HTC Holiday Smartphone Snapped

What appears to be the prototype of the forthcoming HTC Holiday handset has appeared online courtesy of a member of the XDA Developers forum.

The thread has since been removed from the website and it looks as if someone wanted to sell it last week. Pictures published by Slashgear show the apparent prototype of the HTC Holiday with a California sticker on the back and a cracked screen.

It also appears to have a tapered edge with a rather thin bezel and what looks like a 4.5-inch qHD touchscreen, a tad larger than the current display sported by the HTC Desire HD and the Sensation, both with 4.3-inch displays.

A picture showing the hardware information leaves us to believe that it will run on a dual core SoC, a Qualcomm Snapdragon model (the MSM8660) clocked at 1.2GHz, with 1GB RAM, a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, an eight-megapixel rear one, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0.

In a nutshell, as we wrote last May after the firmware of the phone was leaked, the Holiday will be a big brother to the Sensation and a definite rival to the iPhone 5.

HTC hasn't confirmed yet whether the Holiday will be released in the UK at all, and we suspect that it will replace the Sensation at the top end of HTC's portfolio.