On the heels of HTC’s recent announcement of the Rezound smartphone for Verizon Wireless, a new device has been leaked that may give any potential phone-buyer a case of cold feet. The HTC Edge is a monster of an Android device with a 720p screen at 4.7-inches, 1GB of RAM, and a crazy Nvidia Tegra 3 processor with four 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9 cores. The Rezound only has a dual-core chip.
This is the first quad-core phone to be leaked that we suspect actually exists. The choice of processor is actually very interesting, if accurate. HTC has always used Qualcomm parts in its phones, and the new Krait-based Snapdragons are on the horizon. This could be a sign that Nvidia is really stepping it up to get phone makers on board. No mention of LTE capability was made in the leak, just HSPA+ at this point.
As for software, the Edge is expected to bring a new version of HTC Sense, but it is unclear if it will be based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. We have to believe so, as the phone is not expected until late Q1 or early Q2 of 2012. Another thing to note, the HTC Edge render shows the phone with buttons, which is a very un-ICS design.