Next year's Mobile World Congress has been long rumored to be the place where the first smartphones to pack quad-core application processors would debut, and it seems that things have been confirmed on the matter once again.
Nothing is officially announced on this for the time being, but next year Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC Corporation
is expected to bring to shelves its first device packing an application processor with four cores.
To be more precise, the vendor is expected to launch an Android-based smartphone powered by Nvidia's new Tegra 3 quad-core chip in February next year, at least this is what DigiTimes
notes in a recent article, citing Chinese-language paper Commercial Times.
However, this is not all, as the company is also gearing up for the release of a tablet PC running under Google's mobile operating system
and featuring the new chip inside.
Apparently HTC also aims at making the tablet PC available for purchase soon after unveiling it at MWC in Barcelona. It should hit shelves before the end of the second quarter of the next year.
As for the said quad-core smartphone, no specific info on when it might be released emerged for the time being.
Even so, rumor has it that this would be only one of the new mobile phones that HTC plans on bringing to the spotlight at the said event, though no details on the other devices have emerged until now.
When unveiling the Tegra 3 application processor to the world, Nvidia promised smartphones powered by it for this year, though things have been postponed a bit.
But, with the first tablet PC to pack a quad-core CPU already official, smartphones featuring the chip should not be too far either. HTC might be the first company to launch such a handset, though companies like LG, Motorola or Samsung
will certainly follow suite soon.