HTC has a high-end Android handset on the way codenamed Runnymede; we first heard of this device a few weeks ago when it showed up in some EXIF data on a photo sharing site. Now we’ve received the full rundown on the features and specifications of Runnymede, which will be among the first phones to emerge from the collaboration between HTC and Beats Audio:

– Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread

– 4.7-inch, 480×800 display

– 1.5GHz single-core MSM8255 (same CPU as Flyer)

– 768MB of RAM / 16GB of storage

– Eight-megapixel / 720p rear-camera with dual flashes & 1.3-megapixel front-facing webcam

– under 10 millimeters thick

– Sense 3.5


– Bundled Beats headphones (not earphones)

While on the surface the specs here aren’t cutting edge — screen resolution, processor speed, RAM, and video capture are all bested by other handsets on the market — it’s the details that make Runnymede sound like a winner. The camera, for instance, is said to feature a backlit sensor plus 28mm wide-angle lens and focal ratio of f/2.2 (compared to the iPhone 4’s smaller f/2.8); in video mode, it can supposedly capture footage at 60 frames-per-second, more than twice that of the average handset. Obviously sound quality will also play a big role here, with Runnymede featuring SRS Surround, dual microphones, and even recognizing when it’s plugged into the Beats headphones.

Apparently Runnymede will ship in time for the holidays, although carrier adoption is still a mystery. Assuming Eternity launches in the same timeframe, both Android and Windows Phone fans will have a 4.7-inch HTC handset to choose from before the end of the year.

Update: AndroidGuys has published a complete spec sheet for Runnymede, including a small image, which depicts the phone as all white (just like the upcoming Radar/Omega). Additional specs of note include 14.4Mbps HSDPA, SuperLCD display, 1600mAh battery, Bluetooth 3.0, gyrospcope, and a “dust proof” design. A second, 32GB capacity model has also been tipped, priced 30 pounds higher than the 16GB variant, which will go for 530 pounds unlocked through whichever UK retailer/carrier the leaked document pertains to.

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