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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.

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Via:  HTC-Hub

  • 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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