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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 (opens in new tab) 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.

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.