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HTC to increase NVIDIA's Tegra 3 orders, quad-core phones all but confirmed for MWC

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HTC to increase NVIDIA's Tegra 3 orders, quad-core phones all but confirmed for MWC
HTC vowed that it is diversifying its chip suppliers after the weak Q4 results, and will be using silicon other than Qualcomm's, in order to be on top of the newest trends, and speed up updates. This has reportedly led to increased orders for NVIDIA towards its Tegra 3 chip, which is expected to debut in the HTC Edge, aka Endeavor or Supreme.

It will be the first NVIDIA-laden phone from HTC, and will allow the manufacturer to be one of the first to market with a quad-core handset - something that would have been impossible if it stayed only with Qualcomm as a chipset supplier.

HTC to increase NVIDIA's Tegra 3 orders, quad-core phones all but confirmed for MWC
NVIDIA, in its turn, all but confirmed that we will be seeing a bunch of quad-core phones announced at the MWC expo in two weeks, by outing the invitation on the right. Since we already have the ASUS Transformer Prime tablet launched with quad-core Tegra 3, this "latest quad-core innovation" NVIDIA is talking about in the press conference invitation could only be Tegra 3's phone version.

But, hey, let's not overthink it - the guy on the rollercoaster ride is just holding a smartphone, not a tablet! Besides the HTC Edge, we are expecting the LG X3 fighter jet to flaunt a quad-core heart, made possible courtesy of Tegra 3.

source: Digitimes & CNET

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posted on 09 Feb 2012, 12:07 1

1. fanesxx (Posts: 62; Member since: 19 May 2011)


why do need have quad core when we need better batteries???

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 14:48

2. theBankRobber (Posts: 642; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


They need better cpus/gpus, my wife's Evo 3d is just weak and when playing certain games the graphics look like s**t, or the game lags. That's why I got the Photon, I play alot of games and want a device that doesn't need an excuse to why I have to wait to get games .

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 15:36

4. sprockkets (Posts: 947; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Tegra3 is pretty good, but it is not up to the gpu in the A5. Qualcomm's Krait is looking pretty good, but won't be out for awhile. I hope they still use them because they deliver better battery life due to their full integration of phone and CPU functions on one chip.

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 15:40

5. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


1) You do know that those 2 phones are practically the same thing in different shells right? Take away the "3D" and they're almost identical

2) I agree we need better CPU/GPU, but we also need to make higher resolution displays first (as always)

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 14:57

3. NeedsMoreRam (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


@fanesxx Just so you're aware, these quad-core phones are more power efficient than dual-core and way more efficient than single core phones.
From what I've read this may or may not actually be a Hex-core release in which you have 4 cores running at 1.3ghz or whatever speed it ends up being with the addition of the fifth core running at a much slower 500mhz. This slower core does not use nearly as much power and can easily hadle running the OS while it's idle and also capable at rendering basic web pages without the need for utilizing the other four cores. However your phone will be blazing fast when rendering games and or applications that tax the single proccessor enough to allow the Android OS to start using the other four cores.
If I wasn't so happy with my Samsung Galaxy Nexus at the moment I would be waiting in line for one of these right now. Though if these new 4/5 core phones hit the market with a newer version of Android 4.0 or higher I might be making the swap. :)

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