HTC is reportedly looking at MWC to unveil its quad-core 4G smartphones
Yes, we still have to get through the business surrounding CES, but apparently there are big plans in store with HTC – though, it seems they’re reserving it for MWC. According to JPMorgan Chase analyst Alvin Kwok, he mentions to investors in a note on Wednesday that HTC is planning to unveil numerous smartphones that are based on NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor at MWC. Meanwhile, Taiwan-based newspaper Commercial Times has quoted Kwok saying that some of these handsets will feature Qualcomm’s MSM 8906 LTE chipsets.
Now that we’re in 2012, this year is looking to be like the year of quad-core devices – and this report seemingly shows the projected path we’re all expecting. Already, we’ve heard about some sweet HTC smartphones on the horizon that include the Edge, Ville, and Radiant.
Interestingly, Kwok also believes that the vendor’s shipments will grow 15 percent in 2012 and 29 percent in 2013 – whereas other analyst believe that it’s going to be a slow year for HTC. Nevertheless, as long as they’re able to commit in pumping out quality devices, we’re sure they’ll continue to have success in the smartphone realm. So who’s looking forward to MWC already?
source: Commercial Times (translated) via BGR & DigiTimes
2. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
We need HTC phones with AMOLEDs to get rid of sunlight visibility and moderate viewing angles that S-LCDs have. An IPS display wouldn't be bad a choice too.
24. jacko (unregistered)
i use a matte screen protector there great
26. KParks23 (Posts: 443; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)
i disagree i hate amoled displays.. the s-lcd looks awesome to me and the ips looks great also
3. ngo2dd (Posts: 774; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
The sunlight visibility has more to do with the coasting of the screen then what type of screen or the brightness.
5. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3736; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
You & Muhannad are both right. The coating on the screen & the AMOLED screen has a lot to do with visibility in sunlight. The AMOLED screens always perform better than Super LCD’s in direct sunlight & in viewing angles, but the anti-glare coating on the screens also affect visibility in direct sun light.
I had the HTC Evo 3D & it’s Super LCD screen fared very well in direct sunlight, but the Samsung Galaxy Nexus I have now with its Super AMOLED screen performs even better in direct sun light compared to the HTC Evo 3D’s Super LCD screen. Also the viewing angles on the Super LCD can’t compare to the Super AMOLED screen. That is literally day & night.
15. taz89 (Posts: 2008; Member since: 03 May 2011)
also depends on how close the actual screen and glass are together...there less gap the better outside visibility as theres less space for sunlight reflection and also better viewing angles..amoled and ips screens have barely any gap the screen and glass.
4. Jyakotu (Posts: 814; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Quad-core.? Seriously.? Since when does a cell phone need quad-core.? And what good is a quad-core phone if it can't make calls.? After all, a cell phone is a still a phone at its core. That's something a lot of manufacturers are forgetting.
6. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Thats why they call it smart phones. It has apps but at the same time can make calls.
7. Jyakotu (Posts: 814; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Just because it can MAKE calls doesn't mean that call quality is up to par.
10. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Reception and signal strength are key factors too.
You can always buy a bluetooth ear piece if your really serious about calls.
11. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
I find it strange that with all the new technology coming around, your biggest complaint is that sound quality is "not up to par". Why don't you just go buy a GS170 and be happy? Clearly a smartphone is not for you.
20. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
quad cores are fine if they have great battery life. In time though I think quad core is where it should stay and they should instead focus on shrinking the processor (20nm) and better battery life.
31. sumdude (Posts: 50; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
I'd rather see them working on battery life now, than wait and see, later. There's alotta projections on quad core being a solution but dual core & battery improvement, aren't synonomous, they've almost proven negligible.
8. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)
Jjakotu, you are so right. HD voice calling is the future of cell phones; uncompressed audio should be one of the most important goals for these companies.
16. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
My Nexus sounds better than most land lines I use.
18. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 409; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)
Jyakotu, Although 4 people have thumbed you down!! I applaud you because you are right!!! Most of the people in these forums are chasing the future when in deed with the apps out today along with manufacturers just releasing phones with specs not even current with the apps of yesterday---- any decent phone can run on a single core with 1gb of RAM. But what does everybody want----LTE speeds, with quad cores, 2 gigs of ram, on a Super AMODED, 4,5 screen in which they want it to last a whole day......Believe me---we are not even at dual core phones yet with all of the failed released phones to date---Thunderbolt, Bionic, Razr and even the highly anticipated Nexus....So yes, HTC can talk quad core--but to me--they haven't even fixed the Thunderbolt to run on LTE with single core and 768 mb of RAM!!!!!!!
23. Stuntman (Posts: 707; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
What quad-core phone do you think cannot make calls? The presence of a quad-core does not imply that it can or cannot make calls.
With regard to modern smartphones, I find that I spend way more time on my phone doing things other than make phone calls. The quad-core is for all of those other things people do on smartphones.
If you do little else with your phone other than make phone calls, then you won't need a smartphone.
25. jacko (unregistered)
more power and ram the more apps running in the background
27. KParks23 (Posts: 443; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)
what makes u think it wont be able to make calls? and that the quality will be bad htc typically has great call quality
28. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
They are adding quad-cores because it's the easiest way to upgrade HW. Now they only need to convince us, that this is what we need.
9. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)
screw call quality. if i can hear thats all i care about.
time to stop calling them smartphones. they are just mini handheld computers that have an app to make phone calls as well.
12. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid (Posts: 120; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
A quad-core? Wow...!!
And here am I sitting on my chair with my single core 1GHz in my hands. 2012 is surely gonna be awesome.
13. dorfoz (Posts: 24; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Awesome! But if this mega awesome phone comes out with less than Li-Ion 3000mah. I'll be sorely disappointed. All that horsepower and not enough gas tank to last an entire day's work. What kinda apps does it run that really needs a quad core cpu other than to post e-peen benchmarks that doesn't really matter to an average everyday phone usage?
17. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)
Quad core?! HTC vivid has terrible battery life with just dual core, they need to think of BATTERY LIFE before they add LTE, quadcore, ect
19. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 409; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)
Jyakotu, Although 4 people have thumbed you down!! I applaud you because you are right!!! Most of the people in these forums are chasing the future when in deed with the apps out today along with manufacturers just releasing phones with specs not even current with the apps of yesterday---- any decent phone can run on a single core with 1gb of RAM. But what does everybody want----LTE speeds, with quad cores, 2 gigs of ram, on a Super AMOLED, 4,5 screen in which they want it to last a whole day......Believe me---we are not even at dual core phones yet with all of the failed released phones to date---Thunderbolt, Bionic, Razr and even the highly anticipated Nexus....So yes, HTC can talk quad core--but to me--they haven't even fixed the Thunderbolt to run on LTE with single core and 768 mb of RAM!!!!!!!
21. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Quad cores sound great, but how about unveiling the list of phones that will be updated to ICS? There are still a lot of handset that didn't even get Sense 3.5. What's gonna happen with the phones we already have HTC?
22. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6115; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
If this true Ill be able too upgrade when they launch the Tegra quad core phone. Im still enjoying my Nvidia Tegra dual core phone (Atrix). If they dont upgrade their screen Ill pass.
29. jinwons (Posts: 93; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)
Samsung Galaxy SIII will be more interesting at MWC than any of HTC phones. It will pack monster spec including quad core Exynos 4412, HD Super AMOLED+, LTE, etc.
30. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 409; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)
Its ridiculous reading everyones comment on how better a phone will be running on quad core processors...what size battery will the phone use to run this monster. Comparing call quality because of the amount of cores u have. This is why carriers and manufacturers do what they do because of the average cell phone user not knowing nada except wanting quad core.. lte.. 4.65 super amoled hd screens 32 gigs of storage just to play angry birds and look at facebook.
32. belovedson (Posts: 830; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
bring on the quad core bring up the advancements following quad core
33. iWallE (Posts: 48; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)
More power in phones is always awesome, but there are other issues that need the manufacturers' attention. I can't erase from my memory an article I read on this site several weeks ago about why the Android interface will never be as fluid and lag-free as that of iOS, despite Android phones having more power. It's a good example about software being just as important as raw power.
Phonemakers can focus on different software details which could potentially improve the user experience more than a faster processor. Because let's face it - even some single-core phones are still doing perfectly fine with all sorts of apps and types of usage. Dual core is probably justified as being more futureproof, but quad-core? I'm sorry, but that is shooting way off the target. Or rather it's like shooting at a mouse with a minigun. You will just end up carrying a lot of computing power in your pocket that you'll never need. Because, honestly, if you really need a quad core, then you need something rather different from a smartphone. The small screen and small battery life prevents phones from doubling as a mobile computer, even if you spec them like an Alienware notebook.
Still, it's always good to see progress, it's just that the progress needs to be focused and aimed at some goal, not just increasing numbers for the sake of numbers themselves.