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iPhone 4S Rival Alert : HTC Ville To Be Less Than 8mm Thick

A detailed picture of the HTC Ville, which is likely to be the first HTC handset to be powered by Android Ice Cream Sandwich, has appeared on Pocketnow (opens in new tab).

The picture released shows a rather down to earth handset without any striking features (and one that still has four clearly labelled buttons).

The handset is said to be less than 8mm thick; in comparison, the iPhone 4S is 9.3mm thick while the Galaxy S II is up to 10mm thick.

Initial reports claim that the handset will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with two cores and clocked at 1.5GHz. It has a qHD (960x540 pixels) Super AMOLED display and an eight megapixel camera with 1080p video recording.

Other rumoured features include HTC Sense 4.0 UI, 1GB RAM, potentially 16GB onboard storage, Beats Audio technology, Bluetooth 4.0 (rather than 3.0), a microSD card slot, HTC Watch and a release date of April next year, one year after the HTC Sensation.

We suspect though that the handset will appear at Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona next year. By the time the Ville is released it will almost certainly be a mainstream rather than a top of the range smartphone.

Désiré Athow
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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 ITProPortal.com 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.