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HTC Eternity Emerges With Massive 4.7-inch Screen

The first picture of the HTC Eternity has emerged online along with some very tasty titbits of what could well turn out to be HTC's biggest and boldest handset yet.

German mobile website (opens in new tab) HTCinside posted the first picture of the handset last week and reckons that it will be launched this Autumn, with its a whopper of a screen, at 4.7 inches.

Unfortunately, HTC will apparently stick to a WVGA resolution, even less than the resolution on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray which has a screen that's roughly half as big.

At nearly 170g, the Eternity does weigh more than its competitors like the Samsung Galaxy S2, but its massive screen means that HTC has managed to cut its thickness to a mere 9.9mm.

Other titbits include a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 SoC, clocked at 1.5GHz (that's a single core model), only 512MB RAM and 16GB microSD card, DLNA, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Windows Phone 7.1 Mango, an eight megapixel camera with two LED flash and HD recording, a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, a 1650mAh battery and what looks to be a unibody aluminium case.

The Eternity appears to be a massively unbalanced handset; on one hand, the 4.7-inch screen is promising and is the second biggest screen size after the Dell Streak 5. On the other hand, the fact that it has 512MB RAM and a WVGA resolution are clear steps in the wrong direction.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.