Upcoming quad-core phones recap
Following in that trailblazing path, it jumped the gun way before MWC, and owned the first quad-core phone announcement with the LG Optimus 4X HD.
4X of course means the phone is powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3, but that's not its only virtue. Along with the HTC One X, it also has the largest HD display with regular RGB matrix of them all - the 4.7" True HD IPS screen with 1280x720 pixels.
A generous 2150mAh battery is also thrown in to juice that high-res display, which is more than can be said about the rest of the quad-core gang.
Huawei uses its own ARM-based chipsets, called K3V2, with four cores humming along at 1.2-1.5GHz, and a 4.5" HD LCD display with 720x1280 pixels of resolution, as well as "the industry's most powerful 32-bit true color graphic processor". Recent graphics test indeed placed the K3V2 GPU at about 50% better performance then the 12-core GPU in Tegra 3.
Not only that, but the Huawei Ascend D quad seems to be the most compact 4.5-incher with 8.9mm slimness, and Huawei has also addressed the complaints about its camera sensors, including an 8MP BSI one here, along with the 1.3MP front-facer.
The Huawei Ascend D quad XL, on the other hand, features slightly thicker body, but is housing a huge 2500mAh battery, which makes it the phone with the largest battery out of the quads.
The hardware features are top-notch, but HTC Sense 4.0 really takes things to the next level, receiving more polished, streamlined looks, and brimful of new features. Perhaps the biggest improvement is in the area HTC has been criticized most about - the camera module. The phone is incredibly fast from sleep to snap, and now allows you to shoot pictures while you are capturing 1080p video.
HTC's new proprietary ImageChip is behind all that jazz, and for the first time it shuns the embedded in the chipset image signal processor, and replaces it with its own. As a result, you can hold the shutter key and take a huge set of consecutive photos in no time, then keep only the best one.
The Era is a high-end Android 4.0 ICS smartphone powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip, featuring a powerful 1.3GHz quad-core processor. The phone's other features include 1GB of RAM, 4.3-inch qHD display and 8MP camera with 1080p video capture.
The handset is the slimmest quad out there, and features a metal chassis - these could very well make up for the qHD-only display, since the price is more than likely going to make you jump from joy.
How do 4.6" HD display, LTE connectivity and 13.1MP camera with high 25600 ISO sensitivity for better low-light snaps sound to you? Pretty good, right? Not to mention that it will be water- and dustproof like we are used to from Japanese handsets.
The Fujitsu Arrows quad-core phone will also offer DLNA and HDMI-out capabilities for your wireless and wired media streaming needs. The HDMI part is apparently done via an MHL port, so the phone can be running a game or pumping movies out to an HDTV. Adding to the excitement is the fact that Android 4.0 ICS will be on the Tegra 3 smartphone out of the box.
Samsung is expected to stray away from its trademark lighthearted and durable plastic builds for oxidized aluminum chassis making for a ceramic metal coating, possibly similar to the Micro Arc process used with the HTC One S, which makes the shell light, yet 3x stronger than stainless steel.
The HD Super AMOLED Plus technology is expected to be the screen of the screens, as it will be using a regular RGB matrix, and with a truly buttonless front the Samsung Galaxy S III should be leaving us with no distractions to truly appreciate the display.
What's equally important and the thing we are waiting most on, are the battery life optimizations Samsung is rumored to have done with the Galaxy S III. It already demonstrated for us at CES how modest the power draw of the 32nm Exynos 4412 is, compared to the current generation, and besides the frugal AMOLED technology and a beefier battery, the Galaxy S III is expected to set a standard also in efficient power consumption and wireless connectivity management.
It recently became clear that the Koreans will use their own system-on-a-chip with the LTE radio embedded in the Exynos chipset, so further improvements on the battery life front are definitely in the cards.