The HTC Ville, a thin and sleek smartphone said to be announced at Mobile World Congress next month, looks to have gotten leaked a bit prematurely. The device has been put on video for the world to see. What we’re looking at is a 4.3 device that has Android 4.0 and HTC Sense 4.0. It’s rumored to have a qHD Super AMOLED display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and an 8 megapixel camera that will likely shoot HD video. As for HTC Sense, it’s definitely quite the looker. As early reports stated, HTC has updated the user interface for a cleaner look and feel. It also looks like performance has greatly improved. Be sure to take it all in by watching the video above. [HTC-Hub via BGR]
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As the year comes to a close, most of the Android phones for 2016 are out and available for folks to buy. The landscape of the current stable of Android phones won’t change much until the calendar turns, so if you are in need of a smartphone then now is the perfect time to buy one.