Mobile World Congress: quad-core four

Mobile World Congress: quad-core fourI can’t speak for the rest of Team Mobot, but personally I’ve gotten over the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S III won’t be at Mobile World Congress next week. Screw you, Samsung; we never really wanted to play with it anyway *sob*.

Come Monday, we’ll be ankle deep in quad-core alternatives to Samsung’s presumably imminent flagship. Taiwan’s HTC, South Korea’s LG, and the Chinese duo of ZTE and Huawei are all stepping up to the plate. Good on you, guys.

It’s funny to think that last year we were wetting ourselves at the prospect of more dual-core goodies (the LG Optimus 2X and Motorola Atrix had already been unveiled at CES the previous month). Now we’re well and truly entering the quad-core age. Good times!


We were just getting used to calling this bad boy the HTC Edge when the manufacturer’s stupid new naming convention thingy was leaked; all of HTC’s Mobile World Congress wares will be the HTC One Blah Blah Blah. To be fair, the name’s actually starting to grow on me a little.

Nothing’s official just yet, but the rumour mill has been spinning the same story for a good few months now. HTC One X specs are said to include a 4.7in display, an 8MP rear shooter, 1GB of RAM, HTC Sense 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and of course a Tegra 3 processor.

The HTC One X is tipped for an early unveiling on Sunday February 26, the day before Mobile World Congress officially opens its doors.

I’m thinking this might be my new phone. Owning an HTC Desire HD, I feel an odd sense of brand loyalty to the Taiwanese. Admittedly that’s completely idiotic, but I’m an idiot. So there.

LG Optimus 4X HD

Last year LG was proudly showing off the world’s first dual-core smartphone, the LG Optimus 2X, and this year it’s debuting one of the world's first quad-core smartphones. In fact, Lucky Goldstar couldn’t keep its trap shut till Mobile World Congress, and spilled official LG Optimus 4X HD-flavoured beans all over us earlier in the week.

This chap was originally thought to be called the LG Optimus 3X, but LG Optimus 4X HD makes much more sense, given that it’s of the quad-core variety.

LG Optimus 4X HD specs include a 4.7in display, the obligatory 8MP/1.3MP camera combo, 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage and Ice Cream Sandwich, and all under 9mm thick.

I’m not sure what it is about LG, but I can’t imagine ever buying one of their phones. Probably the crappy software. Unless something of theirs receives rave reviews, the natural choice – for me anyway – is Apple, Samsung or HTC. Or maybe a Nokia Windows Phone, hahaha! I crack me up.

ZTE something-or-other

Fresh off revealing three phones during the week (including the PF200 and N910), ZTE issued a press release promising a whopping eight – count ‘em – new smartphones at Mobile World Congress. Good lord.

We don’t have any specific specs just yet, but at least one of those eight will be quad-core, claiming the throne as ZTE’s new flagship. Sorry ZTE Mimosa X, dual-core just doesn’t cut the mustard these days.

Huawei D1 Q

“D1Q” seems to me like some bizarre abbreviated text speak for, uhm, Dick Whittington. Huawei also recently debuted the “P1S” at CES. Is some D1Qhed at Huawei taking the P1S?

Actually, the name (mostly) makes sense, in that D stands for Diamond, and Q is thought to represent quad-core. Maybe.

We don’t have anything concrete to go on at this early stage. Indeed, Q could simply stand for the Quickness of dual-core. Man, that’d suck.

However, Huawei promises that the D1 Q will have better specs than the aforementioned Huawei P1 S, which has a 4.3in display, an 8MP rear shooter, 1GB of RAM and a dual-core processor.

We’ll be sharing all the official juice direct from Mobile World Congress as it happens.

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matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 24, 2012 at 14:32

I'm really looking forward to seeing these quad-core beasts from the "second tier" companies. Hopefully ZTE or Huawei will become the new HTC and give the big boys a run for their money.

sopicliffe  Feb. 24, 2012 at 16:02

It's great how quickly the processors in smartphones are improving. I wouldn't be too surprised if we were all talking about hex-core processors this time next year! I've actually just written a blog post on the future of mobile technology if anyone wants to read. It's nothing too serious. Just a bit of fun.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 24, 2012 at 17:23

Feel free to leave a link to your blog post, it's fine :).

Also, I think we'll see Cortex A15 next year (dual-core Cortex A15 is faster than quad-core Coretx A9) as opposed to hex-core processors of any kind.

sopicliffe  Feb. 28, 2012 at 09:35


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