If you’ve been drooling over the leaked renders of the HTC Ville, you’d better have a T-Mobile account, or be willing to get one soon enough. According to PocketNow, the next-generation superphone will make its way to the magenta network in the United States sometime this spring. The Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone is one of HTC’s premiere devices for 2012, and expected to raise the bar for its price point. PocketNow did not reveal where they got their information.
Just in case you haven’t been keeping up on the HTC rumor mill, the Ville is expected to run on a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor with a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) screen, using a much sought-after AMOLED panel. An 8 megapixel camera (possibly the same excellent model already in the HTC Amaze 4G) will adorn the back with a front-facing cam to boot. All that is crammed into a body less than 8mm thin, giving Samsung’s best a run for its money. The Ville is expected to be the workhorse of HTC’s 2012 line, filling the same role that the Sensation did last year without upstaging the quad-core HTC Edge. You can bet HTC will be using it to show off the latest version of its Sense UI as well. Expect to see a formal reveal at Mobile World Congress.
A new service from HTC was also uncovered with the new information. HTC Family will function as a sort of mini social network for families, with a wall (sort of a digital refrigerator whiteboard) and Google Latitude-style location tracking. It sounds usefull enough for parents who want to keep an eye on their kids – providing, of course, that they’re all using phones with a later version of HTC Sense. Expect it to be integrated into HTC’s suite as Ice Cream Sandwich updates roll out to current phones.