HTC Runnymede Is New 4.7-inch Android Smartphone

HTC will launch a new Android smartphone that currently carries the codename Runnymede and will come with a massive 4.7-inch screen.

Unfortunately, rather than upping the resolution to 1280x800 pixels (like Samsung did with the Galaxy Note), HTC is sticking with the same old WVGA which means that the smartphone will have the lowest pixel density of all recent smartphones (bar the Dell Streak).

The rest of the phone's configuration is also slightly disappointing; HTC chose to stick with a single core SoC, a MSM8255 model clocked at 1.5GHz, 768MB (rather than 1GB), 16GB onboard storage, an eight megapixel camera (with a backlit sensor, a 28mm wide-angle lens and focal ratio of f/2.2) capable of HD recording at 60FPS, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.4 UI, DLNA compatibility and a pair of Beats by Dr Dre headphones.

Further details published by Androidguys indicate that the phone will come with a white colour scheme, a SuperLCD display, Bluetooth 3.0, a dust proof design, Bluetooth 3.0 and that there will be a 32GB model, which is a surprise given that HTC normally doesn't ship its handsets with any substantial amount of onboard storage.