News of HTC’s forthcoming Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Ville has been making the rounds since last November, but now with Mobile World Congress less than a month away, we’re finally getting our first real look at it.
HTC-Hub has managed to get their hands on a pretty extensive hands-on video, and it looks like the Ville is shaping up to a pretty impressive mid-range device.
The video tour confirms most of the specs that BGR leaked last year, from the 1.5 GHz dual-core processor to the 4.3-inch qHD display. A (possibly backlight-illuminated) 8-megapixel camera sits high on the device’s back, while a VGA front-facing camera rounds out the package up front.
The Ville looks mighty slim in the video — the rumor mill pegs it as being under 8mm thick, which could put it in competition with devices like the Droid RAZR for being the world’s thinnest smartphone. Interestingly, the Ville still leans on three discrete hardware buttons rather than placing them directly on the screen a la the Galaxy Nexus.
In light of some recent handset releases, the Ville’s spec sheet doesn’t seem quite as impressive as it once did. Still, it’s got at least two things going for it — some frankly impressive industrial design and HTC’s Sense 4.0 overlay.
I’ve never been a huge fan of manufacturer-specific Android tweaks, but if Sense 4.0 is as fleshed-out as a recent report from PocketNow makes it out to be, I may soon be singing a different tune. Though the Ville seems to have its share of snazzy animations, the promise of deep Dropbox integration and the thoughtful inclusion of a guest mode may be the real crowd-pleasers once the Ville (and its big brother the Edge) start trickling out of Taiwan.
Update: The original video went private, but here’s a replacement. Let’s see how long this one lasts.