MWC 2012 quad-core phones spec comparison

MWC 2012 quad-core phones spec comparison
Two years ago we only had single-core handsets, shows like MWC 2011 brought us the first dual-core devices last year, and in 2012 the key word is quad-core. And when we start counting cores, three devices qualify as the best and we are seeing them on the showroom floor at MWC 2012: the Huawei Ascend D quad (and its XL version with bigger battery), the HTC One X, and the LG Optimus 4X HD.

The three devices are different in many ways, though - the Huawei Ascend D quad is the first one to get officially unveiled at MWC. It has a bit smaller display than the rest, measuring 4.5 inches on the diagonal, and comes with Huawei’s home-grown K3V2 quad-core processor and Huawei has already shown us some impressive benchmarks where it beats the A5 chip on the iPhone 4S and the TI OMAP 4460 on the Galaxy Nexus.

The HTC One X and the LG Optimus 4X HD both feature 4.7” displays and sport a quad-core Tegra 3 chip, but the HTC flaunts its own Sense 4.0 overlay on top of ICS, while the Optimus 4X HD comes with LG’s custom skin.

Update: The quad-core razor-thin ZTE Era joins the race.

Is there one that can currently grab the hardware crown? Check out their spec sheets below and let us know which one is your favorite and why.



1. Tarzan

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Huawei Ascend D quad XL 2500 maH battery looks pretty impressive. I wonder if it really lasts that long.

30. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Until these beasts arrive, it's the Galaxy Note that will run the show.

2. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

quad-core is evolving congratulations your quad-core is almost mainstream

3. Guest_star

Posts: 231; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

One X is not IPS LCD it is just S-LCD 2 and huawei is IPS+ LCD

9. Guest_star

Posts: 231; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

I don't know why are you giving me thumbs down when this is a fact...LG uses AH-IPS LCD, htc uses S-LCD 2 and huawie uses IPS+...i don't know the diference between AH-IPS and IPS+ but i know the diference between S-LCD an IPS-LCD and so should you before you thumb me down

10. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

Asshats will thumbsdown anyone regardless.

32. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Probably iSheeeep.


Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

im guessing next year phones will have ahm... 8 cores? hahaha ywell you cant blame me for every year it doubles.. hahaha troll!! haha impressive specs from huwawei xL but i dont know im quite excited with LG's optimus 4x than in HTC's One x we'll see after the mwc

33. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Next year Octo Core. Next to next year probably hyperthreading.

5. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

i would go with the LG, the battery is somewhere in the middle, and the thinnest among others..they are trying to maintain both

6. viper_3005

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

damn. if this is sensational imagine how the samsung galaxy s3 and sony's equivalent phone will be!

28. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

Sony already announced their new lineup (dual core mostly)

7. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I'm going lg. The optimus UI looks much nicer than sense 4 IMO. A nice size batter, nice design. I'll take tegra 3 over huawei s chip too. I always prefer lgs displays. I hope it gets gorilla glass 2. That 4x will be my next phone if the dev community is strong.

31. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

My thoughts exactly. Somehow most of the readers here at PA hate LG.

34. Guest_star

Posts: 231; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

haters gona hate, LG's new UI is beautifull and the phone it self if preaty nice so it's LG for me too

35. Guest_star

Posts: 231; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

btw LG had a few problems namely they did not update softare fast enough but i think that they have learned their lesson and that they will update it faster from now on

8. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

LG? Never. I'm not a masochist.

11. slowmotion

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

I wonder if we will see Huawei on the shelves in the states. It seems to have the freedom of android and the well build chassie of an iphone.

12. osmaankhaan unregistered

correction Huawei Ascend D quad has 1.2 ghz clocked speed quad-core processor not 1.5ghz

13. Crave

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

These 3 phones (4 if you count the big battery version of Huawei) aren't very impressive. And by that I mean: they don't make me wish I wasn't on a contract so I could run and spend my money on them. The Huawei is rather handsome though, but from the looks of it, it lacks on screen buttons. (see enlarged picture in a dif article) The LG is ugly, as it has sharp squarish circles. HTC phones are usually aesthetically pleasing (see HTC Amaze), this one slightly more so; also, it looks like this "one" lacks on screen buttons as well. Specs wise, there is not a huge difference among them besides for the batter life. If I bought one, it would be the HUAWEI D. Slimmer than the HTC, smaller dimmensions as well, which would probably mean it feels better in the hand. 4.5 inches is plenty of screen.

19. eli577

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

Squarish CIRCLES?? mean edges?

37. Crave

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

Haha yeah, it's a typo.

22. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Clearly you use your phone for texting and facebook then if you don't consider a quad core phone a big change.

36. Crave

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

Clearly you don't understand what you read. Quad core is a nice change, but for quad core phones, none of these stand out. I can already tell they're not going to be a big deal in the quad core game. And stop making assumptions, I use my phone (Atrix 2) for extensive internet browsing, checking and writing emails, watching videos, hdtv mirroring, as well as texting and G+/ facebook. You're not cool.

14. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

while i like htc one x very staying away from it 'coz i've not the best experience w/ htc devices (htc hero and desire hd)...battery life's not the best and sense ui seems to slow-down android performance (laggy, stuttery, and quite frequent force-closes etc). honestly, i gave up on android after a number of devices incl. sony ericsson xperia arc in addition to those htc, but recently i pushed myself & picked up samsung sgs2, hands down its as stable and as smooth as ios...(i happen to have an iphone 4 and lumia800, so am speaking from experience)...and looks like am switching back fully to android ditching my iphone4 & lumia800 for sgs3...

15. ecloguey

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

I think LG is going to strike. Almost good.

16. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

where the heck is Samsung??? seems like they are missing this big party. whether this is a good thing or bad thing, only time would tell.

23. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

They are having their own event. *Good*

25. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

It seems like Ssmsung and Apple are doing the identical things. Design wise, Event holding, and everything else... But would like to see the rumor SGS III thought. The leak (true or not) looks pretty impressive :)

26. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Make no mistake, the SGS III will be the phone everyone expects it to be, Samsung will make sure of that. And it's not often I expect much from manufacturers over such a hyped product, but I am quite confident that Samsung will deliver on this, just like the S II

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