A couple of days ago we first showed you the HTC Edge, the Taiwanese company’s upcoming flagship smartphone judging by the looks of its specsheet. There was some speculation that the Edge would be the first quad-core phone on the market (truthfully speaking, penta-core though – see below), but today we received some more information via DigiTimes and we’re not so sure anymore.
According to ‘industry sources’, the Edge will be out in March or April, which fits nicely with an unveil at either CES in January or Mobile World Congress in February. The superphone will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich indeed, as we expected but didn’t know for sure when the previous leak occurred.
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However, it looks like Samsung, Motorola, and LG may come out with quad-core smartphones before HTC. That would certainly make for a very interesting beginning of the year 2012 (since we’re pretty certain there aren’t many surprises left for this holiday shopping season).
Of course what remains to be seen is whether a quad-core processor in a phone makes any sense. Nvidia, the maker of the Tegra 3 chip that will power the HTC Edge, seems to think that it does, and it even said it expects the quad-core CPU to have better battery life than dual-core offerings – thanks in no small part to the fifth core, which functions independently of the main four and is only used for low-performance scenarios such as syncing while idle or listening to music.
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