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Is the HTC Edge the World’s First NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-Core Phone? Are We Ready for it? [from AL]

Is the world really ready for a quad-core phone? Whether we are ready or not,the HTC Edge might be the first. The photo above has leaked along with a bunch of rumored specs that include it being powered by NVIDIA’s latest creation, the Tegra 3. It could also sport a 4.7″ screen, Beats audio technology, 1GB of RAM, 8MP camera, and HTC’s new Sense 4.0. No word yet on if it will be released with Ice Cream Sandwich, but you have to imagine that with those specs, that Android 4.0 will become a reality before too long. Rumored launch of late Q1 or early Q2 has been tossed out.  

So what do you guys think? Are we ready for quad-core processors in phones? Before you toss out the, “No, because it will only last for about 2 hours with that kind of power” comment, understand that NVIDIA is claiming that their Tegra 3 can improve battery life greatly over their own dual-core chipset thanks to a secret 5th core in their processor. I think the real question is, “Do we really need a quad-core processor in phones?” I’m sure that we asked similar questions back when Intel was pumping out a new chip every 2-3 months for computers, but is it even necessary in a phone?

As phone operating systems, apps, games, etc. become more robust on small screens, we are inevitably going to need more power. Do we need it today or in a month from now? That remains to be seen. What I will say, is there is no better time than now for companies like NVIDIA to start putting out the first batches, optimizing the hell out of them, and then getting us ready for the day when Android or iOS become so processor intensive, that we won’t be able to live without anything less than a 1.5GHz dual-core something or other.

Cross-posted from Android Life. (Via: PocketNow)

  • Interstellarmind

    THESE are the droids you were looking for!

    • Anonymous

      no one said its a droid, no one said it was even for verizon o.o

  • Alex King

    Rather than ask “Do we need it”, shouldn’t we be asking “What can we do with it?”

  • hatethanet

    So much better-looking than the Rezound. It’s not even close. Good job, HTC.

  • Anonymous

    Definitely, welcome.

    HD res screens demand more processing power, maybe we can start getting 60fps HD video recording, and some truly immersive 3D gaming.

    With that said, I am still going to grab the Galaxy Nexus, because I’m tired of waiting and, so isn’t my Droid X.

  • Anonymous

    NO

  • Anonymous

    Dude, I just filled the cup!

  • Kierra

    HTC? Bet the battery will still be 1620mAh

  • Russ Gore

    good god man…it never ends :b

  • Anonymous

    Test

    • FortitudineVincimus

      yeah, there is some bug in the comments. It shows 48 comments then when you get into the thread it shows 0 comments BUT if you select the Sort By option, they appear

      • Anonymous

        Is apparently fixed now. Disqus causing headaches again…

      • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

        Things may be fixed now, talking to Disqus.

        • Anonymous

          FYI: site search not working for me. Tried using “Contact” link and it wouldn’t accept the validation code or I would have notified you that way. I searched for “Droid 4″ and it returned nothing that was specific to Droid 4.. just a rehash of your home page.

          EDIT: was able to get validation code accepted. Operator error. D’oh!

  • Mannysaurus

    Instead of having a phone that can make calls 0.3ms faster I’d prefer a phone that will last for a full day of moderate usage that runs smoothly. With Ice Cream Sandwich having hardware acceleration, there really is no point for phones to go that extra mile. It’ll be noticed only by those with hardcore bias.

  • Anonymous

    im glad they just release this info. I now dont have to worry about the next phone decision between Verizons next three…. this will be my next device. Im very happy with my thunderbolt for the time being. i love the look of the razr, but not the software. the GNex looks nice, and the Rezound is just and updated verison of my thunderbolt. (and the name sucks, lol) But this phone is just what i want. Looks great, large screen, fast processor and HTC Sense. it also looks slimmed down. lets hope it goes to verizon and they jam their LTE radio in it….. lol

  • ice

    This is the phone i am waiting for. You can have the nexus prime and the rest  HTC makes the best phones period.If they but a very good battery with it,IT would take it way off the scale for comparsion with any other phone  for a while.Thank you HTC for making my day and showing the world  who has the best phones

  • Me

    Holy fock.!!!

  • Lmrojas

    My future phone must have a quad core. be bottonless. Have nfc. And at least have 4.5 ” screen.i can’t wait.

    • Guestuser

      we’re still waiting for the galaxy nexus, my friend…

  • cookies

    not ready for it. still has buttons.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LQNNJDZQIWIIHJWUIUV7R24XAM Aaron

    All I want is something that’s fast(doesn’t need to be melt your brain fast) and sips on battery.

  • Anonymous

    Has Buttons…Do Not Want

    • Guest

      yeah, seems silly to put buttons on a phone coming out long after the first ICS phone.  makes me think it’ll get ICS in the same wonderful timely fashion the Tbolt got gingerbread…

    • Anonymous

      I don’t get this. It’ll still run ICS just like the nexus but will have more usable screen without the software buttons. Seems to be an advantage to me.

  • Anonymous

    another thunderbolt look-a-like…ugh

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Robson/1317522018 Chris Robson

    I don’t see what it would hurt I think it would be a power house you would never have to worry if you the power to handle something and you can tell those with their icrap that you just got dual core look we we just quad core!

  • Tjcard03

    woo

  • Anonymous

    3 killer words on the back of the phone….”With HTC Sense.”……Nexus please!

    • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

      HTC’s phones have an unlockable bootloader, what are you so upset about?

      • Anonymous

        Lol…who said I was upset?  Just looking forward to a stock experience right out of the box. 

        • Steve Warren

          or how about a phone double the speed of the nexus and easily rooted to stock experience. and still be 2 times as fast?

          • Anonymous

            Double the speed? Lol…ok.  Manufacturers are just now beginning to make phones that optimize dual core processors.  It will be some time before the same can be said of quad-cores.  I’ll be just fine with the Nexus….have fun waiting for HTC’s release…we all know how smoothly those go…

          • Steve Warren

            I never said im waiting for the quad core HTC phone. lol. My single core phone works just as fine. I’m just saying that my single core phone with HTC sense 3.0 can easily be rooted with a stock rom. Many other phones with HTC sense and motoblur can also be rooted with a custom stock rom. So HTC Sense being on the phone means nothing. The only difference is that the nexus is dual core. it hasnt even been released yet and they are already talking about quad core. So how long do you think it will be before the Nexus is replaced with a faster and better phone? I’ll give it a few months. No more then a year though

          • Anonymous

            Oh, I’m sure the Nexus will be out-spec’ed by the year’s end…I mean, hell, the Rezound arguably outspecs it already.  I’m just saying I look forward to the Nexus experience – stock from the box, no BS with updates, no bloat, etc.

          • Steve Warren

            thats your choice. I personally would prefer a faster phone that can be rooted so u can delete all the bloat, install a custom stock rom and update it when u want. and with better specs and more features. 

          • http://twitter.com/Justinwrites Justin True Anderson

            and half the battery. i mean, it is mobile right?

          • Steve Warren

            how do you know what the battery is like on a quad core phone? you are probably thinking of dual core phones. Unless maybe you own a quad core phone when they werent even released yet. I’m sure by the time they double the speed they will also increase the battery. Lets be realistic. Even HTC won’t release a phone with a battery so bad that you only get 1 hour of nonstop use. that would mean people would buy the phone, fully charge it, set it up, and by the time they are done setting it up it would be dead again. people would b returning the phone after a few days.

  • JMac726

    What Nexus?

  • Steve Warren

    And here we go everyone. The beginning of the end for the HTC Rezound, Motorola Razr, and even the Galaxy Nexus.

    • Brice

      Yeah. Now that all the above are also obsolete I feel pretty good about my Bionic :-).

  • FortitudineVincimus

    f****** bring it on!

    That baby looks niiice IMHO. Quad-core means better power management. You KNOW it has ICS or will get it.. I might just have to wait now – maybe that Nexus lag is a blessing in disguise!

  • MOTOX

    Battery life on a quad core= 1 hour. “This is the fastest, most advanced smartphone we have made to date, however we require you buy the triple extended battery to get any use out of it”. lol

    Also qualcomm has major stock in HTC, so why the hell would htc use a nvidia quadcore when snapdragon s4 is coming?

    • FortitudineVincimus

      One of the BIG claimed benefits of quad core chip is BETTER battery live die to battery power management & efficiency by the chip.

      • Kierra

        Was the same thing said about dual core? And the same screens that are out now?

        • FortitudineVincimus

          uh, no. quad core is very specifically being touted for this ability. dual core was mostly about speed.

        • Anonymous

          Dual core processors do prolong battery life. The problem is that the phones that sport them also tend to have larger screens due to current design trends. Nobody every claimed that larger screens = better battery life.

        • LionStone

          The gains were not as significant going from 1 to 2 but they are from 2 to 4.

    • Anonymous

      lets just assume how terible the battery life will be on untested hardware….. REALLY?
      and i dont understand the whole 2X, 3X extended battery thing. Or the whole dim the screen down, kill thi app that app stuff. i like the look of my phones hardware and software.i would never do that to a phone. just ugly. i woud rather carry an extra battery with me and do a swap once aday.
      Just sayin…

    • Suspicious

      Don’t most if not all HTC phones have Qualcomm chips?

  • http://twitter.com/Justinwrites Justin True Anderson

    Gotta admire HTC’s willingness to put a lot of tech in a phone.  Too bad they can’t figure out how to optimize power consumption and not use Sense.

  • Anonymous

    The Nexus killer… lol

  • Anonymous

    I think the world is ready for quad core phones. Reason being? It can improve battery life and overall usage. Don’t think of it as a quad core, just think of it as a much more efficient way of processing our daily usage. Afterall, we do live in the high demand era of technology. Ya gots to remember that.

    I would rather have a device that can have improved battery life while outputting all that power. It’s impressive to see it have a more powerful CPU and GPU and have better battery life than the single cores with weak specs.

  • Maybe Next Year Hawkeyes

    Just when I thought I was buying the Galaxy Nexus…

  • http://twitter.com/CrzyFx Marvin

    why would it only have 1gb of ram???? Shoudn’t they boost that up. Next challenge is running a SSD on it, or turbo boost.

    • Maybe Next Year Hawkeyes

      Wait a year, we’ll probably have 8 core phones with 4GB ram, 128GB internal storage, 5in 1080p displays, and the same 1500mAh batteries.

      • Anonymous

        …  and people will still bitch that it costs $299

  • http://bit.ly/TylerHilliard Tyler Hilliard

    I want one in the Padfone; if battery drains, then tablet gives it more juice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739332592 Joe Bertolino

    If they can’t produce a phone with a screen no bigger than 3.7″ then I feel I’ll end up having to buy an iPhone that I don’t want

    • Maybe Next Year Hawkeyes

      To you have tiny hands?  I mean really tiny?  My daughter is only 12 and uses a Thunderbolt and doesn’t even complain that it is too big.  The bigger phones aren’t bad.  You get used to the size real fast.  It’s actually a much better experience.

      • Steve Warren

        thats what she said.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739332592 Joe Bertolino

        I don’t have tiny hands, I just have to carry the thing in my pocket all day and being as I wear clothes that fit me anything bigger then my Incredible is just too big. Unless they find a way to push the edges on a smaller device, I’m not a fan of phones with huge screens.

        How is something this big comfortable holding against your head? I feel like it’s almost a joke as to see how big they can make ‘em before people realize it’s just lunacy.

    • Anonymous

      your in the minority with that request…..

    • Anonymous

      If you want 3.7″, check out the Focus Flash. You’ll thank me.

  • Mr. English

    This phone a week thing is getting ridiculous. We can’t even absorb and enjoy a current release without a new one being promised before the article is read. Might as well give android devices to Columbia House and start a phone of the month club.

  • Anonymous

    I’m all for new technology, but Jesus what is the point of quad-core technology on a phone?

    • Steve Warren

      Whats the point of Dual Core on a phone when single core works just as fine? The answer is because its faster

      • Anonymous

        quadcore is unnecessary. its like having 16 cores on your desktop, 8 cores will do just fine, even quadcore. 

      • Anonymous

        This maybe the time Android needs to learn a lesson from Apple and work on software optimization than building quad core or octo-core processors. At this point, there isn’t a need…and even if the quad core is for gaming? Is it even still necessary on a phone? I got a PS3 at home with 1080P TV. 

        Dual core IMO still can be more than enough, given the proper power consumption coupled with software that can optimize it. It should be more than enough. 

    • Anonymous

      that is exaggerating.

      • Anonymous

        What is?

        • Anonymous

          The quad cores devices.

  • DR SAUCH

    THEY HAVEN’T EVEN RELEASED THE G-NEX AND I ALREADY HAVE BUYER’S REMORSE.  WHY DO I READ MOBILE BLOGS?

  • Maybe Next Year Hawkeyes

    Damn, just when I thought I wanted to by the Galaxy Nexus.

  • Anonymous

    Wny dont the comments work correctly?

  • http://twitter.com/IInsley Isaac Insley

    i want to do my foolding@home on my phone lol

  • Tyler

    Ill just wait for the nexus phone in 2 years from now with its 8 core processor. Getting the Galaxy Nexus, nuf said.

  • Anonymous

    I am a fan of more battery life if that turns out to be true. 

    What I’m not a fan of are those soft keys on the bottom and a bezel that looks a little wide.

  • DroidzFX

    Can we work on battery Technology please?

    So I can play Crysis on my phone for 1min great!

  • shdowman

    It could also sport a 4.7″ screen, Beats audio technology, 1GB of RAM, 8MP camera, and HTC’s new Sense 4.0, and over 2″ thick.

    I kid.

    You said it yourself, just like intel pumping out faster processors every 2-3 months.

    There is always something new right around the corner that makes current stuff look kind of silly.

    Aside from tablets though, I am not seeing the integration of Tegra chips in phones like I thought I might. Even the Bionic couldn’t figure it out. I think for tablets, this is certainly a bit of future proofing. For phones, It will be a little while before this is really necessary.

  • Anonymous

    Uh oh, the Galaxy Nexus and Motorola Razr haven’t even launched yet and we’re on to quad core talk.  

  • http://twitter.com/eatfat_getfit Eat Fat, Get Fit.

    oh, im ready.

  • Guestuser

    OOOOOOHHHHHH… time to wait for this instead of the Galaxy Nexus now…

  • Paul

    Hahaha. That thing is just ridiculous. I thought 4.3″ was bad. Plus it’ll have less than 1 hour battery life.

    • Lo

      Ya. Nvidia’s battery claims are just that, claims. Well more like lies really. I’ll also laugh at anyone using this as a phine.

      • Hmmmm

        It’s a little suspect that HTC is using a chipset not from Qualcomm.

    • Taiz

      what idiot would carry around that slab?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Robson/1317522018 Chris Robson

        If it had a motorola label on it me!

      • http://www.facebook.com/LuisElTiburon Luis Rojas

        Someone whos taller than average. Not everyone is a shrimp, like you

        • JoseS

          You must be 10 foot tall then. Otherwise. you WILL look like an idiot with this phone.

          • Anonymous

            So anyone with a Galaxy Nexus that’s not 9 1/2 feet tall is gonna look like an idiot then? Cause it’s .05 inches smaller…..

          • JoseS

            Did I say anything about the Nexus? That’s a slab too!

        • Anonymous

          “Hey guys, check out my new Galaxy Nexus!”
          “Yeah well, my phone has a quad-core Tegra 3!”

          Nerd Fight!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nick-Hartman/620822957 Nick Hartman

        Why does it make someone an idiot to want a larger display? 
        You have options for a reason. The more choices the better. If it’s not for you, don’t buy it.

        • Anonymous

          You have a great point. 4.0 are for girly men with small hands lol.

          • Anonymous

             BETA AS FFUUU

            (owner of a 4.0 incredible 2)

          • Anonymous

            After you f yourself lol

          • Izzo0825

            That’s what she said

          • Anonymous

            She said that you have a pony lol.

      • Anonymous

        What idiot would carry around a phone with a 4.65″ screen? Oh yeah it’s all good because it’s a Nexus.

        Your beloved “G-Nex” is now obsolete….and it’s not even out yet.

        • Taiz

          4.3 inch phones are too big too. Idiot.

          • Anonymous

            So then the Galaxy Nexus is too big. 

          • Taiz

            Yes, that is what I implied.

          • Manuel

            ya, the size of all the high end 4g phones is preventing me from upgrading my og droid. i can just barely deal with a 4.0 inch screened phone but all the 4.3 are just too big.

          • Anonymous

            See that’s my point. You have a whole slew of people that say “anything bigger than 4 inches is TOO BIG!” but noone cares that the “G-Nex” is 4.65……

            It’s a double standard.

            I personally find 4.3 to be a bit small. In fact I don’t want anything SMALLER than 4.3″.

          • Manuel

            those are two completely differrent groups you’re talking about. i also think the gnex is too big. plus i’m sure larger screens are a major factor in bad battety life.

          • Mar

            ya, i’m sure that the nexus fans and <=4" screen fans are different groups of people. i'm not getting the nexus because of its size too. like how hardware isn't everything, software isn't either.

            that screen is probably the biggest battery drain and battery capacity/efficiency isn't keeping up.

          • Anonymous

            4,3 is a perfect size for a device. You need to do some research.

          • Anonymous

            Except when you can have the same size phone with a 4.65, then 4.3 isn’t the perfect size=P 

            Sorry, a larger screen with the same size phone is always better.

          • Anonymous

            I know that lol

          • Anonymous

            It’s not the same size.

          • Izzo0825

            That’s what she said

          • Espinar Luis

            BURN!!! hahaha that wut she said lol good old jokes.

          • Anonymous

             I actually prefer the 4″ form factor myself, bigger than the tiny iphones, but not too big

          • Anonymous

            I could live with 4.0 myself. I prefer 4.3.

          • Jay

            Yup, these larger and larger screens are making battery life worse and worse.

          • http://twitter.com/eatfat_getfit Eat Fat, Get Fit.

            i found the thunderbolt and bionic adequate…i honestly would prefer larger.  (assuming battery life is improved)

            i find iphones too small.

        • http://www.facebook.com/borgey401 Andrew Borges

          LOL is that so? Funny thing is that the Nexus is better then any device you’re sporting. I wouldn’t call ICS “obsolete” just yet there chief, nice try though. Not to mention it’s not all about the hardware (even though it has the best hardware out of ANY Verizon phone), it’s about the pure Google experience. It’s about how we don’t have to find exploits to get our devices how WE want them and not how the OEM wants them to be. Until you realize that you’ll just be a noob. Thanks for the laugh troll

          • Anonymous

            Cool story bro.

            “noob”? I’m sorry I didn’t realize that this was Call of Duty. First off, I don’t care for the Nexus at all. So I don’t care how much better it is to what I’m “sporting”. Also “chief”, I didn’t call ICS obsolete(it’s Honeycomb for low res screens anyway), I called the Galaxy Nexus obsolete because it’s hardware is obsolete already. But yeah, because I don’t care about the Nexus I’m a “noob”. Grow up kid. 

      • Anonymous

        Ahem. I’ll be that idiot. Also it’ll be in my pocket and I’ll be the fool with the bluetooth connection to my 300C.

    • Anonymous

      Heh… 1 hour battery life? I suppose that’s what less techy peoples think. Everyone said the same thing about the Xoom, and the other dual cores. “It’ll kill battery fast” yada yada yada… NOT! The battery life is wonderful on dual cores phones and tablets. It’s the 3G/4G/Wifi connection that ends up draining battery life not the processor. The fact of the matter is: With 4 cores, and a hidden 5th core combined, you will have a device that manages memory and battery life extremely well. Low power consumption combined with excellent memory management and power equals a very well deserved device along with future devices to implement the quad cores.

      Think outside the “OMG it has 4 cores it will be a battery killer.. do not buy”. In reality the more cores equals the more workload it can handle without overworking itself, not more cores equals more battery drain. It’s like 4 brains combined into 1 vs. a single brain by itself. One brain can only handle so much information before it gets overworked. Meanwhile 4 brains can juggle around information between them and work in unison, thus making the workload lighter, faster, and more efficient.

      • Nick

        Those are tablets with larger batteries. The dual core phones haven’t had stellar battery life…

        • TaioC

          Plus manufacturers having been including larger batteries in their dual core phones to get okay battery life.

        • Tak43

          ya, my friend’s tmo dual core phone has worst battery life than his previous one.

        • Anonymous

          Ive had the Evo 4g ad i now have he Evo 3d and the 3d’s battery life is 3x better than the 4g and its dual core. my phone last like 12 hours on regular usage. so all his bashing of the cores makes u look dumb

      • MicroSemi

        You must not be a software or hardware engineer.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chad-Ramey/743058655 Chad Ramey

          Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor codenamed “Kal-El” contains a fifth core, to help devices using the chip save power. For instance, during low-power tasks like Web browsing or music playback, the Tegra 3 processor will power down its four cores and instead rely on its the fifth core…………its called research for a reason

          • Langley

            You seem to be able to read but not comprehend. Reading marketing isn’t research.

          • Anonymous

            Exactly!

        • Raven

          Actually, I am a Computer Systems Engineer, and I agree with most of what he said.  Some of the Dual Core procs ran both cores simultaneously, but the beauty of this new generation of Quad Cores is that it only uses as many cores as it needs when it needs them.  With a single core that pipeline has to do everything from running the basics of the phone system and UI to running all of the apps that you have running so everything takes longer and uses more power.  Now, add in a 2nd core, much less bottlenecking, things get done faster, but with both cores on it does use more power.  Now, bring in next-gen quad-core procs and things get done really fast, minimal bottlenecking, and then they power back down to a single core when done.  And, with the “secret ultra low power 5th core” for idling when in your pocket it should have way less battery drain due to the processor.

          Of course, the actual processor isn’t by far the biggest drain.  The screen back-light is always the worst, hence the rising popularity of pentile screens that sacrifice some quality for less battery drain.  Next is the new LTE radios, particularly the first generation ones that had horrible battery drain which is why a lot of the new dual-core phones that also had LTE had such terrible battery life.  Overall, I am looking forward to these new quad-cores not for enhanced speed, but for improved battery life.

          • Manuel

            more reason to make phones with smaller screens then!

          • Anonymous

             THE DROID NANO

            1.5 inches of droid power!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chad-Ramey/743058655 Chad Ramey

        Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor codenamed “Kal-El” contains a fifth core, to help devices using the chip save power. For instance, during low-power tasks like Web browsing or music playback, the Tegra 3 processor will power down its four cores and instead rely on its the fifth core…………its called research for a reason

      • Devilsephiroth

        I agree. I don’t see why so many here are afraidvof the future. You knew we were headed this direction.

    • Mack

      Holy screen size batman!!!

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Well the battery life will probably match up with the time HTC gives in supporting it after you buy it … 

    • Earleepa

      Can you really not read. Go back and reread the article before you post a stupid comment about battery life.

  • Anonymous

    Amazing

  • Foamposite0o1

    Saw this earlier on another site” and I was just ready to get the razr, too”’

  • Anonymous

    It’s inevitable, whether it’s necessary or not…as of right now, no it’s not. It will be for tablets sooner.

    And yes, I hope they include a retractable AC wire and plug, because you’ll need it.

  • Anonymous

    Amazing