Pocketnow is reporting that a new HTC Android device is in the works codenamed Runnymede. We’re not sure what’s prompting the latest round of HTC code names but Puccini (their 10 inch tablet) is an Italian operatic composer, while Runnymede is a meadow on the South Bank of the Thames River. After you read some of the rumored specs of this thing though a meadow on a peaceful and tranquil river in England is probably the last thing that will come to mind.
First off the screen size of the Runnymede is supposed to be 4.7 inches. Because Dell insisted on referring to the Dell Streak as a tablet, this will be the largest screen for a smartphone. It’s coming in at a resolution of 400×800. Under the hood it will have a fast 1.5ghz processor. Unfortunately it’s not a dual core processor. As pocketnow points out it’s the same processor running in the HTC Flyer.
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It’s going to be running Android 2.3.4 which should give you Google Talk with Video on that ginormous screen. It’s also supposed to feature Beats By Dre which will make kicking your favorite jams on your phone a great sounding possibility.
HTC also seems to be tricking out the camera again. This time the Runnymede is said to have a backlit sensor plus a 28mm wide angle lens and focal ratio of f/2.2. It’s reported to capture video at 60 frames per second which is more than twice that of handsets available today.
HTC is holding a press event in London on Thursday which is consequently the same day that Samsung is holding their big unpacked event at IFA in Berlin. Originally it was believed that the HTC event would be windows phones only however we are hearing that the HTC Puccini, HTC Bliss, HTC Holiday and HTC Lead will all be unveiled officially at the event. Heck, we may even see this phone there as well.
HTC is also working on a 4.7″ windows phone 7 device. Both this device and the WP7 device are expected in time for the holidays.