Rumor: The Quad-Core HTC Edge Breaks Cover

Dual-core processors? How passé. If the story surrounding this leaked render holds true, then HTC is already hard at work on their first quad-core powerhouse of a smartphone: the Edge.

At first glance, it doesn’t look much different than any other device HTC has put out in recent memory. The Edge reportedly sports a 4.7-inch 720p display and 1GB of RAM, which is great but let’s face it — that’s not why you’re here.

The big draw here is the 1.5GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset it’s got under the hood, making it one of the world’s first quad-core smartphones. Its release window is set for early next year, which makes the inclusion of Ice Cream Sandwich a tantalizing possibility since PocketNow’s sources don’t mention a particular Android build.

Sadly, there isn’t much detail when it comes to connectivity. The Edge is said to have support for 21Mbps HSDPA but no LTE radio, though PocketNow admits it’s possible that certain carriers may get LTE-tweaked variants.

Add a 10mm thick chassis, 32GB of internal storage, and HTC’s full suite of media apps (HTC Watch, HTC Play, etc.), and suddenly we’re looking at a device that seems too good to be true. While I always make it a point to have a grain of salt at the ready when these sorts of things pop up, the Edge is a compelling enough package that I find myself hoping against hope that it’s real.