A mysterious HTC handset has made an appearance today running Android 4.0.1 with HTC Sense 4.0. While we typically have handset names to associate with leaked images, there’s nothing really to go off of this time around. The front of the phone could easily be mistaken for a half dozen other HTC devices, but when you flip it over, the contoured plastic panel bears the signature design aesthetics of HTC’s Incredible line.

Phone Arena speculates that we could be looking at the DROID Incredible 3 or the mysterious HTC Fireball, but we have a feeling the phone will be the base design for the successor to last year’s HTC Incredible S which could morph into a variety of different phones for various carriers.

Moving on to the specs, the mystery device features a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor (most likely a Qualcomm S4), 1 GB of RAM, 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, front-facing VGA camera, LTE, an AMOLED display and Beats Audio. If the hardware configuration is correct, this device will be nearly identical the the upcoming HTC Ville which is expected to debut at Mobile World Congress. The only real difference is the handset’s 4 capacitive buttons compared to the Ville’s 3 button setup. Since this is still a prototype device, we expect subtle changes before the handset is officially unveiled to the world.

When it comes to a release date for this device, we don’t have concrete information. My guess is that HTC will unveil this new phone at CTIA in May which means it’ll be late Q2 before this device launches in Europe and the US.

What do you think of this mysterious HTC handset? I’m digging the handset’s styling even though I’m a huge fan of HTC’s uni-body aluminum designs.

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