Rumors are trickling out about the HTC Edge. And why is this relatively unknown device important? Why it’s because it will reportedly rock your world with quad-core goodness.
Yes, that’s right. A quad-core processor on a smartphone. I remember a time when “quad-core” used to be reserved only for big personal computers. Times have really changed.
Following Nvidia’s launch of its quad-core Tegra 3 mobile processor and the confirmation from both the chipmaker and Asus that the Transformer Prime will be the first-ever tablet to have this monster of a mobile system on a chip (SoC), Pocketnow is reporting that HTC is developing the HTC Edge which presumably is the first smartphone to feature the Tegra 3 and is possibly the first-ever quad-core smartphone to hit the market.
Actually, the Tegra 3 has 5 cores (penta-core?). I explained it on this article here so go on over to read about it. However, the short of it is that the Tegra 3 has 5 cores: 4 are the main cores and Nvidia calls the remaining core a “companion core”.
This “companion core” is used by the system when doing something less demanding, while the 4 main cores are brought to life when demanding tasks are started. This is why the Tegra 3 has a massive lead in terms of performance compared to the Tegra 2 while reportedly being over 60 percent less energy-hungry.
Well, this new SoC will be in the HTC Edge. All four 1.5GHz cores. Maybe that’s why it’s called the Edge, since it really is cutting-edge technology we’re talking about here.
Other details that Pocketnow reported were the following: 4.7-inch 720p screen, 1GB RAM, 8MP cam with a 28mm f/2.2 lens, 32GB internal storage, and 21Mbps HSPA+.
When will the Edge hit the shelves? There seems to be a consensus that it will either be launched late first quarter or early second quarter next year. So expect it to be available a month at most from that time frame.