HTC has started work on what promises to be the world's first quad-core smartphone handset, based on nVidia hardware. According to Pocketnow, it's going to be known as the Edge.
According to early reports, HTC plans the Edge to be an impressively thin at just over 10mm, with a length of around 4.7in - suggesting it will also pack in a large screen.
In terms of internals, the handset will pack 1GB of RAM, an AP30 Tegra 3 CPU from nVidia which will have four cores running at 1.5GHZ - which of course will be good for multi-tasking, but could also potentially deliver better performance in multi-threaded applications. While there is no concrete information on the size of the phone's internal storage capacity, it's guessed at being somewhere around 30GB.
The device's camera is believed to be a 28mm-equivalent, f/2.2 lens able to output photos at 8 megapixels, and video at up to HD-Ready 720p (1280x720) resolution.
As Fudzilla points out, advances in high-end Android phones are coming fast. It's just over a year since the early adopters were enjoying 1GHz chips; now they're enjoying dual-core processors today - and next year there's potential for another doubling with this quad-core phone.
Expected for release sometime in Q1 or Q2 2012, as yet there's no word on pricing, and HTC is keeping tight-lipped about many of the specifics. The company has, however, hinted that the device will include a range of HTC content services, including the HTC Listen music store, HTC Read bookstore and HTC Play gaming hub.
While HTC's is the first news of a quad-core phone under development, expect other manufacturers to throw their hat into the ring soon.