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Sense 4.0 for Android ICS in the works, HTC quad-core devices with it to battle ones from Samsung and Asus

Sense 4.0 for Android ICS in the works, HTC quad-core devices with it to battle ones from Samsung and Asus
HTC, Samsung, Asus, Acer and Lenovo are all coming with quad-core devices, say "industry sources", so as much as 2011 was the year of the dual-cores, 2012 is to be the year of the quads... and calves, in the wrestling match for mobile domination.

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.

source: Digitimes

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33 Comments

android_hitman unregistered

i want quad core this year!

XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Who Doesn't? aw, I think I have an Idea to who isn't gonna need a quad core this year. Do you have an idea who?

robinrisk unregistered

ta-co!

XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Wish HTC could solve their problem with their battery life. . .

android_hitman unregistered

i wish that to

remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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?

remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 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.

remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you just might be. Custom ROM? Everyone I know with a TB gets like 4-6 hrs with regular use and LTE on.

KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

so is 3.5G what AT&T is going to call HSPA+ now that they have LTE? xD

robinrisk unregistered

Actually throughout the world, carriers call HSPA+ 3.5G or 3G+.

GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

not tmobile! they call it 4g

HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

i believe they will...but i miss the uniqueness of the kickstands

saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

2.5Ghz,....!

actura

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

damn my core 2 duo pc lose agaisn't that quad core ==' good going htc & samsung ^^

remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

your core2duo is still stronger. just because it has more cores doesnt automatically make it stronger.. lol.

roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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!

HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 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?

roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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?)

theindianguy

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 30, 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....

remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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. :)

robinrisk unregistered

Remix, care to elaborate? I know you know a lot about processors.

remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

theindianguy

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 30, 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 :)

KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

xD i do that sometimes too. it's nice not to have high expectations.

alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 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

hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Sony should join this battle

DigitalMD

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

Ho-hum..... waiting for the octa-cores later in 2012.

chris0314

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

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