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HTC Quad Core Phone Coming Soon

Eric McBride
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It's no secret that over the past week I have been really, REALLY hard on HTC. But my actions are justified, as they are simply pushing out way too many phones with the same specs and the same basic design. I'm really hoping that my favorite Android handset maker can get back on track, and with the release of their first quad core device, it's certainly a step in the right direction.

Winston Yung, the CFO at HTC recently stated that HTC would be looking at different component suppliers very soon, and it appears that could be happening VERY soon. Sources have reported that the HTC Endeavor (some still say it's called Edge) will be announced at MWC, and will be sporting a Tegra 3 1.5ghz quad core processor, 4.7 inch screen, 8mp camera, 1GB of RAM, and the newest version of Sense and Beats Audio.

It's a bit strange to see HTC hopping over to the Tegra train, as they have normally always chose Qualacomm processors in the past. I won't comment too much on the alleged photo of the device, as again, it looks WAY too much like WAY too many other HTC phones, but the quad core processor is at least enough to make me personally look forward to the device. It's a bit dissappointing that they still decided to keep the 1GB of RAM and 8MP camera, as many devices are rumored to be released this year with 2GB RAM and 16MP cameras. Hopefully, HTC will jump on board that train too, and deliver a phone with COMPLETELY updated specs in the very near future. I personally think that they won't have a choice but to do so, especially if they want to compete with Samsung in 2012. It's good to finally see a much more powerful device processor wise though, as this could be the first step at getting HTC on the road to recovery and back in the game. 

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  • PatPion Feb 13, 2012 Link

    Following last week's articles, definitely a step in the right direction. :-)

    However, if they don't start getting good sales soon, they will never again be able to push their own boundaries and will always opt to play it safe!

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  • Eric McBride Feb 13, 2012 Link

    Thats exactly it! They need to do it FAST. They dont have another year to get a "WOW" device out to consumers.

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  • PatPion Feb 13, 2012 Link

    I completely agree, definitely not a year. I would give them until Q3, if not by then, I will have to give up on HTC. :-)

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  • Eric McBride Feb 13, 2012 Link

    Me too man. I mean common..with the Galaxy S3 and possibly a new Motorola Nexus device coming, HTC really needs to bring it HARD if they want to compete with these devices. Have you seen the rumored specs on the Galaxy S3? INSANE! I really hope they are true :)

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  • PatPion Feb 13, 2012 Link

    I know! I'm so excited about that! Unfortunately, because I live in South Africa, we will probably only get it Q1 2013! I am still waiting to get my hands on the Galaxy Nexus!!! :-(

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  • Eric McBride Feb 13, 2012 Link

    WOW. Whats best selling phone in South Africa? Galaxy S2 maybe?

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  • PatPion Feb 13, 2012 Link

    Haha, ummm no. South Africa is still pretty much stuck in the Stone Age! Our best selling smartphone (and I use the term loosely), is Blackberry. But overall, Nokia is still our best selling phone. We are, after all, a third world country.

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  • Eric McBride Feb 13, 2012 Link

    Makes sense. I thought maybe one of the Galaxy models might have penetrated that market. My girlfriend has a blackberry, and I hate it. I would however like it if it was running Android!!! :)

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  • PatPion Feb 13, 2012 Link

    Actually, I was mistaken. I just read that in Q4 Android shipments surpassed Nokia in SA.

    My girlfriend has an iPhone and iPad2, and I have a Galaxy Tab and holding out for the Galaxy Nexus. We have a proper duel going! :-)

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  • Eric McBride Feb 13, 2012 Link

    HAHA! Nice! Its always the same battle with me and mine as well. Its just a matter of time before I FINALLY get her on on Android device. I just need a sexy android phone with a slide out keyboard to get her. Problem is, the phones with the slideout keyboards are always so thick. I thnk thats whats stopping her the most.

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  • PatPion Feb 13, 2012 Link

    Luckily I got her off Symbian VERY quickly. :-) I wonder why so many women struggle on a qwerty touch screen keyboard. For some reason so many of them need actual buttons!

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  • Eric McBride Feb 13, 2012 Link

    I KNOW! I think its cause mine is using her blackberry so long that she just refuses to believe she can get used to a touch screen. I can type just as fast as her on my Sensation. Its so silly..she loves everything about my phone ACCEPT that it has no keyboard. LOL

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  • PatPion Feb 13, 2012 Link

    Maybe it's easier to press the buttons with nails? :-)

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  • Eric McBride Feb 13, 2012 Link

    LOL!

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    Christopher Silva Feb 13, 2012 Link

    i agree, i gave my wife the LG GX2 and she missed her blackberry keyboard for weeks. weird

    now she loves the thing

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  • Eric McBride Feb 13, 2012 Link

    LOL! Once they get past the first week or so, their hooked :)

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  • PatPion Feb 13, 2012 Link

    You just havr to make them realize how bad that OS is! :-)

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  • Eric McBride Feb 13, 2012 Link

    LOL! Thats the thing! She HATES the OS!! :) Its just that damn keyboard that she likes so much!

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  • PatPion Feb 13, 2012 Link

    Haha, that's quite funny!

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  • Brennan Yamamoto Feb 14, 2012 Link

    You'd probably be surprised to learn just how quickly HTC needs to rush if they want to get a phone like this to market anytime before Q3. Nvidia is the only company with a quad core offering on the market, and will likely will be for some time. In a nutshell, Nvidia raised their production costs, and cutback on some of their promises in order to get their tegra 3 out to market before everyone else, but they have still come with some huge delays (look at the transformer prime), even if they wont admit it. On top of that, the tegra 3 has been on market for almost 4 months now, yet it still only exists on one device...which is quite unsurprising to me.
    If HTC wants to make a "spec" handset like this, unfortunately, they're stuck with the tegra 3, which will remain in it's backordered state for at least another two months. And if they want to bump up the GHz to 1.5, that's going to take even longer (for an A9 architechture in that configuration, in a phone sink, you're really pushing the laws of physics). People have been saying that 2012 is the year of the quad core, but I'm not seeing it take of in handsets at LEAST until early Q4. The public interest is there, but technology simply isnt.

    Ofc, if HTC does manage tho cram all of this into a phone before that time, it'll likely be their best selling phone of the year.

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  • Eric McBride Feb 14, 2012 Link

    @Brennan - Informative post! I didnt know all that. Lets hope that HTC can somehow pull it off! Like you said, if they can, it will probably be one of the years best devices!

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  • chinu Feb 15, 2012 Link

    nice 1 brennan. very informative

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  • Eric McBride Feb 15, 2012 Link

    Indeed :)

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