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MWC 2012 : What To Expect From HTC

In the first of a daily set of ITProPortal features, leading up to the start of MWC 2012, we are publishing what is likely to be announced at the mobile phone event in Barcelona, next week - starting with HTC.

Rumours around a new quad core mobile phone from the High Tech Computer Corporation kicked off the year, with Digitimes running an article that cited a JP Morgan Chase analyst - who claimed the company plans to launch new high-end smartphones, powered by the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core processor.

Since then, more and more information has trickled out surrounding these yet to be released and confirmed devices, with code names such as the HTC Ville.

Later in January, news reached us from Geeky Gadgets that the HTC Ville will arrive on the T-Mobile network, in the USA. The phone was then rumoured to contain a sub-eight mm thick body, a 4.3-inch qHD display and powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon series 4 processor.

A few days later, HTC sent out invites to the press, for an event at Mobile World Congress on the 26th of February. GSM Arena was noted to believe that the HTC Edge might be announced at that press conference; which is a mobile that could both house a 720p screen, whilst being powered by a 1.5GHz quad core Tegra 3 chipset from NVIDIA.

Towards the end of the month, reported that the codenamed HTC Primo will also be announced at MWC 2012. This handset is set to be a 9mm thick, with a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with Beats Audio built-in.

February saw the rumours and speculation heat-up even more, with a video appearing on-line from HTC-Hub of the HTC Ville and also in pictures too - from the Japanese website Ameblo.

Early last week, another name for a handset appeared - the HTC Endeavour, formally known as the HTC Edge. A ROM of this phone was leaked, with Geek Sailor stating the mobile will run with the HTC Sense 4.0 UI and powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset.

This device could have a 1.3MP front-facing camera for video calls, 8MP primary camera, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, a 4.7-inch 720p display and 1GB RAM.

Pocket-Lint reported last week that Sony will be rewarding HTC with the PlayStation certification, enabling HTC's Android powered smartphone and tablet PC users to play classic PS titles on their devices. This new could also been officially announced at MWC.

The same website reported, at the end of the week, the possible retail product names to all of these codenamed HTC handsets - the One V, One XL, One X and One S. The One X and One S, are reportedly the names of the Endeavour/Edge and HTC Ville, with the One V possibly being the HTC Pinto.

Tune in next week to ITProPortal to see if these rumours and speculations have come true, from what HTC unveils at Mobile World Congress.

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.