HTC is set to launch a raft of Android-powered smartphones
before the end of 2011 and one of those is certain to be the oddly-named and
rather large, HTC Runnymede.
Previously famed as the location of the sealing of the Magna
Carta, Runnymede is an area of riverside meadows, grassland and woodland on the banks of
the Thames in Surrey which is set for more fame due
to the launch of HTC’s newest handset.
The HTC Runnymede is a 4.7in Android behemoth which has been
rumoured for quite some time but has now been revealed in leaked official
pictures from HTC.
The Runnymede is set to be a stable mate of the
similarly-sized WP7 handset, the HTC Titan and will feature the same 4.7in WVGA (800×480) screen, 1.5GHz processor
and will come in 16GB or 32GB models.
However unlike the Titan, the Runnymede
will feature 768MB of RAM (compared to 512MB) and promises top-notch audio thanks to baked-in Beats
Audio technology, a result of the partnership agreement announced last month. There is also expected to be a
high-end camera on the rear.
Rumours suggest that the Runnymede
will be priced right at the top end of the market, at around £530 unlocked for
the 16GB model and £560 for the 32GB model, but this is only speculation.
HTC is holding an event in New York on September 20 when we may get to
see the new device but for now we’ll have to make do with the leaked images. Let us know what you think of the Runnymede in the comments section.