If you were excited about the rumored HTC Edge, well there seems to be more reason you should rejoice as not only HTC is said to be launching a quad-core smartphone next year.
Well what do you expect? You wouldn’t seriously think that other big players such as Samsung, LG and Motorola would let themselves get behind with the latest, right? The big news, however, is that these three handset manufacturers may even beat HTC to market with their own Tegra 3-flavored superphones.
The new Tegra 3 processor was unveiled by Nvidia last week. It packs four cores making it officially a quad-core processor. However, it has what Nvidia says is a “companion core” so, at least in my books, it’s a penta-core chip.
Asus will get first dibs on the Tegra 3 in its upcoming Transformer Prime tablet. HTC is reportedly launching the quad-core Tegra 3-powered HTC Edge by late first quarter to early second quarter of next year. However, Samsung, LG and Motorola may beat that launch.
This is because DigiTimes has reported last Wednesday, after Pocketnow leaked news about the Edge Monday last week, that – and I quote – “Prior to HTC, players such as Samsung Electronics, LG and Motorola have already adopted the quad-core processor for smartphones, and Asustek will use the processor in its upcoming Transformer Prime tablet PC.”
If you’re unfamiliar with DigiTimes, well, you should be, as the publication consistently and frequently reveals news about the tech industry. It can do this because it’s in Taiwan and has cultivated a lot of sources with manufacturers and partners of tech companies the world over. That’s why it always quotes “industry sources”. And if DigiTimes says its information comes from a reliable source, the information is usually accurate.
Anyway, that “quad-core processor” DigiTimes is talking about is the already-famous Tegra 3. So if Samsung, LG and Motorola have adopted the Tegra 3 even earlier than HTC has, I don’t have a doubt that there’s already a prototype (or prototypes) in their labs or at least on their drawing boards in their labs powered by the Tegra 3.
Given that these companies work at breakneck speeds to produce smartphones (just look at how fast Samsung has been refreshing its line of Android phones lately), they may actually launch Tegra 3-powered superphones even before the expected launch of the HTC Edge by late first quarter, early second quarter of next year.
I already can’t wait for next year. How about you?