Nov 09 AT 10:57 AM Nick Gray 20 Comments

HTC Edge could launch as early as April, may not be first Tegra 3 handset to market

HTC Edge Image via: PocketNow

New details about the HTC Edge have surfaced, indicating that HTC’s first quad-core powered phone may launch in April or May of 2012. The new release timeframe falls in line with HTC’s typical spring product cycle for handsets which make their debut at Mobile World Congress in February.

While we initially speculated that HTC may be the first out the door with a Tegra 3 powered phone, we could see competitors like Motorola, LG or even Samsung beat HTC to the punch since they each typically unveil at least one next-gen phone at CES, putting their handset launch cycles slightly ahead of HTC.

Even if the HTC Edge is not the first quad-core Tegra 3 phone to hit the market, there’s no denying that it will be a game changer for HTC. In the past HTC has partnered closely with Qualcomm, but the late launch of Qaulcomm’s dual-core S3 chip forced HTC to be one of the last Android manufacturers to release dual-core powered devices.  Recent numbers show that HTC performed very well over this year, but we expect HTC wants to stay in step with the competition next year in order to improve its market share even more.

Most of the HTC Edge’s rumored specs are still holding up, but some new details point out that the phone’s thickness could be reduced to 8.8mm and the 4.7-inch 720p S-LCD 2 display will be optically laminated, which bonds the panel to the fascia glass to improve visibility.

What’s your take on the rumored HTC Edge? Is HTC’s choice to equip the HTC Edge with a Tegra 3 chip the right move to keep up with the competition?

Source: Slash Gear

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://cineblur.com Brent Pierce

    I think it’ll be a game-changer. HTC’s good at that. They did it with the EVO 4G last year.

  • http://miosblog.de Mio

    I like the look of the hTC-devices. And the launch in April sounds really good, so I can send my hTC Desire back home and get a new awesome device. ;)
    Also I think that they will do a great job, when it comes to integrating HW with SW.

    hTC and Samsung are my both most sympathic vendors for amazing phones for 2011!

    Amazing!

  • KC M

    I still don’t understand why a phone with a 4.7″ screen and ICS needs capacitive buttons, shouldn’t those be on-screen?

    • Dags

      Maybe HTC thinks their customers prefer haptic feedback for the buttons? After all, they have it turned on by default in all their phones. Maybe they’re right?

  • WarDrake

    HTC is jsut good, not my manufacturer of choice, but their devices are still awesome products.
    but if they want a game changer, they’ll have to kick it out the door sooner than april…

  • aj

    Well HTC or not im just looking forward to the quad core phones that should get showcased at CES and the other one in march or april. And if HTC is not first then im curious who will beat them? Motorola maybe? they had the first dual core and first honeycomb device but just throwing that out there. not necessarily hoping moto is first just speculating

  • Dragonithe

    Just launch it with ICS and on screen buttons and I’m sold.
    This will be a perfect replacement for my Desire

  • Epic Nerd

    Hey i found a youtube video that tells you how to make your android battery last longer. If your battery doesn’t last that long then watch here at http://www.youtube.com/user/TechSavvyTeenz#p/a/u/0/k7B7Oo-aNcI.

  • jaydeeIL

    can’t for jan to see what’s going to happen next year.

  • Nathan

    I wouldn’t mind getting it but my faithfullness toward GN is wavering now =/

  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    As much as I love cutting Edge specs, I really hope that the battery life on this phone is a huge improvement over HTC’s current generation devices. Tegra 3′s 5th core should help keep battery consumption to a minimum when you’re not playing games or surfing the web. Lets hope that real-world use is just as good as NVIDIA claims it is.

  • quik

    I moved from iphone 1 to android htc.. and i must say i will never move back .. and htc is my company of choice for phones .. I tip my hat to samsung and moto ..but i have never had a problem with my evo4g ..and i was first day owner of evo 3D..I had to exchange the next day fro a display issue ..The phone has never missed a beat .. i use as a hot spot daily etc..the phone is fast ..fun ..looks crazy .. and reliable..HTC i cant wait for your next design of the future.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Being a past EVO 4G owner and current EVO 3D owner it is widely know that HTC will announce a new Evo line device at CTIA in New Orleans May 8th 2012. That device will not be announced on sprint until August 2012 or possibly September 2012. The EVO 3D was announced at CTIA this year and did not release till June 24th 2011 Evo line products usually appear 3months after CTIA. I am wondering knowing HTC like I do they won’t release ICS before this device gets out which means current HTC device holders won’t see ICS before April 2012. I wonder if that could be the case???

    • te504

      U rite I’m a big EVO fan & that’s wat I see them doing. If they do announce it back home in New Orleans Im goin I’ll luv 2 see da Edge as da next. EVO on sprint but want b till June like they did wit da Evo4g & Evo3d…

  • http://z Doc

    I dont think those pictures are real. I’ve seen a HTC phone called the Ville dated February 2012 and it does not have the buttons. We have to just wait and see what the real Edge looks like when it comes out..

  • pritams

    let’s see…

  • jaymzie

    with the high quality construction I’ve come to love from HTC and those specs whether or not it’s a game changer I’ll be getting one.
    I’m one to wait for a phone like this, my trusty HTC desire has kept the pace with the current batch of phones for nearly 2 years now, I like the idea that maybe this one could too.

  • nivekkev

    Hope this comes out for all carriers, I would love to have something along these lines…

  • Wilfried

    well HTC is good
    previous phone was the desire Z and now i am proud to own the htc evo 3D
    but a quad core phone?
    well dual core isnt out for long and they already want to create a quad core phone the battery will be out of energy in maybe 6 hours or something
    i will wait till the quad core phones are stable before i buy one :)

  1. Brent PierceGuest 4 years ago

    I think it’ll be a game-changer. HTC’s good at that. They did it with the EVO 4G last year.

  2. MioGuest 4 years ago

    I like the look of the hTC-devices. And the launch in April sounds really good, so I can send my hTC Desire back home and get a new awesome device. ;)
    Also I think that they will do a great job, when it comes to integrating HW with SW.

    hTC and Samsung are my both most sympathic vendors for amazing phones for 2011!

    Amazing!

  3. KC MGuest 4 years ago

    I still don’t understand why a phone with a 4.7″ screen and ICS needs capacitive buttons, shouldn’t those be on-screen?

    • DagsGuest 4 years ago

      Maybe HTC thinks their customers prefer haptic feedback for the buttons? After all, they have it turned on by default in all their phones. Maybe they’re right?

  4. HTC is jsut good, not my manufacturer of choice, but their devices are still awesome products.
    but if they want a game changer, they’ll have to kick it out the door sooner than april…

  5. Well HTC or not im just looking forward to the quad core phones that should get showcased at CES and the other one in march or april. And if HTC is not first then im curious who will beat them? Motorola maybe? they had the first dual core and first honeycomb device but just throwing that out there. not necessarily hoping moto is first just speculating

  6. DragonitheGuest 4 years ago

    Just launch it with ICS and on screen buttons and I’m sold.
    This will be a perfect replacement for my Desire

  7. Epic NerdGuest 4 years ago

    Hey i found a youtube video that tells you how to make your android battery last longer. If your battery doesn’t last that long then watch here at http://www.youtube.com/user/TechSavvyTeenz#p/a/u/0/k7B7Oo-aNcI.

  8. can’t for jan to see what’s going to happen next year.

  9. I wouldn’t mind getting it but my faithfullness toward GN is wavering now =/

  10. As much as I love cutting Edge specs, I really hope that the battery life on this phone is a huge improvement over HTC’s current generation devices. Tegra 3′s 5th core should help keep battery consumption to a minimum when you’re not playing games or surfing the web. Lets hope that real-world use is just as good as NVIDIA claims it is.

  11. quikGuest 4 years ago

    I moved from iphone 1 to android htc.. and i must say i will never move back .. and htc is my company of choice for phones .. I tip my hat to samsung and moto ..but i have never had a problem with my evo4g ..and i was first day owner of evo 3D..I had to exchange the next day fro a display issue ..The phone has never missed a beat .. i use as a hot spot daily etc..the phone is fast ..fun ..looks crazy .. and reliable..HTC i cant wait for your next design of the future.

  12. Being a past EVO 4G owner and current EVO 3D owner it is widely know that HTC will announce a new Evo line device at CTIA in New Orleans May 8th 2012. That device will not be announced on sprint until August 2012 or possibly September 2012. The EVO 3D was announced at CTIA this year and did not release till June 24th 2011 Evo line products usually appear 3months after CTIA. I am wondering knowing HTC like I do they won’t release ICS before this device gets out which means current HTC device holders won’t see ICS before April 2012. I wonder if that could be the case???

    • te504Guest 3 years ago

      U rite I’m a big EVO fan & that’s wat I see them doing. If they do announce it back home in New Orleans Im goin I’ll luv 2 see da Edge as da next. EVO on sprint but want b till June like they did wit da Evo4g & Evo3d…

  13. DocGuest 4 years ago

    I dont think those pictures are real. I’ve seen a HTC phone called the Ville dated February 2012 and it does not have the buttons. We have to just wait and see what the real Edge looks like when it comes out..

  14. let’s see…

  15. with the high quality construction I’ve come to love from HTC and those specs whether or not it’s a game changer I’ll be getting one.
    I’m one to wait for a phone like this, my trusty HTC desire has kept the pace with the current batch of phones for nearly 2 years now, I like the idea that maybe this one could too.

  16. Hope this comes out for all carriers, I would love to have something along these lines…

  17. WilfriedGuest 3 years ago

    well HTC is good
    previous phone was the desire Z and now i am proud to own the htc evo 3D
    but a quad core phone?
    well dual core isnt out for long and they already want to create a quad core phone the battery will be out of energy in maybe 6 hours or something
    i will wait till the quad core phones are stable before i buy one :)