HTC could very well have a spanking new high end Android-powered smartphone on the way – where it has been called “Runnymede” for its codename. Originally spotted some weeks back when it appeared in select EXIF data on a photo sharing site, here is the nitty gritty on the upcoming Runnymede. It can be quite a mouthful to pronounce especially when you’re not used to it, but I am quite sure that HTC would have something that is far easier on the tongue when they are about to release it. In fact, this could very well be one of the first few handsets that appear after HTC and Beats Audio came to an agreement.

Right off the bat, we know that the HTC Runnymede will feature Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread as its operating system version of choice, sporting a 4.7″ touchscreen display at 480 x 800 resolution, a single-core 1.5GHz MSM8255 processor, 768MB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, an 8-megapixel camera at the back that does 720p video recording when the situation calls for it and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls.

It will be svelte in nature to keep up with the times, measuring under 10mm, while sporting the newest HTC Sense 3.5 user interface skin, DLNA connectivity and a pair of bundled Beats headphones.

The HTC Runnymede is said to ship in time to meet the coming holiday expectations, but we have no idea just which carrier will be offering this smartphone. Seems that exciting times are ahead of those who want to pick up a new phone – you might want to save up for one right now.

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