It was back in February when NVIDIA first talked about their Tegra 3 superchip, codenamed Kal-El, boasting that performance figures were double those of their Tegra 2 processor; but we would have to wait until May before seeing what this really meant. What we got was a demo video featuring some astounding lighting effects, followed by the sound of jaws hitting the floor.
But when would we see an actual device containing the Tegra 3? Well, the time has come, as we’ve been introduced to the HTC Edge. Right now it’s just a rumoured device, but if it turns out to all be true, at its heart will be the 1.5 GHz Tegra 3 quad-core processor – that’s double what we’re currently seeing in top-end smartphones.
The Edge will also boast a 4.7-inchscreen with a 720p resolution, plus 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, an 8 megapixel camera, Beats by Dr. Dre audio and Bluetooth 4.0. It’ll run Google Android as its OS, but there’s no word as to which version. No mention has been made of LTE connectivity, which is a positive thing for us in the UK, as it means there’s a good chance it’ll be released over here!
Gadget site Pocketnow has also got a picture to go along with the specs, and it’s another traditional candybar Android phone; but as the Edge will be all about the massive processing power at work inside, few will care about its slightly lacklustre design.
NVIDIA originally said they hoped to have the quad-core Tegra 3 installed in smartphones by Christmas this year, and the Edge’s projected Q1/Q2 2012 release window doesn’t put it too far behind that estimate. Such timing makes it possible we’ll see it at Mobile World Congress in February 2012 too. Excited? Oh yes!