Remember those rumors that Qualcomm was losing their grip on HTC and we might see future phones with NVIDIA processors? According to the latest leak from Evan Blass of PocketNow, HTC is working on a new handset called the Edge, which could be the world’s first Android phone to feature the quad-core Tegra 3 processor.
Rumored specs of the HTC Edge include:
- Quad-core 1.5 GHz Tegra 3 processor
- Android 4.0 with Sense UI 4.0
- 4.7-inch display with 720p resolution
- 1 GB RAM
- Backlit 8 MP camera with 28-millimeter, f/2.2 lens
- Beats Audio
- 32 GB internal storage
- HSPA+ 21 Mbps
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Slightly over 10 mm thick
When it comes to software, expect the Edge to launch with Android 4.0 and Sense UI 4.0. The device is also likely to see HTC’s latest content services, including HTC Watch movies, HTC Listen music store, HTC Read bookstore and HTC Play gaming hub.
PocketNow’s sources claim the HTC Edge will be available late Q1 or early Q2, which is close to the Q1 time frame NVIDIA gave us for Tegra 3 smartphones. Hopefully this means we’ll see the device launch at CES in January or Mobile World Congress in February.
We originally thought the ASUS Padfone might be the first smartphone to feature the Tegra 3 processor, but our latest info says it will feature a Snapdragon S4 device instead. Both the ASUS Padfone and HTC Edge could be available in the US around the same time, so it will be interesting to see how the two next-generation processors stack up.
Unless you were already planning to buy the Galaxy Nexus later this month, it now looks like the HTC Edge will be the next must-have Android phone.