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HTC to Unveil Quad-core Phones at MWC in February, Rather than Next Week at CES?

So far, this year’s CES (which happens next week) doesn’t appear to have the same buzz that we experienced while heading into last year’s event. We went into the biggest electronics show in the land knowing that 4G LTE phones were going to be unveiled, that tablets would dominate the show, and that dual-core processors would enter the game in a big way. This year, it’s anyone’s guess for the most part. One thing we were sort of expecting though, was a set of NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core devices (potentially phones, but likely just more tablets) to make their debut.

While that may still happen, the latest rumor suggests that HTC will be holding out their quad-core stuff until February’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) event. It’s tough to tell if their reason for waiting is that their devices in particular are not ready for prime time or because the Tegra 3 still needs some work before it can go into phones. Either way, it’s disappointing news if it is true. We would have loved to see HTC and their new stance on bootloaders drop us a quad-core beast.

Via:  Commercial Times, BGR

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  • Anonymous

    Dual screen (slide out), mind boggling specs, awesome support = WIN

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I didnt blow my load on the Nexus like most as I wanted to wait and see what quad core phones WITH ICS and other better hardware specs would come in early 2012 and make the Nexus look absolute.

    • Stating El Obvious

      Absolute? Or Obsolete?

    • Anonymous

      that was such a convincing comment until you typed that last word  :p

      BTW – the GNex will still be kicking ass. But to each his own –  the GNex won’t be obsolete until perhaps the next Nexus is released.

  • Anonymous

    I still have this feeling that HTC is not going to use the Tegra 3 since all of their Android phones/tablets have exclusively used Qualcomm SoCs.  Color me surprised if HTC unveils a Tegra 3 based phone. 

    Quite possible that the quad-core phone uses Qualcomm’s APQ8064 with a separate radio.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1027037089 Micah Roy

    What’s it matter?  It’ll be like every other flagship phone and have horrible battery performance.

  • Chrisriner84

    Damn. I had to open my big mouth in the comments section earlier on about htc unlocking their bootloaders and how I can’t wait to see what they bring to ces, quad core wise.

  • http://twitter.com/grilmasterweber kweber

    dont forget about the beats technology !

    • Anonymous

      They already made an improvement to it, just go to the market & search for “PowerAMP”. Download it & tweak your sound as much as your heart/ears desire.

  • http://twitter.com/lennyd43 Why So Serious?

    HTC + quad core = crappy battery life

    • http://twitter.com/Nomad2311 Nicholas Weih

      HTC + Quad core + LTE = Horrible battery life lol

      • http://twitter.com/lennyd43 Why So Serious?

        HTC + quad core + LTE + 4″ screen or bigger = abysmal battery life lol

        • Stating El Obvious

          HTC + quad core + LTE + 4″ screen or bigger + android sheep = “My phone runs circles around the iPhone!!! I just have to be tethered to my charger all day!”

          • Anonymous

            I think your browser took you to the wrong site, shouldnt you be on BGR or MacLife??

          • Stating El Obvious

            Yes this makes sense.  My browser took me to the wrong site.  Are all android sheep this lame?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Timothy-Kimball/1738130239 Timothy Kimball

    Is HTC still gonna be banned in the US this April??

  • http://twitter.com/Pollita_Droid Erica M.

    As long HTC keeps putting Sense on their phones I don’t care what core they have I’m not interested. 

    • angermeans

      +1 I’m right there with ya and not just HTC, but Samsung, Motorola, and LG as well. They can take their better specs (that are not ever even used fully) and go elsewhere as for me I will be buying vanilla android phones from here out

  • Jack S.

     Hope one of them has a keyboard.

    • RobertVanWinkleJrSr

      Word

    • Jay

      psh – FlexT9 and say goodbye to keyboards forever.

      • http://Twitter.com/ContestsAccount bigrob60

        That’s what I use. Once I installed it on the OG Droid I never opened the keyboard again.

    • BatLife

      Hope one of them has a 4″ screen. That for sure will increase battery life.

      • Loki

        A qudcore ? so that means we’ll only get 30 minutes of use out of the battery? Battery technology needs to catch up before creating even more faster processors and tablets.

        • Absolutezerofresh

          i think it will increase the battery life not deplete it

  • http://twitter.com/mynameisseb Sebastian Atwater

    This really shouldn’t be much of a surprise. For the past couple of years, HTC has waited to announced their new phones until February.

    See the Incredible / Desire S launches last year, and then the Incredible and Desire launches the year prior.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BGFGW5UGESWEM7BSPZJ3LRJWTY JayDub

    Quad core Less core !!!! I think these phone manufacturers need to work on battery life on these Android phones instead of making them faster, I think they are plenty fast for now. They need longer battery life, I think that’s the ONLY advantage an iphone has over Android. Work on that guys.

    • Anonymous

      +1 to that.  Let’s get some good battery life!

    • angermeans

      I don’t think oems are doing anything to make phones “better” they are simply playing the spec game and one upping each other so they can self millions of phones but the skins the create are often rushed, very buggy, and worse never utilize the specs they put into them. All they care about is releasung a dozen phones all barely one upping the other andchargung premium for them

      • Stating El Obvious

        Very few android phones have sold millions.

      • Anonymous

        We have this problem as all these oems make all or most of their money (from Android phones) on the hardware and accessories.  Apple good with an annual release as their raking in the iTunes money from each phone.  If these oems had a cut of the market they would potentially be in less of a rush to push out hardware and instead focus on the user experience more.

  • Anonymous

    Meanwhile home on the range i am happy with having the BEST SMARTPHONE ON THE MARKET MY GALAXY NEXUS NOTHING RULES IT AT THIS TIME. It will be a while bedore quadcore will even matter htc better focus on updates to ics for current pgines on the market. Matter of fact android in general better get busy ob applications being optimized for ics. Its a long process

    • Jay

      IDK dude – HTC Rezound seems to be kicking quite a bit of ass.  To what it sounds like, more so than the GNex.

      • RobertVanWinkleJrSr

        My opinion: once Rezound, Razr and Bionic have ICS…GNex will fall the 4th place.

        • Bewara2009

          Yup, The Gay-Nexus only has ICS going for it, everything else its a fail..ans Outdated….

        • http://www.facebook.com/nadeemqasem Nadeem Qasem

          ur joking right?

        • Stating El Obvious

          Rezound is already on top of the Nexus now that it has an unlocked bootloader.  What exactly does the Nexus bring to the table now?

  • Anonymous

    I have figured out how I’m going to upgrade for now on. I won’t buy a quad core phone if I cant get one within the first 4-6 months of the first quad core phones released. I would hate to buy a dual core phone now (which I did buy a Galaxy Nexus and promptly returned it) knowing that there will be quad cores out within the next couple months. Buyers remorse doesn’t sting quite as much 6 months down the road as it does 1 month after the purchase. 

  • Anonymous

    Here come the delays.  You can plan on having this phone in your hand around this time next year.  

  • daesy12

    i have a question here, why android looks laggy or slower infront iOS i read about the hardware acceleration stuff but im not that clear the main reason of the problem,because many android phones  have way better and powerful hardware, im kinda lost at this point if someone could explain me thanks guys.

    • Anonymous

      It depends on the manufacturer’s implementation of Android.  The current common example, it seems to me anyways, is that a skin like Sense on the HTC phones significantly slows down the Android OS.  In addition, not all the Android phones out run on this powerful hardware.  A  slower entry-level phone that costs very little and is very underpowered will perform poorly compared to the current iPhone.  That’s my take on it.

      • Anonymous

        nobody cares about your take on it

        • Anonymous

          Way to beat the hell out of a dead horse.  We get it already.  You’re only purpose for participating in this site is to troll.  You’re intentions are obvious. 

    • Jsmuli2

      First off –  it’s based on which phones you are talking about.  Which version of iOS vs which phone can greatly skew your view of both.

      Second – are they literally next to each other or did you use one for a few weeks, then the other?

      Third – Android is very heavy on customization, both through apps/launchers and manufacturer skins.  some being faster/better than others.  For example, HTC Sense skin on the Droid Incredible (which is how it comes out of the box) seems to be faster than the NO SKIN on the Motorola Droid1, yet, on the Incredible, if you installed Go Launcher, then it feels like it’s flying.  And that’s just for phones than came out 1.5+ years ago.

      Fourth – Newer phones, for example, the HTC Rezound (which is what I just got) is crazy fast, fluid, and powerful.  The iPhone 4S is still quite smooth and fast, but IMO, the Rezound blows it out of the water.  

      Fifth – are you a troll?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Schmucker/1498547350 Chris Schmucker

    Less Cores, More Battery Technology

  • http://aesirgaming.com John Cantrell

    I’m on the DROID X this would one hell of an upgrade as an IT Pro

  • GNEX(MOTOX)

    Umm, kellex…highly doubt htc would go with the tegra 3 more than the s4 for qualcomm…they have the majority share and its what they always use… just saying, so tegra 3 doesn’t apply to htc. i would like htc to make the next nexus though… that would be nice.. and don’t feel like capitalization again..

  • http://twitter.com/shaneplawson Shane Lawson

    all i care about is 2nd generation lte chips going in phones everything else can stay the same :)

    • http://twitter.com/mynameisseb Sebastian Atwater

      You sound like a RIM executive waiting for the next-gen Blackberry.

  • tjmonkey15

    Personally, I’m more interested in more energy-efficient LTE radios than quad-core processors.

    • http://twitter.com/Lancer033 Keith Hollis

      just a thought, but it may be possible to have 2 different teams of people so 1 is working on processors and another is working on better radios.

      • Jay

        He’s just stating his interest, meaning, if the title of this leaked info was “more energy-efficient LTE radios from Qualcomm are being unveiled in MWC” then tjmonkey15 would care.

        IMO he’s got a point.  I got the HTC Rezound, and I love it, but the 4G radio battery drain is the biggest let down (imo).

  • Stating El Obvious

    First, LOL @ quad core phones.  Second, when will everyone here start proclaiming that these are the iPhone killer?

  • Christopher

    Lets hope a quad core phone will get rid of the inherent Android Lag.

    • Stating El Obvious

      The quad core Transformer prime has lag, so no it won’t help.

      • Christopher

        When the OS itself has a problem.. gigabytes or RAM or multi-cores don’t really help I guess.

        • RobertVanWinkleJrSr

          Yes you are right. But there are some Android phones that don’t lag at all. There are even single core ones that don’t lag. Inc2 is a nice single core phone that does not lag. Some do though I agree.

          • Jay

            The problem here is the word “lag.”

            Lag is different under different circumstances.  I’m sure the Inc2 is awesome, but if you were to be downloading two 5MB apps in the background, while your mail/news/weather/contacts/widgets are updating, and while trying to load a picture to facebook, I’m sure you’ll see “lag.”

            But again, that’s a lot of processing going on at one time, so IMO that’s not a bad thing, that’s just the nature of the technology.

          • RobertVanWinkleJrSr

            Yes this is where a dual or quad core would come in handy, but ram also is a larger player in multi-tasking.

          • Stating El Obvious

            Nah, the transformer prime lags just scrolling in the browser. I know, I know, we can tweak it to fix it *rollseyes*.  It’s a software issue.  You can up the hardware all you want, but if the software is not optimized you’re gonna lag.

    • Anonymous

      What’s the lag you’re getting?  My latest phone runs pretty smooth even when I compare it to my wife’s iPhone 4.  Or are you talking about audio lag?

  • Anonymous

    Is there really any reason for a quad core phone at this point? I think the focus should be on battery technology.

    • Nerdy Desi

      I couldn’t agree more!

    • KevinC

      quad cores help with battery, duh.

      • RobertVanWinkleJrSr

        Just like dual core helped battery?

        • KevinC

          it does help my phone, yes.

          galaxy nexus on 3g gets better battery life than my droid ever did.

        • FortitudineVincimus

          totally different. a dual core did not have the “companion chip” quad core does who has a specific task of helping battery life by handling lower processes.

          • Anonymous

            So are you saying you are satisfied with the current battery technology? I mean 10 hours is great if your always near a charger but come on. Things need to change. It might not be the most exciting breakthrough, but it is a necessary one. Our phones are like muscle cars at this point; Don’t gt me wrong I like muscle cars but…w/e you get my point. 

      • Diaz

        Nvidia’s and Qualcomm’s battery life claims have yet to be proven. Also, Android must be able to fully utilize the cores (plus companion core for Nvidia).   Google, Nvidia and Qualcomm will take a while before that happens. Of course, I’d rather get a quad core over a dual core if they’re available when I’m upgrade this year.

    • tjmonkey15

      Agree!!

    • RobertVanWinkleJrSr

      No. One doesn’t even need a quad core in their PC computer. But they look kind of cool though.

    • angermeans

      Not until.android is utilized for them and it isn’t in ics so I see no need

  • DJyoSNOW

    PhoneS!! I’ll buy one…lol by the time my contracts abalone and how I have not seen dual core…

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    A quad core phone running Sense is like a Ferrari fitted with a lawn mower engine.

    • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

      This analogy should be the other way around, the Ferrari engine would be the Tegra3, and the lawnmower would be sense:)

      • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

        No because the Ferrari engine (Tegra 3) would actually make the lawnmower (Sense) go fast, though it would be rather uncontrollable.  I’m saying even though you have a Ferrari (Quad Core), it’s gimped by the lawnmower engine (Sense).

    • Anonymous

      Well I’m back to my Rezound again after the Nexus. It runs wayyy better than the latter…

      • Anonymous

        Maybe you just don’t like stock Android, because I’ve found the exact opposite to be the case.

    • Christopher

      Sense implementation of Android is any day better than stock.

      • RobertVanWinkleJrSr

        Yes, this

      • Jay

        I’d agree, but Stock = No Bloatware, while Sense = ~11 pieces of bloatware, half of which are always running.

        As a Rezound owner, I’m just waiting for some solid CM7 or CM9 support (whichever comes first).

  • Anonymous

    Looks like CES might not be as eventful as we hoped. 

    • Anonymous

      u disappointed bro?

      • Anonymous

        Not as disappointed as your family is with your life.

        • Anonymous

          ooooh, that hurts

          • Christopher

            you hurt bro?

          • http://profiles.google.com/bellyhop Jorian W

            U Mad now bro?

          • RobertVanWinkleJrSr

            Nice moderating Droid Life. I applaud how you guys keep these forums civil

            /s/s/s/s/s/s/s

          • http://profiles.google.com/bellyhop Jorian W

            U Coming at Droid Life now Bro?

          • Anonymous

            u sarcastic bro?

        • Anonymous

          HA!!  Solid snap.  

          • Anonymous

            u laughing bro?

    • Anonymous

      CES is not just about phones.  In fact I’m perfectly happy with my Galaxy Nexus so I couldn’t care less about quad-core phones at this point in time.  Now quad-core tablets are a different story and I have a feeling we’ll see a lot in regards to those.  At least I’m hoping so…