HTC look set to adopt the new functionality of Android 4.0 in April with their minimalist button-free Ville handset, according to BGR.
The HTC Ville (codename) is expected to launch at Mobile World Congress next year with a slim 8mm thick metal case packed with Ice Cream Sandwich loveliness behind the company’s Sense 4.0 interface.
The lack of buttons on the front face will take some getting used to when compared to the other handsets like the HTC Sensation and the HTC Edge leaked earlier this week, although the 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display should benefit from a slightly smaller overall case height making it easier to reach the top of the screen.
Behind the display there’s a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon Series 4 CPU powered by a 1,650 mAh battery, and an 8-megapixel rear facing camera that supports full 1080p high definition video recording. Interestingly, and contrary to other recent HTC handsets, there doesn’t seem to be a front facing camera, assuming the photo above is of the finished design. .
Data connectivity is expected to come in the form of HSPA+ support, although BGR’s source claims that NFC won’t be possible due to the metal case.
It’s nice to get a glimpse of what hardware the handset manufacturers are working on to showcase the Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Yes, the Ville looks a little strange without buttons, and it may be a challenge working out which end is the top, but it’s an interesting departure from the traditional smartphone design and we fully approve of a little break from tradition every now and then.