i can wait for a quad core as of right now.

    all in all tho i really do hope tmo gets this even if i decide not to get it just to see them get some good devices this year, they could very well put this as the sensation 2 or something

  • mikesuds

    BORING. this phone is ugly. put this design out of it’s misery, HTC. You’ve gotten enough mileage out of rehashing the same phone design over and over!

  • Oskar Wismierski

    Im liking the major changes in sense ;)

  • Hall Lo

    Not a bad phone, but HTC, srsly better battery please.

  • Max.Steel

    Looks like every other HTC phone released last year.

  • Schmidty850

    Looks really nice, would like to have this phone next

  • Nathan D.

    Hopefully the price will stay at the $200 price point and this will sell like crazy, or so I believe.

  • Thomas MacDougall

    hope it has a FAT battery

  • nrorm

    I likee! If only sprint would get it and it would be aosp—-it says “with sense”, but that’s what CM9 or CM10 is for!

  • jamal adam

    Looks like a good phone. I’m waiting for the Edge.

  • Jermaine T Jones

    Looks nice but I will wait for the Edge. I hate the way HTC put the USB on the side, I prefer them on the bottom of the phone!

  • piers

    I’m guessing these better images are ruling out all hope for a physical shutter button then? :(
    (I’m guessing it’s too late for them to add that, what with this being a seemingly functioning albeit slow prototype)