HTC said to focus on quad core devices in 2012

htc logo HTC said to focus on quad core devices in 2012

By now it's pretty obvious that 2012 will be the year of the quad core mobile devices, be it smartphones or tablets, although most appear to be running Android so far, but we'd expect a fair few tablets to be part of the Windows 8 crowd later next year. Rumours are now suggesting that HTC is going to stick quad core chips in all of its high-end devices with one of the first being its rumoured Quattro tablet.

By now it's pretty obvious that 2012 will be the year of the quad core mobile devices, be it smartphones or tablets, although most appear to be running Android so far, but we'd expect a fair few tablets to be part of the Windows 8 crowd later next year. Rumours are now suggesting that HTC is going to stick quad core chips in all of its high-end devices with one of the first being its rumoured Quattro tablet.

We're not quite sure how much of this is true, as Digitimes has at least some information that we know is wrong, as the “leaked” Zeta phone from HTC was simply a mock-up and not a device that will ever go into production and as such the specifications that went along with it are obviously not the real deal.

That said, the Quattro tablet or whatever its retail name will be should at least be arriving in Q1 next year unless HTC changes its mind. The tablet should be powered by Nvidia's Tegra 3 chip and this falls in line with what we've heard. It's also said to feature Beats audio, something that should become a standard feature on high-end devices from HTC, as well as support for HTC Scribe and HTC's cloud storage service powered by Dropbox.

The Edge should be HTC's first quad core smartphone, it too powered by Nvidia's Tegra 3 chip, although we're not sure if the specs are reliable again, as there are far too many rumours going around when it comes to this handset. We should hopefully see the actual device line-up from HTC and the Mobile World Congress in February which should help to clarify things.

HTC has been more or less forced to use Nvidia's chips in its first quad core devices as Qualcomm isn't ready to provide HTC with the amount of quad core processors that the company demands and judging by the Qualcomm roadmaps that we've posted about here before, its first quad core part with be an APQ rather than an MSM model which means it won't have integrated baseband support. This would be fine for a tablet, but not so much for a smartphone. Even so, going down the Nvidia route has the same limitations, so the only issue here is that Qualcomm isn't ready to supply large quantities of chips as yet. That said, the APQ8064 should be quite a powerful chip and we'd expect it to be used in many of the Windows 8 tablets, least not thanks to its support for both SATA and PCI Express.

Source: Digitimes

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