iPhone 4S Rival Alert : HTC To Launch Quad Core Handset Called Edge

Taiwanese handset maker HTC is set to release the world's first quad core handset, according to Pocketnow, a device that will be apparently called the Edge, with a picture to boot.

The device is likely to be the heir to the HTC Rezound or Vigor and gives rise to a very interesting question. There's only one provider of quad core chipsets on the market which is Nvidia, whose Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset powers the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime.

So who will supply the chip for the Edge? Qualcomm had promised a 2.5GHz Quad Core Snapdragon S4 chipset for 2012.

It is unlikely that the chip will be clocked that high, half that speed would be plenty. Pocketnow though, says that it is the Tegra 3, which would make it the first HTC smartphone for a few years to come with a non-Qualcomm core.

Other expected features include a 4.7-inch 1280x720 pixel screen, 1GB RAM, an eight megapixel camera with 28mm f/2.2 lens, 32GB onboard storage, Bluetooth 4.0 and Beats Audio technology.

Pocketnow also reckons that the edge will see the start of improved HTC content services such as HTC's Listen music store, Read bookstore, Watch movie portal and Play gaming hub as well as the all new Sense 4.0 user interface.

The big question that remains is whether it will be powered by Ice Cream Sandwich at the outset.