iPhone 4S Rival Alert : HTC to Launch Super-thin Ville Smartphone at MWC 2012

HTC will launch a new smartphone called Ville (French for town) at next year's Mobile World Congress according to tech website BGR.com.

The phone which is set to run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, should be rolled out in April 2012 and will feature HTC's new Sense 4.0 user interface.

BGR says that it will be powered by a dual-core Snapdragon Series 4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, a 4.3-inch qHD super AMOLED display, an eight megapixel camera, full HD video recording, a 1650mAh battery, Beats audio sound technology but no NFC capability.

What will make the phone stand out from the competition is that it will be less than 8mm thick, a fraction of a millimetre less than the Samsung Galaxy S2, but almost certainly enough to win the title of thinnest smartphone on the market.

There are a few questions with no answers yet, such as: How much onboard storage will it have? How much RAM? Which handset will it supersede? (Our hunch is the original Sensation) And how much will it cost?

It will be interesting to see whether HTC releases a Windows Phone version of the Ville at some point in the future.

Another handset, the HTC Edge, will almost certainly appear at MWC as well, with an HD screen and the first quad core system on chip on a smartphone on the market.