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.