Sense 4.0 for Android ICS in the works, HTC quad-core devices with it to battle ones from Samsung and Asus
Some of the stuff we've heard about HTC's quad-cores got reiterated, and with new juicy details, which only make common sense. All quads from the Taiwanese are said to feature Beats Audio, as any high-end from HTC will from now on, apparently. They are also to have HTC Sense 4.0 onboard, and we can't wait to see what magic the company has done with the most complex Android UI overlay, now that Ice Cream Sandwich is quite different from the previous stock Android interfaces.
As for the expected gear - the rumored HTC Quattro tablet is to arrive in March, have "3.5G" connectivity, and feature the Scribe technology for writing on the screen we've come to know from HTC's first tablet foray.
Two handsets we heard about before are supposedly in store as well - HTC Sense 4.0 on them includes HTC Watch, Read, Listen and Play multimedia services, as well as the Dropbox cloud storage one that offers 5GB for free for any HTC gear owner. The HTC Edge sounds like a quad-core version of the Sensation XL or the Titan, since it will feature a 4.7" screen and 8MP camera, but be powered by a Tegra 3 1.5GHz chip. This one is said to come with 32GB of storage.
The HTC Zeta seems to be hard-hitting also, with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 running at up to 2.5GHz, sporting a 4.5" display, likely of HD resolution, as on the Rezound, and an 8MP camera too.
There you have it, right when you were sold on the best dual-cores at the moment, it turns out that in a few more months the quads are coming, exacerbating the Indecision 2012 moment.
4. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 805; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
aw, I think I have an Idea to who isn't gonna need a quad core this year. Do you have an idea who?
8. robinrisk (unregistered)
2. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 805; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
Wish HTC could solve their problem with their battery life. . .
12. remixfa (Posts: 14223; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
their battery life was a combination of LCD displays, undersized batteries, and their reliance on the S3 dual core snapdragon. 3 punch battery killer. Hopefully with the next round they will put a little more emphasis on battery and change up the parts a bit.
14. roldefol (Posts: 3219; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I wonder how much of a wash the battery life will be though, jumping from 1.2-1.5 Ghz to 2.5 Ghz. Two steps forward, one step back?
27. remixfa (Posts: 14223; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
no, the new chips are waaaay more power efficient. The s4 is supposed to be 75% more efficient than the S3. shrinking the die and ADDING more cores helps quite a bit. 4 cores running at 25% power take less juice than 1 core running at 100% power.
16. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
I must be the only person in the world consistently getting an entire day out of my Thunderbolt...
For the record that's not sarcasm it's honest surprise.
28. remixfa (Posts: 14223; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
you just might be. Custom ROM? Everyone I know with a TB gets like 4-6 hrs with regular use and LTE on.
5. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5653; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
so is 3.5G what AT&T is going to call HSPA+ now that they have LTE? xD
9. robinrisk (unregistered)
Actually throughout the world, carriers call HSPA+ 3.5G or 3G+.
6. HTCOE (Posts: 559; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)
i believe they will...but i miss the uniqueness of the kickstands
10. actura (Posts: 8; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)
damn my core 2 duo pc lose agaisn't that quad core =='
good going htc & samsung ^^
13. remixfa (Posts: 14223; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
your core2duo is still stronger. just because it has more cores doesnt automatically make it stronger.. lol.
15. roldefol (Posts: 3219; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Next you're gonna tell me the 1.5 Ghz dual-core S3 is slower than my 1.4 Ghz Core 2 Duo. C'mon, numbers don't lie!
18. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
Pffft! You think thats slow, my previous 2004 laptop had a Single-core Celeron of 1.5GHz
How does Apple make prev-gen MacBook Airs look like they have something a lot better than an Intel core 2 Duo?
21. roldefol (Posts: 3219; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Actually I'm still happy with my Core 2 Duo. Your Celeron on the other hand sounds like the walking dead. (or is it the crawling dead?)
22. theindianguy (Posts: 90; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)
its isnt all about clock speed -.- if u compare a quad core arm and a dual core intel x86 cpu, intels cpu will win. why? cuz computer cpus are much much stronger than the arm based mobile ones....
29. remixfa (Posts: 14223; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
lol. your not serious right? :)
if numbers were the only story then the 1.5ghz snapdragon S3 would be stronger than the 1.2ghz Exynos. And we all know thats not true. :)
24. robinrisk (unregistered)
Remix, care to elaborate? I know you know a lot about processors.
30. remixfa (Posts: 14223; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
about which part? indian guy is right.
not all processors are the same. There is a reason we dont just take intel or AMD CPUs and shove them in a phone. they draw too much power. And you guys complain about power usage now!! lol.
The CPUs that we use in our phones are like baby brothers to computer CPUs. They are meant to be low heat and low power draw cpu's. They are also much smaller. All of that adds up to a much weaker CPU compared to a PC CPU.
you cant compare them by mhz..
thats like trying to say a honda fit running at 3000RPM must be stronger than a dodge viper running at 2000RPM. they both have engines and do the exact same thing (drive), but they are definitely not the same class or size engine.
Saying the CPU/GPU is "desk top class" makes for good headlines, but thats about it. If it needed to, it could definitely push most desktop programs (like Word or maybe even the original Half Life), but not nearly as well. You definitely wont be running Skyrim in high detail off of a Snapdragon S3/S4 set up any time soon. lol.
31. theindianguy (Posts: 90; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)
i knew remixfa would elaborate on my comment so i didn't bother explaining the WHOLE thing :)
P.S. remixfa i love the mobile cpu tech and i also learned ALOT from u :)
32. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5653; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
xD i do that sometimes too. it's nice not to have high expectations.
17. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)
also that smartphone does not have a desktop grade cpu there is a difference not to mention i would bet that your pc has at least 2gb ram if not more
19. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)
Ho-hum..... waiting for the octa-cores later in 2012.
23. chris0314 (Posts: 4; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)
ok i see just like any rumor and he says she says. no one for sure when these are coming out. if you take into account all the dual core phones that were promised in the beginning of 2011. then you have to wait until the end of 2012 to appreciate the dual core phones. you see what happens when they rush a product to the market. it sucks. we have seen to much of this in 2011. when i actually see a release date and reviews of the products(which everyone should do before buying). then lets hope 2011 is not repeated.
26. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)
its highly doubtfull that anybody will be able to match sammy anytime soon
33. Rcoff001 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Well I passmarked both my phone and home pc's. They both get pretty close scores eventhough I have quad core computers 2.5 ghz and a dual core phone 1 ghz. That being said no it doesn't play a flash game off internet fast like my home PC but it does not have 4 gigs of memory in it either for RAM. Performance wise web loading docs etcs is about the same. Why? It's not all about CPU's. The graphic chips are part of it but the big deal is that the 16 gigs onboard memory for storage is solid state. You can buy a solid state drive but it is still way expensive. Remember a simple fact about computer performance it is only as fast as your slowest part. Home computer way out burn the hard drive that is the reason for hybrid drives with 8 or 16 gigs of solid state so your OS can load twice as fast. Then you have android which is a lunix based OS which is way faster than windows. The coding would have to be different for Skyrim but a quad core with 2 or 4 gigs of RAm I beat would run on the new phones. Graphics take lots of memory in RAm which the phones are not up to home PC yet.