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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 (opens in new tab), 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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.