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HTC Ville Caught on Video Running Ice Cream Sandwich, Sense 4.0 and Looking Ultra-Slim


A month before Mobile World Congress kicks off and we have the first mega-leak to drool over. The HTC Ville was caught in a lengthy video this morning, showing off its official spec list, Sense 4.0 over Ice Cream Sandwich, and an ultra thin body. This is a device that we have covered for a while now over at Android Life as it is rumored to be heading to T-Mobile, but with this being one of the first polished sightings of Sense 4.0, we wanted to make sure that everyone saw it.

So what is the Ville? It’s HTC’s thinnest smartphone ever at roughly 8mm thick, but will rival some of the other players for the “thinnest smartphone in the world” tag. As you can see from the front, HTC is moving to a 3-button approach to match up with Android 4.0, however, they are still using hardware soft keys instead of on-screen soft keys. The design itself looks like most of HTC’s previous work, but again, this sucker is ultra thin.

Hit up the break to see the full spec list and a quick run-through of the device.  


  • 4.3″ qHD display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8MP rear camera
  • VGA front camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • HTC Sense 4.0
  • Android 4.0.1

Update:  Video has apparently been pulled already. That was fast.

Update 2:  A new version is available to watch.


Via:  HTC-Hub

  • Tyler

    Hate to bash on sense but it looked very laggy and slow. Could be just the fact it is unreleased but idk. Sense just looks pretty, but its starting to go too far and be over kill. The transitions look annoying, especially the menu one. Also, why would they put 4.0.1 on it when 4.0.3 is out and is nearly the same. Whats up with the qHD display too? HTC needs to step up their game imo.

  • Alexander Garcia

    Not bad HTC. Not bad at all. “A” for effort.

  • Chet Stovepiper

    1300 mah battery

  • Anonymous

    Thank god I bought the Galaxy Nexus.

  • Anonymous

    On topic:

    The 2D feel of the animations awfully looks a lot like Windows Phone 7. 

    The “pressed” state looks like the element gets pushed back in space and floats back up to the screen, instead of glowing “blue” in ICS. 

    The screen transitions resemble blinds that, one by one, flips from the side of the screen. Again, much like how tiles in WinPhone7 transition.

    HTC can really do a lot better than this.

  • Anonymous

    If there’s one thing this phone tells us, it’s that Google has informed Android OEMS before-hand about the inevitable death of the hardware MENU button…
    … and that Moto, despite soon to be a subsidiary of Google, didn’t get the notice.

  • Anonymous

    I “sense” another failure.

  • jack kramer

    Google needs to have a say in this before htc Releases android 4 on phone. FUX Htc. 

  • HTC always manages to ruin Android. While it looks cool, it’s just not Android anymore. Stock ICS is simple, clean, modern, and dare I say…sexy. This is just to cluttered and glossy. 

    As for the phone hardware, I like what I see so far. I’ve always liked HTC design, I just hate sense.

  • Anonymous

    has hardware buttons.. interesting to see what the manufacturers are doing in that respects to ICS, so many people freaked out about that! lol I personally like the software buttons more now that I’m used to it.

  • Never was a fan of sense, but I’ll be interested to see what the final build of 4.0 is like…it couldn’t possibly get any bigger…right?

  • This looks hot.  Hopefully they’ll release the physical phone dimensions soon, that’s my biggest concern.  Even then, I’ll likely wait for the Edge or the droolworthier Zeta.  If I had to pick a flagship phone right now, I’d pick the Rezound over the GNex.

  • Anonymous

    @twitter-49169351:disqus …my roomate’s aunt made $9,175 last month. she w0rks on the internet and drives a Audi A3. All she did was get lucky and follow the information you can find here..tiny.cc/uim22

  • 1. I am not buying another dual core phone. (Just bought nexus, next one better be quad or more)
    2. Not buying another phone with hardware keys. Just stupid. And counterintuitive.

  • Tim242

    As an avid HTC fan, it was initially hard to get used to a different phone. After seeing this, I am very glad to have a Nexus : )

    • Christopher Riner

      amen brother, welcome to the cult.  You made a smart move.  Don’t be afraid to sit back, relax, and enjoy the kool aid

      • Tim242

        AOKP MS3:tastes pretty good : )

        • Christopher Riner

          oh nice, I actually just moved off of milestone 2 last night to try out build 21.  

          • Tim242

            I was on build 21. Then, milestone 3 released last night.

  • joey

    Obviously, not a flagship phone. Not a huge fan of the dock, kind of reminds me of the dock on the Sense that they make for the T-Mobile ‘My’ phones. Other than that I don’t think it looks bad at all. A lot of you are being more than extra when it comes to applauding the looks of stock ICS. Yeah, I’ll admit is looks a hell of a lot better than stock Gingerbread, but that is not saying too much.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah i didnt mind moto blur honestly but ICS is PERFECT add an extra customizable lock screen button a search button in the permanent soft key bar and power/network control widgets in the navi bar and there is zero that you can improve on.. its that amazing and once you have it for a few days you cant go back to prebics

  • Trophynuts

    introducing the HTC Ville ..then at the last minute there will be a name change to the HTC Schooner …Ala the Vigor/Rezound bs lol 

  • galaxynexusprime

    I officially feel sorry for anyone not running stock Ice Cream Sandwich.

    This looks dreadful. 

    • Anonymous

      Can they at least release the RIL???

  • Anonymous

    The launcher and new modern looking clock widget are the only things i like this time around, in fact I made a similar skin to that back in my Incredible color clock days, everything else I like better in ICS stock. Wonder if it could get ported to Nova launcher

  • jbonics

    oh sweet looks average joe

  • Anonymous

    Bottomline nothing beats STOCK ANDROID and my Galaxy Nexus plain and simple. Htc has got to step up that game seriously my galaxy nexus PIMP SLAPS THIS…..

    • Anonymous

      Whatever happened to “My EVO is the best, nothing is better than the EVO” blah blah blah

      • Tim242

        LoL. Hey, he woke up and realized what he was missing. Don’t hate…congratulate!

        • Anonymous

          Yeah but I just wanted to share how we all felt about his rants each time a new device was out he would always go on and on about how the EVO was better than everything.  Pretty much thought it was a god apparently.

          • Tim242

            Haha I remember. He was so obnoxious about it. He was the same way about Sprint. I wonder what happened? All I know, is that his posts are such better now. For that, we’re thankful!

          • Anonymous

            I’ve noticed (only recently) I’m not here as much anymore or on other blogs, been doing projects and what not, working on some ideas for the Galaxy Nexus and working on getting my clocks ported to Fancy Widget with the help of a themer from XDA

    • Chris Sandoval

      IMHO. I think TouchWiz 4.0 kills ICS.

  • qhd? Why? These phone manufacturers suck

  • Cmdates2991

    i really expected them to do something big with sense 4.0, guess i was wrong

  • This is HTC’s idea of slowing down the amount of half hearted phone? For goodness sake HTC. Just stop and focus on 1 or 2 phones. Until phone manufacturers start doing that, it looks like its just Nexus phones for me.

  • Hugh Hansen Jr.

    qHD? This can’t be a top-tier phone.

  • Anonymous

    I hear the extended battery is a car battery with a cool cover.

  • Dean2359

    Vga front cam? Is this 1999?

  • Sense is the less favorite part of my current phone. I wish HTC can get over it.
    HTC stuck with Sense, Moto is locking bootloaders, LG is a second tier …. looks like my next phone will be from Samsung. Not many choices. Maybe some of the Chinese OEMs can stand up?

    • Kierra

      Samsung doesnt support their phones..

      • That’s ok, as long as there is a broad dev community support.

  • Bionic

    Im no fan of blur but the new ICS blur we saw last week looks leaps and bounds better than sense 4.0.  

    • Anonymous

      is there a video of the BlurWich? where did you see it?

  • This is a situation where I’ll probably try a ROM of Sense 4.0 or whatever it’s called on my GNex, enjoy it for a couple days, then go back to hating Sense and loving stock Android all over again.

  • J Dub

    Who else doesn’t care about how thin it is? Pile on the battery life. I am used to being able to use my device heavily from 7am to 10pm and still have life. I want a normal day to put it on charge when I go to bed and still be at 60-70%.

    It goes without saying that it shouldn’t make the phone look like the Seido extended battery on the G-Nex either.

    • Bionic

      I agree.  Thin is over-rated

  • Bionic

    Ick.  Sense is horrible.  I really dont like HTC phones at all.  The build quality always seems to suck.  The only good thing about this phone seems to be the screen.  

  • Looks like my girls rezound is getting rooted and im throwing CM9 on it.

  • Anonymous

    My bad, wrong post… 

  • I don’t think a quad core CPU could help Sense.  It just slows down everything it gets it’s greasy little fingers on.

  • Jake Gall

    Thats ICS? Looks the same with some minor UI tweeks, htc needs to change thier UI completly and thier phone designs, I have a Rezound, and I love it but I’d also like to see advancement not more of the same, the specs are also the same as the Rezound.

    • They’re actually not as good as the Rezound’s specs.  See screen.

  • The phone number clearly visible? Serial Number too? This is either a sanctioned release/leak or this guy is in serious trouble.

  • it still lags!?!?! WTF?


  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait to install Sense 4.0 on my Galaxy Nexus!! /s

    • Anonymous

      the horror

  • Motosurf

    You know what? it looks pretty……………..SLOW

  • The phone looks like a Nexus One/Galaxy Nexus mashup. Sense looks…bad.

  • Kierra

    I dont like the on screen buttons on ICS and I see nothing wrong with OEM still making on screen buttons.It definitely isnt a con.

    • Christopher Riner

      I don’t understand what you mean.  So you don’t like onscreen buttons, you see nothing wrong with them, and they aren’t a con?

      • Kierra

        Its not a con to have soft keys.I dont like ICS on screen controls

  • DJyoSNOW

    This sounds standard as the galaxy note is lurking around. Im in it for the screen size and have dual core on my tablet….not impressed

  • Adam Klein

    Looks like ICS capacitive buttons in the first pic which is cool but Sense is stinky.

  • Ganesha1994

    i saw this over an hour ago on bgr.com why did they have it first…….dont give me that west coast/east coast crap………Droid-Life why you no get info faster

  • Sirx

    Who gave OEMs this persistent delusion that “world’s thinnest smartphone” is some kind of godly selling point?!  I don’t give a good gosh darned CRAP that the phone is 3 flippin’ millimeters skinnier than the last “world’s thinnest smartphone”!  Can the battery lasts for more than 4 hours?!  Is the camera at least have way decent?!  Is it running the latest and greatest in software and efficient processors?! 

    Stop going on about negligent reductions in thickness and beef up the darned thing with enough specs to satisfy a customer for a two-year period!

  • You know why the video was probably pulled? Because it very clearly shows the phone number, IMEI, and just about everything else you could use to identify which employee is about to get fired for letting the Ville leak out.  We also know this video was shot in Podgornica (Montenegro), so that lets HTC figure out what happened that much faster!

    As for the phone itself, remember that this may be HTC’s mid-range phone this year.  There’s still the quad-core Edge to think about.

  • ddevito

    Yet another 2012 Android phone without on-screen buttons. When will OEMs learn?

    Good thing the video was pulled, it was hard to watch

  • Hopefully it has like a 3300mAh battery like the Droid Razr Maxx…..I really hope we start to see that trend in phones.

    • Anonymous

      HTC doesn’t innovate like that. They innovate by putting “Beats by Dr. DRE” on their phones.

  • jimbob

    Who the hell would want qHD?

  • Ultra-Thin = ultra crappy battery life

  • I hope HTC changes it up and puts a quad-core beast in this.


    this trash looks like a windows phone ,SHM…

  • DJ

    People getting Angry over the hardware buttons like it’s a deal breaker. Hilarious!

    • Staticx57

      well the fact that it only has three is a slap in the face.

      • why? ICS only uses 3

        • Tim242

          But they are software keys. You can have just one, or up to five if you want.

      • Christopher Riner

        Yeah, I have to agree on this one.  Me, personally- I love the three button setup.  I never have and probably never will use the search button.  When you have actual on-screen soft navigation keys, the solution is easy. Put another one on, change the order up, change the color, give it a custom icon– you name it.  But when the nexus was coming out there was quite a large, hysterical group of people screaming that they wanted their search button.  Like I said, if I were buying this phone then I would want the three button setup.  But from a marketing standpoint, I think as a majority they would be better off letting people just not use the 4th search button if they didn’t want it, as opposed to entirely removing the option for the people who do.  

    • Anonymous

      I see no reason why I will own a device with hardware buttons ever again

      • EC8CH


        we don’t need no steeeking buttons.

        • Monty Waggoner

          Buttons? Where we’re going we don’t need buttons. 

          • Anonymous

            Alright, now I have to DL and watch BTTF (episode 1!) tonight.  Thanks!

      • and I see no reason why you should act like they’re the greatest thing since penicillin. They’re taking up space on the screen 95% of the time. The Nexus has a 4.65in screen that might as well be a ~4.4 because the buttons are there all the time unless you’re playing a game or watching a movie in full screen….there’s almost no advantage.

        • Anonymous

          Do you really not understand? Even if it is only effectively 4.4″ it is still bigger than the Razr AND you can still watch content on a 4.56″ screen. 

          You can not tell me that if moto would have removed a portion of that bezel by making the screen bigger and adding soft keys that most of the community would not be happy. They would even have an option to have the same buttons on the bottom row to where the looks would hardly even change! They could even give there users the right to change them if they wanted. The options for soft keys are endless and I have a feeling their chance of “failing” is much lower than physical soft keys.

          • Whats to understand? It’s a 4.7in screen that’s almost NEVER 4.7ins…and you’re ok with that because you can put more crap in that space? No i can’t tell you what the community would like, all they give a crap about is resolution and bootloaders apparently…not like they drive the cell phone market anyway so that’s frankly irrelevant to the OEMs…
            Sure they disappear when you’re watching a movie, and? the Sensation XL for example already has a smaller bezel, 4 capacitive keys, and a bigger screen all the time. And eventually more devices will follow. So then whats the advantage of having on screen keys to most people? I’m not saying it’s a liability, but I can’t fathom why anyone would prefer them to such a degree…if you just like it because you like fine, but otherwise I’m going to have to assume you just didn’t weigh all the cons or don’t care about some of them.
            And I’ve never heard of capacitive soft keys failing on any device so I’ve no idea where you’re going with that, I’m more worried about being attacked by a shark, in the middle of Idaho.

          • TC Infantino

            Well, you kinda do have to watch out for those potato sharks, they are mean and if they attack those teeth can make french fries out of you.

          • Anonymous

            Understand that HTC could have added .25″ of screen to the bottom of the phone to make it a 16:9 aspect ratio (instead of 5:3). That would effectively be a 4.9″ screen without changing the dimensions of the phone. They could have ditched the hardware buttons for software buttons and still have 4.7″ screen while having a 4.9″ screen where advantageous.

            Given the choice between a 4.7″ with hardware buttons and a 4.9″ with software buttons on identical phones, which would you choose?

    • Butters619

      hardware button would be like iPhone click button.  These are physical soft keys.

      • EC8CH

        I’ll take neither

      • Christopher Riner

        i believe they refer to them as “capacitative”.  Am I crazy or am I crazy?

        • Butters619

          Lol actually that’s better.  Capacitive soft keys.

  • NWolvie

    1) “They are still using hardware soft keys instead of on-screen soft keys.”

    2) No two stage hardware shutter button.

    WTH is up with all of the new flagship phones getting rid of useful buttons and retaining ones we won’t need with ICS??!!

  • Video pulled. Yikes.

    • SKAV3NG3R

      It @ the point when i see a HTC phone i feel like i have seen the same.phone for 2 yrs stright…wha happend to gettibg the point and making something special?

      • SKAV3NG3R

        Sry, no coffee yet my thumb game is laggy.

        • I’m with ya, HTC needs a fresh design or a new design team for that matter.

          • EC8CH

            they’ve gone downhill fast. Wasn’t that long ago they were putting out awesome phones, N1, Evo, Incredible…

          • SKAV3NG3R

            Even the rezound was/is nice. My biggest prob with this industry is the same as others tech is moving so fast that co. Want to put out things so fast that they lose focus on the big pic. We want GREAT phones not okay phones. If you skimp on a camera make sure everything else is above and beyond.

            Truth be told, people will buy it and they will keep on making phones like this. By no scense am i an *phone guy but they give there people what they want they dont skimp im the wrong place. We get 2 to 3 very good devices a year usually a galaxy variant or nexus and after that our phones are okay as far as top/ flagship phone go.

            This rant is getting out of control so ill stop it is just sad to see so many 1/2 baked phones.

      • Guest

        Could be worse, Apple has not changed cosmetically since 2007! Haha

    • Anonymous
      • EC8CH

        my 6 year old loves that dude on Nova Science Now

  • Anonymous

    Look what I found….

    • /facepalm

      • Christopher Riner

        hahaha.  +1

  • Anonymous

    says privite 🙁

  • the body reminds of the N1…at least it has the looks going for it in that department.


    I have to say, it looks okay. I happen to like the no logo on the front of my phone. Kinda like the smooth clean look.

    As far as the inside, its just not enough to sway me. I like the larger screens, buttons on the screen. In my opinion its just not enough on the out or inside to sway me.

    Wdith that said, if you buyba high end.phone you will most likely be happy with it. At this point in the phone game its the little ththings that make us say,”ooh”. I just dont see that here.

  • Minhqp107

    It says “This video is private” when I try to play it 🙁

  • Anonymous

    It says Private I missed it! 

    • SKAV3NG3R

      no, in fact you didnt it looks like a win phone with scense

  • Hate That Company

    Probably has an 1100maH battery that lasts 4 hours. I would rather fap with Texas Pete as lube than go back to HTC.

    • Anonymous

      Yup. I’ll start paying attention once I hear about it having a 3300 mAh or more battery. Don’t really care about any other spec at this point, all of the new phones are plenty fast.

  • You lost me at “Sense”.

    • SKAV3NG3R

      I like you admin work +1

      • SKAV3NG3R

        I am a little upset you didnt put, i lost you atr “your” 🙁

  • EC8CH


    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      Stop showing that stupid ass picture!

      • EC8CH

        stop putting stupid ass skins on a perfectly good OS.

        • Anonymous

          HUH? What are you talking about? This is a official phone that will be coming out in the future. The name of this device is call  HTC Primo. Here you can read all abut it….


          • EC8CH

            What are YOU talking about man???

            Sense is HTC’s skinned version of Android, did I really just have to explain that?

          • J Dub

            Pretty sure he knows that…hence the 3 dots.

          • Anonymous

            Stop bashing Sense!

          • Noyfb

            Some ppl like sense, some don’t, some people like motoblur (allegedly), and some don’t, and most like pure android os 

  • no quad core, no care

  • Kierra

    I see no Ice Cream Sandwich. Cant even tell its there.

  • Wade Wilson

    Looked really good…and then I saw “Sense ICS”…

  • you can’t even tell it’s ICS! 

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations Sense, you’re as ugly as Blur now.

  • Kierra

    I know ppl like sense but I dont.Doesnt even feel like its even an android phone…

  • Worm

    Unimpressed. Sense 4.0 looks terrible compaired to stock ICS. And what a major fail not using soft keys!

  • DJ

    Bleh. Still doesn’t beat my Rezound.

    • Monty Waggoner

      I was about to disagree until I saw that you’re right. Our Rezounds ROCK! 

      I thought it was a quad core. 

  • Kierra

    laggy ,qhd, and what that battery looking like? 

  • EC8CH



  • Shnyda

    Only relevant if it has a 3000mAH+ battery

  • Anonymous

    They should call it the HTC Bile… sense=yuck.

    • Anonymous

      My thoughts exactly. Why would you do that to ICS? Stock is so much nicer.

      • Anonymous

        Probably because they are stuck in the 2009/2010 era as far as looks go lol.

        • Noyfb

          taking the simplicity of stock ICS and making it more tedious to use a giant step backwards, facepalm

    • EC8CH


  • Tommy Thompson

    seems a little laggy.

  • Anyone feel like its missing something? Seems to need a selling point…..I dont know…

  • Josh Groff

    Wow, still doesn’t top the Rezound in specs? ICS as a selling point, could just flash an ICS ROM on the Rezound or Amaze and bam, it’s the same phone.

    • Anonymous

      Rumored to go to TMOB so I doubt this is a FlasgShip . . . especially since HTC is in the 4.7inch range now… and 720p screens.



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