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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 (opens in new tab).

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.

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.