The world’s first-ever quad-core Android phone is on the way from HTC, reports suggest.
According to an insider source cited by Pocket Now, the HTC Edge will be home to a mighty quad-core 1.5GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor that’s twice as powerful as the brawniest chipsets currently powering flagship Android kits.
It’ll also reportedly rock a voguish Samsung Galaxy Nexus-style, vast 4.7-inch display that almost nudges the Edge into tablet territory, an eight megapixel camera with LED flash and a secondary front-facing snapper for video calling.
As you might expect with an Android phone scheduled to drop early next year, HTC's challenger will almost certainly run the latest 4.0 version of Google’s software (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) out of the box, possibly with a fresh take on the HTC Sense custom user interface sitting on top.
HTC’s decision to load the Edge with next-level processing power comes amid criticism that it failed to keep pace with rival Android phone makers earlier this year when it persisted with single core chips for its 2011 flagship smartphones while the likes of Samsung and Sony Ericson doubled the core-count.
The HTC Desire's relative lack of power under the hood was also a key factor behind HTC’s problems updating its best-selling phone to the Gingerbread version of Android, causing howls of outrage from owners.
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